Included in IMPO's top five news stories: Cruz continues his campaign in Indiana amid plant closing protests and a look inside a Harley-Davidson factory.
Take a look at this week's top stories:
Throwback Thursday: A Graphic, Horror-Like Factory Safety Video: Recently, a workplace safety video called "Will You Be Here Tomorrow?" from 1998 has resurfaced its way around the Internet. Created by Educational Resources, Inc., the nearly five-minute video follows a series of gruesome workplace accidents due to careless mistakes and rule-breaking around a factory. You can watch the video here, but be warned — it's incredibly graphic.
Today In Manufacturing History: The World's Worst Nuclear Accident: Tuesday marked the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in the Ukraine, still the worst nuclear accident to date. The results of this tragedy were so disasterous that the toll is still being determined, but estimates from experts place the total deaths in the thousands, and nearly 70,000 suffered from severe poisoning. The accident was also detrimental to the surrounding 18-mile radius of land, which permanently misplaced about 150,000 people from their homes. The land will not be livable for potentially another 150 years.
Ford Investing $1.6B In 2 U.S. Plants: Ford Motor Co. is spending $1.6 billion to upgrade two U.S. plants for new products. Ford says the projects are part of its commitment to invest $9 billion in U.S. plants over the next four years.
Cruz Continues Indiana Push, As Unions Protest Plant Closing: Republican Ted Cruz continued his presidential campaign push across Indiana ahead of this week's primary while several top state Democrats were expected at a labor union protest. The protest Friday was of Carrier Corp.'s decision to close a 1,400-worker Indianapolis factory and shift production to Mexico.
Inside The Harley-Davidson Softail Factory: Take a look inside the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations in York, PA., where all Softail, Touring and CVO models are assembled and many parts manufactured. You can watch a fender being made in this video and general assembly of a variety of Harley models.