Create a free account to continue

China's 'Bad Behaviors'; Cereal Workers Strike; Foxconn's Lordstown Play | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 36

Also on the podcast, toymaker abandons Tonka Trucks in China, hypersonic missile passes test, Dodge brand journeys to Mexico and cereal inspired by a Wendy's favorite.

Editor's note: Download and listen to the audio version below and click here to subscribe to the podcast.

The Today in Manufacturing Podcast is 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:

NAM: China 'Remains a Hub of Bad Behaviors'

On Monday, U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai took a shot at China’s trade practices. In response, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released a statement. In it he said, “China is not following through on important commitments made in the 2020 U.S.–China ‘Phase One’ agreement."

Taiwan's Foxconn Has Deal to Buy Lordstown Plant in Ohio

Foxconn Technology Group has reportedly reached a deal to buy an auto assembly plant in Ohio from Lordstown Motors.

Hypersonic Missile Passes Crucial Flight Test

A few weeks ago, an elite team finished the first free-flight test of the HAWC, the Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept missile. Raytheon worked with Northrop Grumman to build the prototype for DARPA and the test was a success.

Chinese Automaker Sells SUV Under Dodge Brand

Chinese automaker GAC Group is making its first significant vehicle exports to Mexico. What is interesting is that the SUVs will carry the Dodge brand name.

Workers at All of Kellogg's U.S. Cereal Plants Go on Strike

Kellogg's cereal plants in Omaha, Nebraska, Battle Creek, Michigan, Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Memphis, Tennessee came to a halt on Tuesday when some 1,400 workers went on strike. Kellogg’s says its employees made an average of $120,000 last year. However, workers say it took a lot to get there, including 74- to 84-hour weeks.

In Case You Missed It:

Toymakers Race to Get Products on Shelves Amid Supply Clogs

The Basic Fun toy company did something crazy this week. It decided to ditch one-third of its Tonka Mighty Dump Trucks in China.

New Kellogg Breakfast Cereal Inspired by Wendy's Favorite

Dubbed "Wendy's Frosty Chocolatey Cereal," the limited edition item will feature chocolate marshmallow pieces and “cocoa-coated round cereal bites."

William Shatner Will Fly to Space Aboard Blue Origin Rocket

Blue Origin will blast “Star Trek” actor William Shatner into space on Oct. 12.

Please make sure to like, subscribe and share the podcast. You could also help us out a lot by giving the podcast a positive review. Finally, to email the podcast, you can reach any of us at Jeff, Anna or David [at], with “Email the Podcast” in the subject line.

More in Video