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Kia's 'Wake-Up Call'; Old Toilet Factory Closes; Tesla's Price Cuts | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 140

Also on the podcast, actuator failure caused seaplane crash, coal industry to lose 1 million jobs, the looming baker shortage, America's farmers get old and Eli Lilly settles with whistleblower.

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Every week, we cover the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week: 

Coal Industry On Track to Shed 1 Million Jobs - @3:37

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the U.S. coal industry will see nearly a quarter of its operating plants close by 2030.

Failure of Single Component Caused Seaplane Crash that Killed 10 - @13:30

The NTSB last week confirmed that a mechanical issue caused a seaplane crash that killed 10 people near Washington state last year.

Price Cuts Mean Tesla Model 3 Cost on Par with Toyota Corolla - @22:22

Tesla has been cutting prices for the better part of the year.

94-Year-Old Toilet Maker Closing Up Shop - @34:02

Mansfield Plumbing Products has a 94-year legacy in Perrysville, Ohio.

Kia Calls New EV SUV a 'Wake-Up Call to the Industry' - @44:13

Kia apparently took consumer costs into consideration when deciding the starting price for its new 2024 Kia EV9, the automaker’s first three-row electric SUV.

In Case You Missed It

America's Farmers Are Getting Older - @54:36

And young people aren't rushing to join them.

ABA Warns of Looming Workforce Shortage - @1:00:39

The group estimates that the commercial baking industry is facing a shortfall of more than 50,000 workers.

Eli Lilly Settles With ‘Simply Wrong’ Whistleblower - @1:05:45

Eli Lilly has settled a lawsuit with a former human resources officer.

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