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    Rocket Lab to receive $24M in CHIPS funding, expand New Mexico plant

    The funds will help double solar cell production at the aerospace component maker’s Albuquerque facility.

    By June 12, 2024
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    ITC advances tariff petition of 7 US solar manufacturers

    The decision follows the expiration of a two-year moratorium on Southeast Asian solar import duties.

    By Diana DiGangi • June 10, 2024
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    The changing state of safety in manufacturing

    How companies can keep up with new safety protocols and stay ahead of FDA inspections. 

    By Manufacturing Dive staff
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    Canada border agent strike averted, for now

    The union representing border agents called off job action until further notice as mediated talks will continue until Wednesday.

    By Larry Avila • June 7, 2024
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    Stanley Black and Decker fined $222K for safety violations at Ohio plant

    The Department of Labor began investigating the Willard facility after a worker suffered severe burns while repairing an industrial oven.

    By June 6, 2024
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    Hyundai supplier site illegally jointly employed a 13-year-old: DOL

    In a statement, the automaker said the agency used “an unprecedented legal theory” to hold it accountable for the actions of its suppliers.

    By Ryan Golden • June 4, 2024
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    Chemours pauses production in Mexico amid drought

    The chemical company is one of multiple manufacturers in Tamaulipas pausing operations in as the state contends with a water shortage.

    By June 4, 2024
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    US finds labor rights denial at Volkswagen plant in Mexico

    Trade and labor officials found employees were denied freedom of association and collective bargaining rights after a recent union election.

    By June 3, 2024
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    High interest rates are stalling manufacturing growth: May PMI

    With the Federal Reserve unlikely to cut rates this summer, manufacturers aren't keen to invest in new orders or capacity.

    By June 3, 2024
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    Caterpillar to pay $800K discrimination settlement

    The Department of Labor found the manufacturer discriminated against 60 Black applicants at its Decatur, Illinois, factory.

    By May 31, 2024
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    Kenya could be first African country to receive CHIPS funding

    The U.S. is proposing $1 million in funds to grow Kenya's semiconductor industry and workforce.

    By May 30, 2024
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    Solar manufacturers clash over antidumping petition

    First Solar, Hanwha QCells and others say Chinese export practices threaten the U.S., but others claim the petition could hurt the future of the domestic solar supply chain.

    By Diana DiGangi • May 28, 2024
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    BASF reaches $316M PFAS settlement with US

    The Germany-based chemical maker joins 3M, DuPont and Tyco in settling allegations over forever chemicals water contamination.

    By May 23, 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.

    By May 21, 2024
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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.

    By Ryan Golden • May 21, 2024
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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.

    By May 21, 2024
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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.

    By Philip Neuffer • May 16, 2024
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    Tracking the Inflation Reduction Act’s impact on US manufacturing

    The landmark legislation has sparked a new wave of clean energy manufacturing. This database tracks major IRA-linked investments for projects in electric vehicles, solar and more on a monthly basis.

    By , Updated June 10, 2024
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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.

    By Laurel Deppen • May 16, 2024
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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.

    By May 14, 2024
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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.

    By May 13, 2024
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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.

    By Nick Paul Taylor • May 13, 2024
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    Commerce Department opens $285M in CHIPS funding for digital twin institute

    The emerging technology can help improve capacity planning, production optimization and facility upgrades.

    By May 10, 2024
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    Courtesy of Ford.

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    DOE seeks public input on scaling energy storage manufacturing challenges

    The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information focused on energy storage design challenges and how they limit manufacturing scalability.

    By Robert Walton • May 10, 2024
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    How the FTC’s noncompete ban could impact manufacturing operations and innovation

    Companies should start preparing now for how to better protect trade secrets, from the factory floor to R&D. 

    By May 8, 2024
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    Automakers get more flexibility as US finalizes EV tax credit rules

    The tax credits are part of the Inflation Reduction Act intended to spur the adoption of electric vehicles while bolstering domestic battery manufacturing.

    By Eric Walz • May 8, 2024