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Top 13 In 2013, #2: A Year Of Re-Shoring

December 19, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.net has been covering the “re-shoring” trend for years, but in 2013, the trend finally hit mainstream, and became a real possibility for far more companies than previously thought possible. Re-shoring was discussed in the news and within important economic circles, and even the President mentioned it multiple times during the State of the Union and other key speeches.

Top 13 In 2013, #3: 3D Printed Guns Excite, Scare

December 18, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Additive manufacturing is already being used in ...

Top 13 In 2013, #4: Teslas Catch On Fire, Musk Rebuts

December 17, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

On October 2, a video showing the front of a Tesla Model S engulfed in flames went “viral” and...

Top 13 In 2013, #5: Held Captive In China

December 16, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

From his first-floor office window, which had metal bars like a prison cell, Starnes said to...

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Top 13 In 2013, #6: Guns Go Berserk

December 13, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Back in April, rumors of more gun control, in addition to government hoarding, led gun enthusiasts to buy ammunition faster than ever, making it difficult for stores to keep various calibers in stock. Some even worried that law enforcement departments would be pinched for supply. It led to a record-breaking year for gun and ammo makers.

Top 13 In 2013, #7: Tragedy In West, Texas

December 12, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

On April 17, a fertilizer plant owned by West Fertilizer Company, in the Texas town of West, caught fire. As firefighters battled the blaze, of which the cause is still not known, the plant exploded, leaving six or seven firefighters, and at least two EMS responders, unaccounted for or missing and assumed dead.

Top 13 In 2013, #9: Textiles Tragedy In Bangladesh

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

On April 24, the Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building in Savar collapsed, leaving hundreds dead and many more trapped within the rubble. Survivors said the building had cracked severely the day before, and that police had ordered an evacuation, but there was no action on the factory’s management.

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Top 13 In 2013, #8: Automakers Suffer From Recall Fever

December 11, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Many outside the manufacturing world probably think that in the aftermath of Toyota’s “sudden unintended acceleration” issues beginning in 2009, in which they would end up recalling millions of vehicles, the automotive industry would have implemented better quality standards. Turns out that's not exactly the whole story.

Top 13 In 2013, #11: Safety Reigns Supreme

December 10, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While most every company does everything in its power to ensure that safe, comfortable place to work, accidents do happen. Even though they’re tragic, and perhaps could have been prevented, they teach critical lessons in the never-ending chase to make manufacturing — an inherently dangerous business — safer than ever.

Top 13 In 2013, #10: Boeing’s Dreamliner Takes Flight, Kind Of

December 10, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After years of development, supplier searches and assembly, Boeing began to ship out its long-awaited, high-tech 787 “Dreamliner” jet to airlines globally throughout 2012 and well into 2013. Again and again, things just didn't go to plan.

Top 13 In 2013, #12: Hostess Goes Under

December 9, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest stories on Manufacturing.net was one that took quite a while to bake, as it were, completely through: the bankruptcy, and subsequent sale, of Hostess Brands, Inc., maker of the Twinkie and Wonder Bread. The initial news actually came out more than a year ago, when Hostess announced it was going out of business, laying off 18,500 employees and putting its brands up for sale.

Top 13 In 2013, #13: China’s Pig Problem

December 9, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

One of most-clicked stories this year was also one of the strangest: In March, authorities in China found 2,800 adult and piglet carcasses in the Shanghai River, and were forced to extract them in a grisly scene. Locals were worried the carcasses would contaminate Shanghai’s water supply, but authorities said there was no sign of contamination.

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