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Murky Marijuana Laws, 'Greenflation' and Betting on Batteries: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

April 22, 2022
Our IW manufacturing audience has spoken. Here are the top reads over the past seven days.

A new battery plant rises in Kentucky. Metal prices take an upward turn. And marijuana legislation is putting manufacturers in a precarious position. These are among the topics that grabbed the attention of IndustryWeek readers over the past seven days.

What follows is our weekly Top 10 list. We've also selected one Editor's Choice item, which has no time constraints attached to it.

As we always say, while the 10 articles outlined below are the top reads of the week, they are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to valuable content residing at IndustryWeek.com. We invite you to catch up with our Top 10 list and then stay to browse the site more thoroughly.

Japanese EV Battery Firm to Build $2 Billion Battery Plant in Kentucky: Envision AESC says its new Bowling Green-area factory will create 2,000 new jobs making batteries for several EV manufacturers.

The 411 on 420: Can Employers Still Test for Marijuana? Manufacturers in particular are in a precarious spot with legislation that's literally all over the map.

‘Greenflation’ Is Driving Up Metal Prices. What’s a Manufacturer to Do? Increasing energy costs, geopolitical conflicts, political roadblocks around growing mining capacity and the overall supply chain imbalance have no doubt contributed to current price levels, but demand is also higher than before.

The CEO Who Gave Up His Salary to Pay It Forward: Alex Rodrigues, CEO of Embark Trucks, donated his 2022 salary and bonus to fund Little Robots.

US Warns of Cyberthreat to Specific Industrial Machines: The malware specifically looks for some models of Schneider Electric and OMRON PLCs.

So That Happened: Who’s Staying in Russia? Weed for Tires, STEM Challenges: Some manufacturers continue to do business in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.

Does Your Company Have a Sales Prevention Strategy? Instead of advising clueless leaders on how to fix their hapless organizations, I’ve decided to help them get even better at ruining customer relationships.

When Ideation Is a Waste of Time: Without a vision, the first step in the innovation process will be all over the place.

White House Guidance Directs Infrastructure Projects to Use US-Made Materials: Federal guidelines direct that money from the $1 trillion infrastructure bill should be spent on American metals, not imported.

The New Efficiency: Sustainability + Tech = Profitability: What will it take to get the majority of manufacturers to make reducing environmental impacts a key strategic consideration?

Editor's Choice

Manufacturing's Capacity Crunch: What do you do when demand is soaring? Any decision, every decision, begins with a look at the data.

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