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Bowling Ball Mystery, Real Lego Gun, Fire at VW | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 24

Also on the podcast, Musk toys with lawyer, thousands of fake eyelashes seized, rail car maker moves to Mexico and showerhead rule reversed.

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The Today in Manufacturing Podcast is a new podcast 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, we talk about:

Fire at VW Plant Halts Production

The Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee experienced a fire on Tuesday. The fire appears to have started in the body shop at the plant.

6,000 False Eyelashes Seized

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized three thousand pairs of false eyelashes in New Orleans. There's no way to tell whether the eyelashes had been exposed to disease or stored in insect-infested areas.

Lego Tells Company to Stop Making Lego-Style Gun

Lego asked Utah-based gun company, Culper Precision, to stop making the Block19, a pistol that looks like it is covered with or made with multi-colored Lego bricks.

Manufacturer Took Federal COVID Relief, Moved to Mexico

Railroad car manufacturer FreightCar America received a $10 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan only to shut down its last U.S. factory a few months later, cutting more than 500 jobs, and moving to Mexico.

Mysterious Bowling Balls Discovered Under Home's Foundation

On July 1, David Olson started a little demo on the back steps of his house; he wanted to build a new deck. The project took a turn when Olson found 158 bowling balls buried beneath the foundation. The balls were traced back to the 1950s.

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UAW Factory Workers Ratify Deal, Will End Volvo Truck Strike

Workers at a Volvo heavy truck plant in Virginia narrowly ratified the company's final offer in a long-running labor dispute. They voted 1,147 to 1,130.

Musk Defends SolarCity, Calls Lawyer 'Bad Human'

Tesla founder Elon Musk was in court last week. He had to testify and defend his company’s 2016 acquisition of SolarCity, a failed solar panel manufacturer. Controversy aside, let's just say that Musk wasn't afraid to be himself in court.

Biden Administration Drops Trump Showerhead Rule

President Joe Biden's administration is reversing a Trump-era rule on water flow limits from showerheads.

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