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Toyota's Billion-Dollar Battery Plant; Cybertruck's Specs Disappear; Navy Finds Major Failures | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 38

Also on the podcast, manufacturers vie for workers as gun plant downsizes, auto supplier wants to be paid for production slowdown, scorned ex-worker hacks planes and a former Boeing test pilot is indicted.

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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:

Cybertruck Specs Disappear Off Tesla's Website

Tesla has removed all Cybertruck configuration information, pricing details and specs from its site.

Navy Probe Finds Major Failures in Fire that Destroyed Ship

A Navy report has concluded there were sweeping failures by commanders, crew members and others that fueled the July 2020 fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, calling the five-day blaze in San Diego preventable and unacceptable.

As Gun Plant Downsizes, Nearby Manufacturers Vie for its Workers

Last month gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson announced plans to relocate its headquarters and shift hundreds of jobs from Massachusetts to Tennessee. Local industries, caught up in a tight job market, are reportedly hoping to pick up some of the workers who might want to remain in the area.

Auto Supplier Wants to Be Paid Amid Production Slowdowns

Novares is a plastic part manufacturer of plastic parts withy products on at least one-third of all vehicles around the world. Pierre Boulet, the company’s CEO, says upwards of 2,000 orders have been canceled on short notice this year, with at least 100 of those orders scrapped with less than 48 hours’ notice. These cancellations equate to tens of millions of dollars, and he feels his company should not be forced to bear the brunt of the production issues.

Toyota to Build $1.29B U.S. Battery Plant

Toyota announced plans to build a new $1.29 billion factory in the U.S. to manufacture batteries for gas-electric hybrid and fully electric vehicles.

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Smartphone Maker Foxconn Announces Electric Car Venture

Foxconn Technology Group plans to produce electric cars for auto brands under a similar contract model that it uses to make smartphones for Apple Inc.

Scorned Ex-Worker Allegedly Hacked Planes at Flight School

A 26-year-old Florida woman is accused of hacking her former workplace, the Melbourne Flight Training School.

Former Boeing Pilot Involved in Max Testing Indicted

A former Boeing pilot has been indicted for deceiving safety regulators about the 737 Max jetliner.

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