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Shipping Headaches Continue, Volkswagen Needs Workers, Success Factors for Plant Managers: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

May 20, 2022
Here are the top reads for the past seven days, as chosen by the IW manufacturing community.

It's all about "ramping up" in this week's compilation of top-performing content on IndustryWeek.com over the past seven days. Volkswagen and Saint-Gobain announced plans to ramp up production, with Volkswagen establishing a sign-on bonus to attract workers. Meanwhile, the EU and U.S. set their sites on ramping up semiconductor chip manufacturing, putting the countries on a collision course with China. 

That's not all, of course. Shipping headaches, striking workers and what makes a successful plant manager also attracted attention. 

IndustryWeek invites you to catch up on the content you've missed in the past week and then encourages you to stay and review the other great content on this site. Without further ado, our Top 10 list from the past seven days is: 

China’s Latest Lockdowns Bring Shipping Headaches, and a Silver Lining: Even if a supplier’s plant is open and operating, trucking restrictions are in effect.

What Do Successful Plant Managers Have in Common? In many companies, they are solely focused on the KPIs within the four walls of their plant.

Nucor Paying $3B for Overhead Door Manufacturer: The Charlotte-based company’s latest acquisition will add about 800 employees to its team.

Update: CNHI Strikers Face Loss of Healthcare in Uphill Strike: UAW Local 180 reported the company would cancel healthcare for striking workers effective May 13.

Saint-Gobain Adding 400 Jobs in Georgia: The construction materials manufacturer’s latest U.S. investment will double a plant’s fiberglass capacity.

US, EU to Ramp Up Chip Making and Raise Pressure on Russia: The forum's focus on chip manufacturing and the supply of substances vital for the tech industry, such as rare earths, puts it on a collision course with China.

Volkswagen Announces 1,000 New Tennessee Hires: To attract workers, the German automaker said it would offer a $3,000 sign-on bonus and increase its referral incentive.

So That Happened: Fisker Cars to be Made in Ohio, Girl Scouts Plan for STEM Futures, Finding a Place for those Extra Supplies: Editors look into cool applications for new technologies, workforce development programs, how managers are dealing with limited space and how much to charge for a new electric SUVs.

Leaders Need to Learn How to Care—and Show It: Cultivate a culture of empathy, and people will want to work for you.

Robotic Welding, Extensive Automation Drive GE Appliances' South Carolina Water Heater Plant: Automated assembly and material transport highlight the water heater plant’s manufacturing technologies.

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