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    Deere lays off 190 more workers at Iowa plant

    The farm machinery maker has notified 500 employees about job cuts since March as it slows production at its Waterloo facility.

  • Lithium-rich brine dries in an evaporation pond next to mounds of salt bi-product at a lithium mine in the Atacama Desert on August 24, 2022 in Salar de Atacama, Chile.
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    Battery, critical mineral producers face inventory glut amid slowing EV demand

    The oversupply, however, is likely to be short-lived, with experts urging diversified sourcing and increased investments to avoid future shortfalls.

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    Courtesy of Kohler.

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    Kohler opens bath and shower fixtures facility in Arizona

    The company is in talks with the Department of Energy to receive up to $51.2 million for decarbonizing the Casa Grande plant.

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    Employers should include workers in AI plans, DOL says

    The agency outlined a list of eight “AI Principles for Developers and Employers,” following up on a 2023 directive from the White House.

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    Retrieved from MyExposome on May 20, 2024
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    NIST funds 12 small semiconductor, biotech businesses

    The $1.2 million will be used for research and development projects in PFAS detection, cybersecurity and more.

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    Colorado, Vermont become latest states to expand PFAS crackdown

    The two states banned the forever chemicals in items like turf and menstruation products, while San Francisco prohibited them in firefighting gear.

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    Mercedes-Benz workers in Alabama vote against joining UAW

    The United Auto Workers did not say it would challenge Friday's election results.

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    Spirit AeroSystems to cut jobs at Kansas plant

    The Boeing and Airbus supplier blamed the cuts on high inventory levels as its deliveries plunged last quarter.

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    China-based battery maker to build first US plant in North Carolina

    Green New Energy Materials’ $140 million battery separator manufacturing facility will create 545 jobs.

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    Stellantis’ volumes nearly 100K less in Q1. Here’s where production was cut.

    The automaker expects production of next-generation vehicles to ramp up “significantly” in the second half of 2024.

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    Deep Dive

    Embracing continuous manufacturing in the pharmaceutical industry

    Drugmakers have been slow to adopt the production process, which experts say can streamline operations, boost data quality and reduce time to market.

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    Shein factory employees work 75-hour weeks for low wages: report

    Following allegations from human rights group Public Eye, the fast fashion giant said it invests tens of millions of dollars into strengthening its supply chain governance and compliance.

  • Protesters hold up signs with messages proclaiming "Tariffs are taxes" and "We don't want tariffs" in front of the U.S. Capitol
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    Industry leaders react to tariff hikes on China-made goods

    The National Association of Manufacturers and other groups expressed disappointment on Biden’s decision to expand Section 301 tariffs.

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    Generative AI is a looming cybersecurity threat

    As companies like Coca-Cola and General Mills adopt AI, experts say the cybercrime ecosystem will start developing tools and attacks to go after the technology.

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    Spirit AeroSystems lost $617M in Q1 as pricing talks with Airbus stall

    The supplier is navigating dueling priorities to address quality issues with Boeing at the same time it’s attempting to negotiate with Airbus. 

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    Boeing may face criminal charges over fatal 737 Max crashes, Justice Department says

    The aircraft maker could now be on the hook for defrauding federal regulators over two 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people.

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    Deere lays off 34 more workers in Illinois

    Hundreds of factory workers across the Midwest have lost their jobs in recent months as the company adjusts to declining equipment demand.

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    Biden hikes tariffs on China-made EVs, batteries, semiconductors

    The tariffs align with U.S. efforts to get ahead of China in clean energy and advanced technology manufacturing, while also increasing supply chain control.

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    Boviet Solar to open North Carolina solar panel factory

    The Vietnam-based manufacturer will build its first North America facility for $294 million.

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    3M expands Nebraska protective equipment plant

    The $67 million project will boost the manufacturer’s capacity to make reusable respirators and Peltor brand earmuffs.

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    Tech skills gaps put pressure on existing IT staff

    Technologists surveyed by Pluralsight said workloads have increased and projects have been abandoned as tech proficiency gaps mount.

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    Polar Semiconductor granted $120M in CHIPS funding

    The investment will expand the chipmaker's Bloomington, Minnesota, facility and introduce new automation and AI technologies.

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    Ferrero unwraps first chocolate factory in North America

    The Bloomington, Illinois, expansion will make major brands like Kinder, Ferrero Rocher, Butterfinger and Crunch.

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    Integra still addressing problems at Boston plant

    A third-party audit identified more issues, forcing the medical equipment maker to keep its Surgimend and Primatrix products off the market.

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    Deep Dive // Quality control at Boeing

    Why Boeing’s back is ‘against a wall’ in its labor negotiations

    The aircraft maker is in the midst of bargaining with two of its unions. Experts say the company's litany of quality problems give unions the upper hand.