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Windham Weaponry Closes; Utz Shutters Oldest Plant; Jammed Tail Parts Caused Crash | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 139

Also on the podcast, Apocalypse turns Rivian into Kevlar-coated monster, Porsche tries to roadblock car scalpers, NTSB staffs up, battery recycler picks Oklahoma and 3D printing could repair brain injuries.

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Every week, we cover the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week: 

Porsche Scuttles Resellers with New 911 Leasing Requirement - @4:23

On the brink of releasing the 60th year version of the 911, Porsche did something we've never seen before: the company took deliberate action to stop short on potential flippers.

Apocalypse Manufacturing Turned a Rivian into an 850-HP, Kevlar-Coated Monster - @17:55

Apocalypse Manufacturing is known for modifying trucks for every scenario, on or off the road. The company recently launched the Apocalypse Nirvana, an all-electric Kevlar-coated beast that started life as a Rivian R1T.

Texas Plane Crashed Due to Jammed Tail Parts - @30:39

THE NTSB says jammed parts on the tail caused a plane to run off a runway and plow through a fence and into a pasture two years ago at Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire, Texas.

Utz to Close Oldest Plant - @38:45

In a bid to "support volume growth and reduce costs," Utz plans to close its oldest plan:, the Carlisle Street factory in Hanover, PA.

Rifle Maker, Windham Weaponry, Goes Out of Business - @49:19

In 2011, Richard Dyke founded Windham Weaponry five years after he sold Bushmaster Firearms to new owners who decided to move manufacturing operations out of Maine.

In Case You Missed It

NTSB Staffing Up for Safety - @1:02:47

The ​​agency hired a record number of employees.

Blue Whale Picks Oklahoma for Commercial-Scale Li-Ion Battery Processing Facility - @1:06:50

Blue Whale Materials is an upstart sustainable lithium-ion battery recycler. The company recently picked Bartlesville, Oklahoma for its first lithium-ion battery processing facility in the United States.

3D Printing Could Help Repair Brain Injuries - @1:12:44

Researchers fabricated a two-layered brain tissue by 3D printing human neural stem cells.

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