Man Wins Candy Factory; Harley Launches E-bike; Toyota Scraps V8 | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 34

Also on the podcast, Lucid passes Tesla, bug meat farming ethics, Colt's comeback, McDonald's ditches plastic toys, Walmart labels "better" products and aluminum wrap saves homes in wildfires.

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Colt Poised for U.S. Comeback

In May, Ceska Zbrojovka Group bought Colt Holding Company for $222 million. The gun maker is based in the Czech Republic and wants to parlay the Colt name into more market share around the world and contend for some U.S. military contracts.

Toyota Scraps V8 in Pickup Redesign

Toyota is voiding the V8 engine that got only 13 miles per gallon in the city and 17 on the highway.

Lucid Unseats Tesla as Electric Vehicle Range King

Tesla’s reign atop electric vehicle driving range is over.

Harley-Davidson Launches E-bike

Harley-Davidson’s Serial 1 has launched the S1 MOSH/TRIBUTE e-bike based on its oldest known motorcycle.

39-Year-Old Wins Candy Factory in Scavenger Hunt

On Aug. 29, a year-long treasure hunt inspired by Willy Wonka came to an end. 39-year-old Andrew Maas found a golden ticket buried under the Vermont Covered Bridge in Kokomo, Indiana and won a 4,000-square-foot Florida candy factory.

In Case You Missed It

More People Are Eating Bugs

Insect farming, also called "mini-livestock," is a rapidly growing industry with hundreds of companies worldwide rearing insects at industrial scales. The industry is expected to be valued at US$1.18 billion by 2023.

Walmart Labeling ‘Better’ Products

Walmart's “Built for Better” program is an attempt to make it easier for shoppers to identify products that “are good for their families, the people who made them and the planet.”

Aluminum Wrap Used to Protect Homes

They are pricey and difficult to install, but these flexible aluminum sheets could save a lot of homes.

McDonald's Phasing Plastic Toys Out of Happy Meals

By 2025, McDonald’s is going to "drastically” reduce the plastic in its Happy Meal toys.

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