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An Electric Detour, Production Pause and Walking Away from Manufacturing: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

March 3, 2023
A manufacturing merger and the latest in EV battery announcements also drew attention.

Mobility captured the attention of our IndustryWeek manufacturing community this week, with automotive companies Lordstown Motors, Ford and Rivian garnering significant views over the past seven days. The most alarming news grabbed the top spot, results of a survey in which more than half of manufacturing employees said they planned to leave their jobs in 2023. 

Here is the full Top 10 list of most-consumed content over the past seven days. 

Over Half of US Manufacturing Employees Plan to Leave Their Jobs in 2023: Survey: Surveyed factory workers cite PTO and high-tech facilities as top personal priorities for their workplaces.

Lordstown Motors Halts Production, Recalls Endurance EV Pickup Truck: Performance and quality issues are behind the temporary stoppage, the company says.

The Latest EV Battery Announcements and Investment: A look into the billions of dollars being invested in new battery plants and expansions in recent years.

USPS Takes a Detour on Oshkosh BEV Plan, Awarding Ford a Contract: The automaker’s Kansas City plant will manufacture 9,250 electrified delivery vehicles, to be delivered by year’s end.

Synergies for the Win: Mativ CEO on the Power of a Manufacturing Merger: Julie Schertell brought together two specialty paper makers, Neenah and SMW, last year. Has she found $65 million in savings yet?

Dole's North American Operations Shut Down By Ransomware Attack: Ransomware seems popular among manufacturers...

Without a Problem-Solving Culture, AI Is an Expensive Mistake: Artificial intelligence won't miraculously solve your problems unless your company is good at curiosity, effective data-gathering and use of data in decision-making.

Shifting Supply Chain Winds Favor Regionalism, Restructuring: Those who are willing to adapt will reap the benefits.

Rivian Guides to Lower-Than-Expected ’23 Production Target: The EV maker has halted van production this quarter to focus on battery pack, motor improvements.

It’s Time to End China’s Access to America’s Advanced Technologies: Congress should act to restrict any products that could aid the Chinese military.

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