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.

We cover a lot of health, safety and maintenance issues at IMPO, but one rarely discussed is the damaging effects roosting pigeons could have at manufacturing...
12.5.2017
10:11am
A new training facility in Kentucky hopes to give former coal miners the skills they need for a career in advanced manufacturing.
11.30.2017
7:15am
An Indiana automotive manufacturing facility is facing fines after an OSHA investigation found safety violations after a worker was killed.
11.28.2017
3:09pm
Research out of the University of Washington could make it easier for facilities to locate water leaks in pipes.
11.22.2017
7:09am
Check out this video showing examples of operators handling forklifts in a careless manner, causing chaos, damages and injuries. Most, if not all, could have...
11.17.2017
7:00am
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A Houston-area chemical plant — that suffered from flooding, power loss and two explosions as a result of Hurricane Harvey — was unprepared, according to...
11.15.2017
3:39pm
Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. celebrated 50 years of forklifts in the U.S. with plant tours and golden forklifts.
11.14.2017
7:09am
In an effort to support the community while building a pipeline for talented workers in the manufacturing industry, a German company and its American...
11.13.2017
5:01pm
Despite losing millions of jobs over the last decade to automation and offshoring, the American manufacturing industry is making a comeback. In fact —...
11.9.2017
7:12am
Local law enforcement is investigating an accident at a Wisconsin distribution center that led to a worker being killed.
11.6.2017
10:35am
IMPO's November/December Digital Edition takes an inside look at the latest in collaborative robotics at the annual Robotiq User Conference in Canada....
11.3.2017
10:59am
Thanks to our sense of touch, we can figure out the best way to grab keys in our pocket without ever looking at them. And now, thanks to engineers at the...
10.25.2017
7:32am
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating an Indiana manufacturing plant after a worker was killed Saturday.
10.24.2017
4:20pm
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How will automation affect manufacturing jobs? Managing editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier recently had the opportunity to attend the Robotiq User Conference which...
10.24.2017
10:26am
Authorities are investigating an accident that led to the death of a factory worker at a Wisconsin facility.
10.18.2017
4:14pm
The former Oscar Mayer headquarters in Madison, WI could have a new life after a company that buys shuttered plants and sells their assets, announced plans to...
10.11.2017
10:50am
In an Oct. 4 letter sent to OSHA’s acting assistant secretary of labor, Loren Sweatt, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) expressed concern regarding the agency’s...
10.10.2017
1:25pm
It's Oct. 6, and you know what that means — it's Manufacturing Day. Here’s just a glimpse at some of the great events companies and organizations are...
10.6.2017
9:59am
A man was killed Wednesday morning after a fall from scaffolding at a Texas refinery.
10.5.2017
12:01pm
Managing editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier discusses how the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce is helping create a workforce pipeline for the multiple...
10.5.2017
10:15am
Before celebrating this year's Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 6, check out this infographic about how the event, and participation, has grown over the...
10.4.2017
7:38am
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In IMPO's October Digital Edition, we celebrate Toyota Material Handling U.S.A.'s 50th anniversary of forklifts in the U.S. In Maintenance Matters,...
10.4.2017
7:26am
Managing Editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier discusses utilizing drone technology in industrial and manufacturing markets with CloudD8ta co-founder Dallas VanZanten...
10.3.2017
9:12am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier discusses how Dubai has green-lit a multi-stage project to build an 853-foot solar tower —...
9.27.2017
10:29am
IMPO managing editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier shares the scene Tuesday at the NSC expo in Indianapolis, where OSHA unveiled its annual list of its top 10 most...
9.27.2017
10:01am
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating after an employee was killed in an accident at a Pennsylvania Amazon facility.
9.21.2017
2:49pm
Take a look at the new 3D printing, repair and tactical products companies in Tennessee’s manufacturing hub.
9.12.2017
7:14am
IMPO's September Digital Edition features a tour of 3D printing, repair and tactical products start-up companies in Chattanooga, TN. Plant Practices takes...
9.5.2017
6:26am
In this latest Manufacturing Minute Episode, we discuss the discovery of a new surface for ships that prevents buildup of barnacles, mussels and seaweeds, as...
by Rachelle Blair-Frasier
8.29.2017
10:26am
A Colorado coal mine worker was killed after being trapped under a two-ton trough.
8.28.2017
8:18am
A worker was killed earlier this month after being buried in soybeans in a grain bin.
8.25.2017
7:38am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, Depth-Sensing IR Cameras and Graphene-Fed Spiders Spin Super Silk.
8.22.2017
10:16am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, propelling satellites with teaspoons of water and a spit activated battery
8.15.2017
10:10am
An investigation continues after a worker died earlier this week in an accident at an Alabama automotive metals manufacturing plant.
8.11.2017
10:58am
In this Manufacturing Minute episode, creating cheaper, greener biofuels from recycled aluminum foil and a look at smart underwear.
8.8.2017
10:41am
TreeHouse Foods announced this week plans to close two plants and layoff around 375 workers.
8.3.2017
10:30am
A natural gas explosion at a Minneapolis school collapsed part of the building killing two people and injuring 9 others. The explosion was caused when...
8.3.2017
9:16am
A look inside Raymond Corporation’s RayBuilt Center of Excellence facility in Syracuse, NY.
8.2.2017
10:09am
Having plans in place, and adhering to those plans, is one of the best ways to mitigate maintenance and safety risks. However, you can never be fully-prepared...
7.28.2017
8:30am