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Tesla Cuts, AI Upsets and Lean as a Lifestyle: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

April 19, 2024
Also, how do workplaces join unions?

Breaking news captured the attention of our IndustryWeek manufacturing audience over the past week, with Tesla, Fastenal, U.S. Steel and Samsung making moves over the past seven days.

That being said, lean manufacturing leads all IW content in this edition of IW’s Weekly Reads, our end-of-week review of the top-performing articles, videos or podcasts at IndustryWeek.com. We also occasionally include an Editor’s Choice item, a selection purely in the hands of editor without regard to any calendar constraints.

Here is what you’ve been waiting for, our Top 10 list.

5 Steps for Sustaining a Lean Culture: Operational efficiency is a lifestyle, not a journey with a destination or finish line.

Rockwell Automation Gives AI Its Due: AI takes center stage in Rockwell’s ninth annual State of Smart Manufacturing Report.

Five Ways AI Is Changing the HR Game: The biggest payoff may be in professional development for current employees.

Tesla to Cut More Than 10% Workforce: Report: The move comes about 10 days after Tesla reported a drop in first-quarter auto deliveries in a report that disappointed investors.

Explainer: How Do Workplaces Join Unions? What to know to understand the UAW's campaign, an uptick in union activity and a recent change in the union-election process.

Fastenal Still Seeing ‘General Softness’ Among Industrial Buyers: A bright spot for the rest of the year: Executives say an upcoming customer expo is drawing far more interest than expected.

U.S. Steel Shareholders Approve $14.9 Billion Deal with Nippon Steel: Nippon has pledged to move its U.S. headquarters from Houston to the USS operation in Pittsburgh.

The Baltimore Bridge Disaster, Two Weeks On: What You Need to Know: The good, the bad, and the new reality of the logistics landscape.

Boeing Blues, Bridge Collapse and the Eaglet Has Landed: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads: Also, is there a union election at Alabama's Mercedes-Benz plant in the not-too-distant future?

US to Grant Samsung up to $6.4 Billion for Chip Plants: President Joe Biden's administration has previously approved billions in grants to U.S. titan Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company as it tries to avoid the prospect of shortages of semiconductors.

Editor’s Choice:

Great Question: A Manufacturing Podcast: This podcast offers news and information for the people who make, store and move things and those who manage and maintain the facilities where that work gets done.


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