The Top 10 Most-Read Articles Of 2017

With 2017 winding down, here's a look back on the stories you couldn't get enough of this year.

With 2017 winding down, here's a look back on the stories you couldn't get enough of during this rollercoaster of a year. 

Below, and in no particular order, are the 10 most-read stories of 2017.

1. The Last Matchstick Factory In The US Will Soon Shut Down

The Diamond match plant in Cloquet, Minnesota, had been around since 1905 and — at its height — once employed nearly 600 workers. 

2. Harley-Davidson Recalls 46,000 Motorcycles In The US

Over the summer, the Milwaukee motorcycle maker announced the massive recall following nine complaints, two crashes and one minor injury. 

3. Feds Raid Caterpillar Offices Amid Accounting Controversies

After years of controversy surrounding its accounting practices, the world's largest construction equipment manufacturer found their corporate offices being raided by officials from three federal agencies. 

4. Photos Of The Day: New Images Reveal Tesla Gigafactory Nearing Completion

Aerial shots from March revealed that Tesla's battery cell production facility in Nevada had recently bulked-up, much to everyone's surprise. 

5. UPS, Drivers' Union Spar Over Golf Cart Deliveries

A Kentucky law reportedly sparked a spat between the world's largest parcel carrier and the union representing its delivery truck drivers.

6. Questions Swirl Around Massive, Days-Long Warehouse Fire In West Virginia

After continuing to burn for nearly a week, the cause of the chemical fire in this West Virginia plastics warehouse was still unknown. 

7. Feds Seize $25M Of Aluminum In Probe Of Chinese Billionaire

The investigation centered around alleged efforts by a Chinese aluminum magnate to avoid U.S. tariffs. 

8. Wall Street Journal Ranks Top 12 Contenders For Amazon HQ2

Amazon has not published a list of semi-finalists or an intention to do so before it makes its HQ2 selection.

9. BMW Recalls 1.4 Million Cars Due To Fire Risk

Just last month, the German automaker issued two different recalls of more than 1.4 million cars and SUVs in the U.S. 

10. Residents In Irish Town Say 'Love Fumes' Emitted From Viagra Plant

This story was easily one of the most bizarre of the year. 

What were your favorite manufacturing stories from 2017? Comment below or tweet us @MnetNews.

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