Welcome to the weekend. It's Friday, and we're back with the IW Weekly Reads, our Top 10 list from the past seven days. What follows are the most-popular pieces of content with our IW manufacturing community over the past week, plus one Editor's Choice. This week's Editor's Choice gives a nod to the Labor Day holiday.
Without further ado, the Top 10. Enjoy.
The Panama Canal Traffic Jam: Will the Supply Chain Suffer? Droughts affecting the region and decades of poor water management have created ongoing issues for the waterway.
2023 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award Winners: Simply Excellent: It takes the right mix of people, process and dogged determination to deliver plant performances that shine.
UAW Votes to Authorize Strikes Against Big Three: The union’s contracts with General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis all expire September 14.
IW U.S. 500: Top Semiconductor and Equipment Companies (slideshow): The manufacturers pushing the most silicon and leading U.S. reshoring efforts.
Lordstown Settles Karma Lawsuit, Proceeds With Foxconn Case: Foxconn tried to get its lawsuit thrown out, but the motion was dismissed by a judge.
From Gridiron to Boardroom: Football Teaches Leadership: Watching from the sidelines as my kids play, I’m struck by the business lessons.
Talent Advisory Board: How to Give and Get Constructive Criticism: We all need to know when we're not performing, but hearing that in a way that promotes growth can be difficult.
Esmark Defers to USW, Won’t Pursue U.S. Steel Purchase: The USW has vowed to use its powers to block the sale of the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker to any company except Cleveland-Cliffs.
Middle-Market Manufacturers Confront Inflation, Supply Chain and Talent Risk: According to a Chubb and the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) report, 76% of middle-market manufacturers project overall performance improvements this year.
Manufacturing Delusions, Mulling Maintenance and Honda's Fast Fashion: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads: Also, prerequisites for nearshoring success and Intel abandons Tower deal.
The Ultimate Labor Day Playlist for Industrial Workers: The top songs to listen to preparing for your Labor day BBQ or finishing that last home project.