Andy Szal
Digital Reporter

Andy Szal writes about manufacturing, technology, energy, food, labor and regulatory issues for Advantage Business Media's manufacturing group. He previously spent nearly 10 years covering politics and business issues in Madison, Wisconsin.

An overheated pump led to an August explosion that killed an employee at an Airgas plant in Cantonment, FL, federal investigators reported this week.
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4.21.2017
10:43am
Manufacturers' payments for insurance policies that guard against cyberattacks nearly doubled last year, according to a recent analysis.
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4.20.2017
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A portion of Tesla's "Gigafactory" battery plant in northern Nevada was evacuated after a cleaning solvent spilled at a loading dock Monday.
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4.19.2017
7:38am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, self-diagnosing industrial equipment and Ford debuts a crib that simulates night-time drives.
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4.13.2017
2:23pm
Power management company Eaton and engine maker Cummins this week announced a joint venture to produce automatic transmissions for commercial vehicles.
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4.13.2017
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A Kentucky startup could provide a solution for companies that want to make their products in the U.S. without the massive capital investment that would...
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4.11.2017
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A former Obama administration labor official last month vowed to disclose major penalties for workplace safety violations after the Occupational Safety and...
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4.6.2017
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March's PMI snapped a six-month streak of accelerating manufacturing growth, but ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee chairman Bradley Holcomb...
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4.4.2017
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The nation's largest automakers mostly reported slower March sales just days after a report indicated that dealer inventories are at their highest levels...
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4.4.2017
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Construction equipment giant Caterpillar plans to lay off about 800 workers as it shutters a Chicago-area factory in coming months.
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4.3.2017
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A federal rule that required potential government contractors to disclose previous labor law violations was rescinded this week after about seven months on the...
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3.30.2017
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Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday announced plans to spend $1.2 billion to upgrade three Michigan plants and support 130 jobs at an engine factory outside Detroit.
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3.29.2017
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As advanced technology increasingly takes over manufacturing, a new report warns that the U.S. lags behind rival nations in producing the sophisticated...
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3.29.2017
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German candy maker Haribo on Thursday announced plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility.
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3.24.2017
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In this Manufacturing Minute episode recycling industrial pollution and a look at Google's Project Sunroof.
by Abbey Dean
3.23.2017
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The Trump administration's preliminary budget proposal could jeopardize a federal grant program that long provided safety training to workers in often-...
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3.23.2017
5:42am
Budget plans released last week by the White House drew headlines for sweeping cuts to federal agencies and programs — from aid to the poor to the...
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3.20.2017
7:48am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, turning paper waste into plastic and a creepy robotic snake.
by Abbey Dean
3.9.2017
10:39am
House Republicans last week moved to block a rule that would have enabled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to cite companies for record-...
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3.7.2017
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The latest monthly poll of U.S. supply chain executives continued to reflect momentum in the nation's manufacturing sector.
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3.3.2017
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The top automakers in the U.S. car market saw mixed results in their February sales totals disclosed this week.
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3.2.2017
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Fire department officials in Torrance, Calif., reportedly plan to endorse the continued use of a potentially dangerous chemical at the city's sprawling...
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3.1.2017
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President Donald Trump's unconventional path to the White House could mean that the nation's workplace safety laws could get an unusual amount of...
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2.8.2017
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Detroit's "Big Three" automakers this week each reported lower January sales compared to the first month of 2016.
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2.2.2017
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One key to bolstering manufacturing jobs in the U.S. could depend on overhauling the country's impression of what used to be called "blue-collar...
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2.1.2017
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In this Manufacturing Minute episode, why these nanoparticles could lead to more efficient metalworking and a new partnership between Ford and the city of...
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1.26.2017
10:32am
Toyota plans to invest $600 million in its facility in southwestern Indiana to add vehicle production capacity as well as 400 new jobs.
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1.25.2017
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President Donald Trump reportedly told manufacturing executives on Monday that his administration believes "we can cut regulations by 75 percent, maybe...
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1.24.2017
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A recent report suggests that half of jobs performed by humans could be automated in coming decades.
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1.17.2017
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reported this week that thousands of industrial facilities nationwide trimmed their emissions of toxic chemicals by 56...
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1.16.2017
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In this episode of Manufacturing Minute, using an artificial leaf to harvest hydrogen fuel and what happens after we land on Mars.
by Abbey Dean
1.13.2017
8:27am
The U.S. manufacturing sector finished 2016 with better hiring numbers but lost jobs overall during the course of the year.
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1.9.2017
10:17am
Stanley Black & Decker plans to produce more Craftsman tools in the U.S. after acquiring the brand from Sears Holdings.
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1.6.2017
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The top automakers in the U.S. market reported mixed results for 2016 following their final monthly sales reports for the year.
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1.5.2017
8:29am
Ford announced this week that it would cancel a planned $1.6 billion auto plant in Mexico and instead invest $700 million to expand a Detroit-area facility.
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1.4.2017
3:31pm
A sharp increase in the value of the U.S. dollar in recent weeks increase prompted concerns from analysts about its impact on the nation’s manufacturing sector.
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1.4.2017
8:57am
In this episode of Manufacturing Minute, see how deer antlers could lead to stronger materials and a drone powerful enough to carry humans.
by Jon Minnick
1.3.2017
10:23am
A recent federal report found that the number of fatal workplace injuries edged up slightly across all U.S. occupations — and in the manufacturing sector alone...
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12.27.2016
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President-elect Donald Trump came under fire last month after downplaying several high-profile campaign pledges — from his call to investigate Democratic...
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12.23.2016
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