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 investigation into a deadly 2016 crash involving Tesla's semi-autonomous driving system showed that the driver was warned numerous times to keep his...
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6.23.2017
9:41am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, emissions from idling vehicles and BMW gets into the scooter market.
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6.22.2017
10:25am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, a creepy Robocop joins the Dubai police force and room-temperature metal refining.
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6.13.2017
10:18am
Telsa CEO Elon Musk reportedly asked to meet with any employee injured on the job after an analysis found elevated injury rates at the electric vehicle maker...
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6.6.2017
7:10am
The largest U.S. automakers reported stagnant sales numbers in May despite more strong performances by trucks and SUVs.
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6.2.2017
9:12am
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A group of Democratic senators recently asked the Trump administration to review delays in recent federal rules designed to further reduce workplace exposure...
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5.31.2017
7:04am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, protecting 3D-printed prototypes and a bacteria-laden fabric that could help keep you cool.
5.30.2017
10:04am
Tesla's California auto plant saw a higher rate of workplace injuries that the U.S. auto industry as a whole in recent years, a newly released report...
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5.30.2017
7:47am
The Trump administration this week released details of its first budget proposal, which confirmed sweeping cuts to nearly every government agency.
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5.26.2017
7:17am
Federal investigators believe that a Vermont man stole equipment from the cheese plant where he worked in order to sell maple syrup production equipment on the...
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5.19.2017
10:11am
Democratic lawmakers this week introduced legislation that would restore the ability of federal labor authorities to penalize employers for certain record-...
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5.19.2017
10:07am
The nation's top automakers this week all reported slower April sales compared to the same month of 2016.
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5.3.2017
9:36am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, making robots easy to use and answers to lingering questions about AeroMobil’s flying car debut.
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4.27.2017
10:59am
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Manufacturers need to change their approaches if they hope to reduce the gender gap in their industry, according to a recent analysis.
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4.25.2017
10:07am
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
7:45am
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
8:50am
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
8:50am
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
8:48am
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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
5:27pm
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
5:18pm
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
12:45pm
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
11:13am
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
8:12am
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.
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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.
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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
8:36am
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
9:31am
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
8:06am
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
8:37am
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
9:06am
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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