Subaru Blames McDonald's; Catalytic Converter Takedown; Hyperloop Parking Lot | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 93

Also on the podcast, the best places to work in manufacturing, PG&E backs anti-mylar balloon law, small towns have water problems, staffing agency pays over intimidation and retaliation and an accident at a Brooklyn bakery.

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The Today in Manufacturing Podcast is brought to you by the editors from and Industrial Equipment News (IEN). In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

The Best Places to Work in Manufacturing in 2022 - @1:58

SmartAsset recently unveiled the best places to work in manufacturing.

Bakery Manufacturing Facility Worker Locked in Freezer Overnight - @10:08

Last Thursday, coworkers found a 33-year-old man dead in a walk-in freezer at Beigel’s Bakery, a Brooklyn bakery manufacturing facility.

Hyperloop Prototype Turned Into Parking Lot - @16:18

The prototype SpaceX Hyperloop tunnel has been torn down and turned into a parking lot for SpaceX employees.

U.S. Takes Down Nationwide Catalytic Converter Theft Ring - @24:45

Last week, law enforcement partners from across the U.S. took down a national network of thieves, dealers and processors for their roles in a catalytic converter theft ring which sold the parts to a metal refinery for tens of millions of dollars.

Subaru Won't Invest in U.S. Plant, Blames McDonald's -@34:34

Subaru wants to make EVs, but it will look for places outside of the U.S. because of the cost of labor.

In Case You Missed It

PG&E Backs Law That Would Ban Electricity-Conducting Mylar Balloons - @44:00

Metallic balloons conduct electricity and can pose a threat to public safety. If they float into powerlines, they can disrupt electric service to an entire neighborhood.

Destitute Small Town Means Dangerous Tap Water - @49:32

While big city water failures attract attention, small communities are often left unprotected by destitute and unmaintained water providers.

Staffing Agency Ordered to Pay Damages for Intimidation, Retaliation - @54:10

Based in Lyndhurst, NJ, staffing agency Advantix Logistics provides labor for warehouses and distribution facilities. On Thursday, a court ordered the company to pay $65,000 in damages to an employee who was fired for raising pay concerns.

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