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    Ford investing $3B to expand Super Duty F-Series production

    The automaker aims to boost initial output by 100,000 vehicles a year.

    By Eric Walz • July 22, 2024
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    Manufacturing and workforce innovation

    How mentoring programs help manufacturers build a future workforce

    Companies like Fastenal and TE Connectivity have launched successful mentorship and training options for current employees and emerging leaders.

    By Sakshi Udavant • July 22, 2024
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    Trendline

    How manufacturers are approaching workforce development

    A wave of tech and investment changes are reshaping how manufacturers strategize around workforce recruitment and training. Read up on the latest trends.

    By Manufacturing Dive staff
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    Jelly Belly to close North Chicago plant, lay off 66 workers

    The parent company will move production to a nearby facility, according to parent company Ferrara Candy Co., which also makes Nerds and SweeTarts.

    By July 18, 2024
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    Q&A

    3 questions for Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves

    The leader tells Manufacturing Dive how the agency is helping connect manufacturers with resources to grow the industry in the U.S.

    By July 17, 2024
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    Courtesy of LS Greenlink USA.

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    LS GreenLink USA to build $680M subsea cable plant in Virginia

    The Chesapeake facility aims to meet demand for submarine power cables for offshore wind projects.

    By July 16, 2024
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    Deere lays off 345 more workers in Iowa

    The tractor giant has cut more than 1,500 employees at factories across two Midwest states over the past year in response to slowing equipment demand.

    By Nathan Owens • July 15, 2024
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    Courtesy of JSW Steel USA.

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    JSW Steel investing $110M to upgrade Houston-area plant

    The funds will renovate the Baytown, Texas, facility to produce monopile “clean steel” plates for the expanding U.S. offshore wind energy sector.

    By July 15, 2024
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    Manufacturing and workforce innovation

    Remote work: How manufacturers are experimenting in a hands-on industry

    Manufacturers are strategizing how to integrate work-from-home policies to boost retention, but doing so is tricky in an industry that requires in-person labor.

    By Megan Ruggles • July 15, 2024
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    Employer support for flexible work remains strong: SHRM

    Employers should streamline leave policies to address employee needs, the Society for Human Resource Management said.

    By Ryan Golden • July 12, 2024
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    DOE allocates $1.7B for auto factory conversions

    Eleven shuttered or at-risk facilities in eight states will be converted to support electric vehicle manufacturing.

    By July 12, 2024
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    Courtesy of ADM.

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    3M CFO to resign at month’s end

    Monish Patolawala is leaving to begin his post as the CFO and EVP at food and beverage manufacturer ADM on Aug. 1. 

    By July 11, 2024
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    Courtesy of Enso and Arup.

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    Enso to build $500M carbon-neutral EV tire factory

    The London-based startup aims to phase out fossil fuel-based raw materials from its tires by 2030.

    By July 9, 2024
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    WestRock breaks ground on corrugated box ‘superplant’ in Wisconsin

    The "highly automated" Pleasant Prairie facility is one of the packaging maker's largest investments and strategically located to serve the Midwest.

    By Katie Pyzyk • July 3, 2024
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    OSHA proposes rule to protect workers from extreme heat

    The standard would require employers to provide water and rest breaks when high heat creates a hazardous work environment indoors or outdoors.

    By Zachary Phillips • July 2, 2024
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    Agco to lay off 6% of workforce, citing ‘weakening demand’

    The farm equipment maker expects to cut its salaried workforce signicantly just days after disclosing some production in Kansas will move to Mexico.

    By Nathan Owens • July 1, 2024
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    Manufacturing is ‘stuck’: June PMI

    Caution continues to run through the industry as manufacturers hesitate to spend on labor and production with interest rates still high.

    By July 1, 2024
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    3 adjustments to make for the DOL overtime rule

    The new rule is set to go into effect today, raising the minimum salary threshold to $43,888. Here's how to ensure you're compliant.

    By Emilie Shumway • July 1, 2024
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    Condair Group to build evaporative technology plant in Virginia

    The Richmond facility is part of the humidifier maker’s goal to better serve customers in the data center, market such as Microsoft and Amazon.

    By June 28, 2024
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    Courtesy of Petmate.

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    Petmate faces $279K in fines for safety violations at Texas plant

    The Labor Department investigated the Arlington, Texas, facility after an employee suffered severe burns while cleaning a foam machine.

    By June 27, 2024
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    As LGBTQ+ allyship at work grows, persistent challenges remain

    Survey findings highlighted a clear call for employers to authentically include workers, staffing agency Randstad said.

    By Carolyn Crist • June 25, 2024
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    Manufacturing and workforce innovation

    How a small manufacturer made a 4-day workweek make sense

    Machineosaurus Manufacturing Company made the switch last fall. What it learned about the pros and cons of a shortened schedule, and why the CEO says it won't go back.

    By Rebecca Heilweil • June 25, 2024
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    Cargill to lay off 178 workers ahead of California meat plant sale

    The company last month inked a deal to sell its Fresno meat facility to Central Valley Meat, the state’s largest beef producer.

    By Nathan Owens • June 24, 2024
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    GKN Aerospace to expand California plant

    The aircraft component maker plans to double production capacity for F-35 fighter jet canopies at its Garden Grove facility.

    By June 24, 2024
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    Toyota plans new drivetrain parts facility in Texas

    The automaker is investing $531 million to add a 500,000-square-foot plant to its San Antonio campus.

    By June 21, 2024
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    Ultium Cells workers ratify UAW contract

    The Ohio plant workers approved the first battery manufacturing union deal in the U.S., according to the parties.

    By June 21, 2024