Rachelle Blair-Frasier
Managing Editor

Rachelle Blair-Frasier is the Managing Editor of IMPO. Rachelle joined ABM after working through the ranks of the weekly newspaper industry from reporter, to editor, to managing editor at the Lodi Enterprise and Poynette Press in southern Wisconsin. Rachelle received a Bachelor of Science journalism degree from Central Michigan University before relocating to Wisconsin to pursue a career. Rachelle’s interests lie in the outdoors, cooking and self-sufficiency. When she’s not researching the latest manufacturing news, she’s tending to her 1,200-square-foot vegetable garden, trying out a new recipe or training her and her husband’s two versatile hunting dogs — Rupert, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and Kate, a Spinone Italiano.

It’s a question I’m sure everyone in the industry has had to answer once or twice. “What’s so cool about manufacturing?” Instead of responding to the question...
3.23.2017
5:34am
More than a year has passed since a technician was killed by a robot at a Michigan factory, and her family wants answers.
3.20.2017
8:37am
A slowdown in North American business and a high inventory in China has led to more than 30 employees to be laid off at a Zippo plant.
3.17.2017
8:19am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, a robot that learns by reading thoughts and a greener alternative for 3D printing.
by Andy Szal
3.16.2017
10:07am
A former candy factory in Minnesota will have a new life as a pet treat manufacturer and hired back some of the previous employees.
3.13.2017
9:13am
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In order to meet president Donald Trump’s pleas to have Apple products manufactured in the U.S., funds may need to be available for foreign investors.
3.13.2017
9:10am
“Made In America”. More and more that little flag stamped on products is becoming a decision factor for American shoppers. Now, Detroit rap/rocker Kid Rock is...
3.8.2017
8:08am
Anderson, Indiana will soon be the new home of a Japanese-based auto parts factory bringing 200 jobs to the area.
3.6.2017
10:50am
Nearly 2,000 workers will leave through voluntary buyouts as Boeing moves forward on job cuts previously announced in December.
3.6.2017
10:34am
The effective date of a long-awaited rule that would reduce workers’ exposure to beryllium — a substance known to cause cancer — has been pushed back. Again....
3.3.2017
7:43am
In this episode of Manufacturing Minute, pulling uranium out of seawater and an adorable dog-drone is this Japanese town’s mascot.
by Abbey Dean
3.2.2017
10:15am
Hasbro announced that starting mid-2018, the company will work with a manufacturing partner to produce Play-Doh at a facility in East Longmeadow, MA.
3.1.2017
9:53am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, a bi-pedal delivery service robot and creating tires from grass and trees.
by Jon Minnick
2.23.2017
10:50am
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Udaya Devineni, Senior Vice President of Services at Schneider Electric, discusses the potential Trump’s public infrastructure modernization plan creates for...
2.23.2017
7:06am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, improving industrial maintenance with drones and trapping waste energy to power wearables.
by Andy Szal
2.16.2017
10:19am
Nearly 20 employees at a Kansas manufacturing plant were treated after carbon monoxide exposure earlier this week.
2.16.2017
10:13am
Early last month a long-awaited rule to limit workers’ exposure to beryllium — a substance known to cause cancer — had been finalized by the Occupational...
2.16.2017
8:16am
Airgas has been fined $12,000 after a 2016 explosion at the Cantonment, FL facility killed an employee.
2.10.2017
10:01am
In this episode of Manufacturing Minute, artificial skin inspired by snakes and building a reliable wireless factory.
by Andy Szal
2.9.2017
10:36am
Cereal and snack maker Kellogg Co. has announced plans to close a distribution center in upstate New York.
2.9.2017
9:56am
Hourly workers at General Motors will see record bonus checks — up to $12,000 — after the company’s profits exceeded expectations.
2.7.2017
10:07am
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A woman faces felony charges after allegedly putting dirt and sand on chicken at a Minnesota plant, causing a recall of more than 27 tons of chicken.
2.6.2017
8:51am
The workday was anything but ordinary for an airline maintenance employee who discovered more than 30 pounds of cocaine earlier this week.
2.1.2017
8:09am
As a reward to helping Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reach strong operating results, nearly 100,000 hourly employees will receive bonuses.
1.27.2017
10:03am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, making synthetic spider silk and the world’s tightest knot.
by Andy Szal
1.19.2017
9:23am
Top safety expert Todd Grover discusses the newly unveiled ANSI/ASSE Lockout, Tagout and Alternative Methods standards.
1.19.2017
7:31am
Last week Procter & Gamble announced plans to eliminate 100 percent of the company's manufacturing waste within four years.
1.17.2017
9:02am
An Atlanta-based paper and plastic recycler faces more than $133,000 in penalties after Department of Labor investigators found workers exposed to fire,...
1.16.2017
7:48am
More than three dozen reported spills at an upstate New York chemical plant, all since workers went on strike in November, have state officials concerned about...
1.13.2017
10:06am
Six people were injured during an explosion at a truck plant in southeastern Minnesota on Wednesday.
1.12.2017
9:30am
A Georgia peanut processing company will pay more than $55,000 in overtime back wages to 46 employees after a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) investigation.
1.12.2017
8:13am
Six people were injured in an explosion at a coal-fired power station in Ohio on Tuesday.
1.11.2017
10:12am
A long-awaited rule to limit workers’ exposure to beryllium — a substance known to cause cancer — has been finalized by the Occupational Safety and Health...
1.10.2017
8:00am
Fiat Chrysler announced Sunday plans to spend $1 billion in U.S. manufacturing. The move includes modernizing factories in Warren, MI and Toledo, Ohio as well...
1.9.2017
9:40am
A beef jerky plant employee was fired two days after attempting to call 911 when a co-worker severed their thumb. Now, the manufacturer is being sued.
1.9.2017
8:14am
Finding appealing ways to keep workers aware of safety can be difficult. But Grainger has stepped up to the challenge with a line of vintage-inspired workplace...
1.6.2017
8:12am
A Delaware poultry processor faces nearly $40,000 in penalties after an employee lost a finger during packaging machine operation.
1.5.2017
7:31am
Check out what blogs IMPO readers clicked on the most this past year. Did your favorite make the list?
12.29.2016
8:58am
Safety is always a hot topic here at IMPO, so it’s no surprise that our contributed articles that centered around increasing safety on the plant floor and the...
12.28.2016
8:00am