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.

German candy maker Haribo on Thursday announced plans to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility.
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3.24.2017
9:20am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode recycling industrial pollution and a look at Google's Project Sunroof.
by Abbey Dean
3.23.2017
8:20am
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
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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
8:58am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, why these nanoparticles could lead to more efficient metalworking and a new partnership between Ford and the city of...
by Abbey Dean
1.26.2017
10:32am
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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
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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
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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
7:54am
Many labor economists believe that a handful of steps could help ease the impact of automation on the U.S. manufacturing workforce.
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12.22.2016
8:26am
General Motors plans to lay off nearly 1,300 workers at a Detroit auto plant as part of its effort to curtail output of passenger cars.
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12.21.2016
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An Iowa dairy producer this week outlined plans to resume cheese production in the wake of a listeria scare earlier this year.
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12.20.2016
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Companies in British Columbia are increasingly using more sophisticated vehicle back-up alarms in an effort to keep passersby safe, provincial safety officials...
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12.19.2016
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Industrial production in the U.S. declined for the third time in fourth months in November, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Reserve.
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12.16.2016
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In the wake of the election last month, Trump was quick to highlight decisions by Carrier and Ford to remain in the U.S., but economists noted that those moves...
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12.15.2016
9:26am
The head of one of the nation's top chemical producers will help dictate federal policy toward all manufacturers in the forthcoming Trump administration.
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12.13.2016
4:22pm
Substantial job turnover in the U.S. manufacturing sector is due more to workers voluntarily quitting their jobs than to layoffs — contrary to recent election...
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12.13.2016
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New orders for manufactured goods in the U.S. climbed for the fourth consecutive month in October, the Commerce Department announced Tuesday.
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12.7.2016
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The U.S. manufacturing industry grew for the third consecutive month in November, according to the latest poll of supply executives by the Institute for Supply...
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12.5.2016
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The top automakers in the U.S. generally reported improved November sales compared to the same month in 2015 — which had two fewer selling days.
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12.2.2016
8:09am
Electric vehicle startup Lucid Motors announced this week that it would build its first auto plant in Arizona.
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12.1.2016
8:12am
In this episode of Manufacturing Minute, using clothing to keep chemicals out of water and a look at the tech behind Tesla’s self-driving cars.
by Abbey Dean
11.29.2016
10:44am