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Lightning Starts Facility Fire; Rivian's New $5B Plant; Cheapest U.S. EV | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 27

Also on the podcast, Ford goes build-to-order, anti-drunk driving tech nears mandate, workers get $3k to get vaccinated, old beers get retired and crane loses control during oil rig demo.

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In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

Anti-Drunk Driving Tech Featured in Infrastructure Bill

The infrastructure bill contains language that would require U.S. regulators to mandate technology that would prevent drunk drivers from starting vehicles.

Ford Is Going Build-to-Order

Ford might be moving away from the traditional sales model. Instead of relying on the more than 3,000 dealerships in the U.S. the company's CEO Jim Farley said Ford is “committed to going to an order-based system.”

The U.S.’s Cheapest Electric Vehicle

Nissan has slashed the starting price of the newest Leaf model by thousands of dollars.

Electric Vehicle Startup Plans $5B Second Factory

Rivian Automotive is an electric vehicle startup backed by Amazon. The company is based in California, but has plans to build a second U.S. assembly plant for some $5 billion.

Lightning Strike Sets Off Massive Blaze at Railroad Tie Recycling Facility

On Sunday, August 1, a lightning strike set off a massive fire at National Salvage and Services' Selma Grinding and Sorting Operation in Burnsville, Alabama.

In Case You Missed It

Manufacturer Offers Workers Up to $3,000 to Get Vaccine

An Ohio-based steelmaker has unveiled what it’s calling “the most generous vaccine incentive program in the world."

Crisis Averted as Oil Rig Decommissioning Goes Bad

On July 5, 2021, three workers were nearly crushed to death by a 200-metric-ton platform while they were dismantling an oil rig.

Molson Coors to Retire 11 Economy Brands 

Molson Coors is cutting 11 of the company's economy brands. Goodbye old friends.

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