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Excellence, Agility and Some Awful Heat: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

Aug. 19, 2022
Catch up with the most-read items on IndustryWeek.com in the past seven days.

The IndustryWeek manufacturing community's attention was all over the place this week, reading everything from John Deere's ERP update approach to China's factories rationing power in the face of high heat. Also, IndustryWeek shared big news as we announced the winners of the annual IW Best Plants Awards competition. 

For your viewing pleasure, here are the most-read items on IndustryWeek.com in the past seven days. 

John Deere Takes an Agile Approach to an ERP Upgrade: The old system was too hard to use and unintuitive.

Drumroll, Please: Meet the 2022 IW Best Plants Award Winners: IndustryWeek applauds the 32nd class of honorees, showcases of manufacturing excellence.

Business Briefs: ABB Buys Siemens Unit, CHIPS Act Impact on Fluid Power: A news roundup detailing those stories and a new CEO for electric truck maker Nikola.

IW U.S. 500: Top Fabricated Metals Companies: The largest producers of fabricated metal products from the IW U.S. 500 list of largest publicly traded manufacturing companies in the country.

China Factories Ration Power as Heatwave Sends Demand Soaring: State media reported Tuesday that a lithium-producing region will have to moderate their power use as a heat wave dries up hydroelectric sources.

Arrival Slashes Delivery Targets, Freezes Bus Program: The EV manufacturer is delaying several investments, including the start of production at its Charlotte plant.

Rivian Maintains ’22 Target, Preps Illinois Shift Addition: A prominent analyst says ‘the ball is finally rolling’ for the EV manufacturer.

Leadership on Point: When Your Company Is Growing, but Your Culture Is Stuck: How a legacy manufacturer moved the needle on its organizational mindset.

US Industrial Output Jumps in July on Solid Manufacturing Gain: The gain contrasted with the massive decline in a regional survey by the New York Fed for the first week of August, which briefly spooked investors on Monday.

To Address Labor Shortages, Manufacturers Must Become Talent Creators: Upskilling and reskilling of existing employees is also a vital piece of this employment puzzle.

Editor's Choice:

The US National Defense Supply Chain Is in Crisis: The military and its partners have become too dependent on foreign-made parts, materials and minerals.  

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