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Week in Review: From Flying Cars and Autonomous Electric Vehicles to Intel Excitement in Ohio

Jan. 28, 2022
Here is the most-read content on IndustryWeek.com over the past week, as selected by the IW manufacturing community.

Intel Corp.'s announcement that it would bring a semiconductor plant to Ohio grabbed the attention of our IndustryWeek audience over the past week. So, too, did articles about GE Appliances' experiments with autonomous electric trucks and word from Slovakia that it had certified a flying car.

But wait, there's more, and we are here to share it. What follows are the top 10 most-read pieces of content on IndustryWeek.com over the past seven days, as chosen by the IndustryWeek manufacturing audience.

In addition, we wrap up this list with one "editor's choice," selection. This is an article, podcast, video or other content type chosen by us, simply because we believe it is an important, educational or interesting piece that you might have missed the first time around. This selection is not constrained by the past seven days.

So, sit back and read or watch or listen. Then explore the other great content at IndustryWeek.com.

The US Digital Skills Shortage Is Worse Than We All Thought:  Manufacturing will bear the brunt of it, along with overall U.S. competitiveness.

Intel to Invest $20B in Ohio for Chip Plants:  The semiconductor giant plans two facilities near Columbus to ease chip shortages and prepare for growth.

Slovak Flying Car Receives Official Certification:  AirCar completed its first intercity flight in June 2021.

GE Appliances Pilots Autonomous Electric Vehicle for Materials Runs:  The autonomous Pod truck makes for happier employees and smoother operations.

Microplastics Are in the News, and Manufacturers Are Seeing Lawsuits:  Cases filed under federal environmental law, state consumer protection laws, as well as the common law are having real impacts on industries that produce and use plastics.

Intel’s $20B Fab Investment Combats the Chip Drought:  Understanding the severity and scope of the long term shortage.

In 2022, Employees Come First:  People want a healthy work/life balance with leaders who will respect them, trust them to do their jobs, and prioritize their well-being.

Tariffs Are Not Causing Inflation:  Some economists simply want to follow their outdated textbooks rather than common sense.

GM Announces $7 Billion for Michigan Battery Plant, Renovations:  CEO Mary Barra said GM and LG Energy Solution's joint venture Ultium Cells would build a new $2.6 billion battery plant near Lansing, Michigan.

Intel Manufacturing Chief Esfarjani Talks About Why the Chip Giant Chose Ohio (Video):  Keyvan Esfarjani, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's manufacturing, supply chain and operations discusses how the company chose Ohio for its $20 billion upcoming fabrication plant.

Editor's Choice:

What Works to Retain Staff: Purdue Study Finds Commonalities in Indiana Manufacturers with Low Turnover:  The average turnover is 40% a year, but 5% of companies have rates at or below 15%. 

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