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GM Buys Tesla Supplier; SpaceX Rocket Explodes; The 4-Day Workweek | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 146

Also on the podcast, manufacturer sues Norfolk Southern, tough working conditions at SpaceX, California city buys asphalt factory, Serta Simmons opens massive factory in Wisconsin and scientists turn invasive carp into double agents.

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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: 

Manufacturer Sticks with 4-Day Workweek - @3:46

Based in Willoughby, Ohio, Advanced RV isn't your typical small manufacturer.

Manufacturer Sues Norfolk Southern for Derailment that Closed His Businesses - @17:32

Edwin Wang is a business owner with companies near the site of the Norfolk Southern train derailment. This week, he sued the railroad for $500 million because most of his companies have remained out of business.

Investigation Reveals Sleep Deprivation, Drug Use Amid Harsh Working Conditions at SpaceX - @26:51

A recent Reuters investigation reported that working conditions at SpaceX led to some dreadful situations.

SpaceX Launches Giant New Rocket, But Explosions End Test Flight - @40:09

SpaceX tested its monster rocket the Starship last weekend. It lost the booster and the spacecraft in a pair of explosions minutes into the test flight.

Tesla Loses Vital Supplier to GM - @48:32

According to Reuters, GM just bought Tooling & Equipment International (TEI), a lesser known company that was an important Tesla supplier.

In Case You Missed It

Calif. City Buys, Shutters Asphalt Factory After Years of Odor Complaints - 1:00:03

And they paid well above fair market value.

Serta Simmons Bedding Opens Massive Factory in Wisconsin - @1:08:59

Serta Simmons Bedding last week held a grand opening event for its new state-of-the-art 500,000 square foot manufacturing plant in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Scientists Turn Invasive Carp Into Double Agents - @1:14:25

Wildlife officials across the Great Lakes are looking for spies.

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