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 versatile hunting dogs — Rupert, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, and Spinoni Kate and Oskar.

Graphene — the extremely strong and thin wonder material — may have another new use this time as edible RFID tags.
2.20.2018
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The penalties have been reduced for an Indiana auto parts plant originally facing $224,000 in fines after a worker was killed in an October industrial accident.
2.15.2018
10:49am
IMPO recently spoke with Toshiba America Business Solutions product manager Theresa Lee on how proper labeling can improve your supply chain efficiency, as...
2.12.2018
10:50am
Lack of sleep not only keeps you pressing the snooze button on your alarm clock morning after morning, but can also cause injuries to yourself and your...
2.8.2018
10:32am
Researchers from Binghamton University and Rutgers University may have found a way to put an end to crumbling roads with a self-healing concrete.
2.7.2018
5:55am
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In IMPO's January/February Digital Edition, we visit mezzanine and lift supplier Wildeck's Waukesha, WI facility. Plant Practices discusses how...
2.5.2018
5:45am
An Indiana woman was killed over the weekend after getting stuck in a machine at a Fort Wayne plastics factory.
1.11.2018
9:52am
Alabama will be the new home of a future Toyota-Mazda auto plant, sources say.
1.10.2018
9:55am
Samsung plans to begin operations at its South Carolina washing machine factory this month as top executives wait on a tariff decision by the U.S. government.
1.5.2018
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Crews at a Detroit wastewater treatment plant have discovered organs, or pieces of tissue, in late December.
1.4.2018
11:23am
An enterprise artificial intelligence company recently teamed up with a steel company to create the first smart steel production facility of its kind. IMPO...
1.4.2018
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We recently spoke with senior vice president of operations of The Raymond Corporation, Rick Harrington, on manufacturing workforce development and how...
12.29.2017
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Managing Editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier looks back on IMPO's top articles for 2017.
12.28.2017
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Managing Editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier looks back on IMPO's top news stories for 2017.
12.27.2017
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Managing Editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier looks back on IMPO's top blogs for 2017.
12.26.2017
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Managing editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier talks with Universal Robots founder Esben Østergaard about how safety is evolving in the world of robotics.
12.22.2017
9:35am
Managing editor Rachelle Blair-Frasier got an inside look at the latest in collaborative robotics at the annual Robotiq User Conference in Canada.
12.20.2017
4:54pm
Looking to nature for inspiration, a team of scientists are developing a bio-friendly power source, similar to the way electric eels generate power.
12.19.2017
2:49pm
One worker was killed and two others injured after becoming trapped in an ink vat in Sydney, Australia.
12.11.2017
11:08am
Intuitive warehouse staff stopped a group of thieves from escaping with building equipment using forklifts.
12.11.2017
10:34am
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
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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
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An Indiana automotive manufacturing facility is facing fines after an OSHA investigation found safety violations after a worker was killed.
11.28.2017
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Research out of the University of Washington could make it easier for facilities to locate water leaks in pipes.
11.22.2017
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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
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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
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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
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
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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
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A man was killed Wednesday morning after a fall from scaffolding at a Texas refinery.
10.5.2017
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