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Seriously Scary Supply Chain Tales, Happiness as a KPI: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

Nov. 3, 2023
Also, Ford postpones EV investments while Toyota raises its EV stake; and the Big 3 strike tentative agreements with the UAW.

EV battery announcements captured the attention of our IndustryWeek manufacturing community over the past week. On one hand, Ford reported it would postpone $12 billion in EV investments, while on the other Toyota said it would invest an additional $8 billion in its North Carolina battery plant. 

Scary supply chain stories and tentative labor agreements between the UAW and the Big 3 automakers also attracted scrutiny. The full Top 10 list of IW's most popular content over the past seven days follows, boosted by one editor's choice selection. 

Ford Postpones $12B in EV Investments: Third-quarter sales at the company’s Model e division were up 44% year over year but losses have ballooned.

Updated: Clorox Cyberattack to Cost Up to $593 Million: The bleach manufacturer this week begins the cleanup process to fully repair damage from an attack first reported in mid-August that slowed production and caused product shortages.

GM, Stellantis Reach Tentative UAW Deals: The GM agreement occurred early Monday morning, just hours after thousands of workers at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant joined the strike ranks.

Manufacturers Share Their Seriously Scary Supply Chain Stories: These aren’t your typical campfire horror tales.

Turning Shop-Floor Workers into Leaders Takes Patience, Coaching and Mentoring: It's important to realize that there are underlying factors contributing to a person’s readiness to learn and take on new tasks.

UAW 'Squeezes Every Last Dime' Out of GM in Strike Talks: Record pay raises, equal pay across GM and its subsidiaries, even retiree payments are part of tentative agreement.

Want Better Results? Focus on Creating Happiness: It's a workplace quality that's hard to measure, often misunderstood and essential to building good teams.

Updated: Toyota Invests Additional $8 Billion at North Carolina Battery Plant: A look into the billions of dollars being invested in new battery plants and expansions in recent years.

Manufacturing Road Trip Part 4: A Journey Across 10 US States: Join us as we celebrate manufacturing in each of the 50 states. In this edition, we drop in on 10 states, from biotech in New Mexico and drones in Oklahoma, to automotive components in South Carolina and a whole lot more.

So That Happened: Building Manufacturing Careers and UAW-Driven Pay Raises at Toyota: IndustryWeek editors cover those stories and look at regulators prosecuting executives for cybersecurity failures, sugar prices and the future of energy.

Editor's Choice: 

9 Cybersecurity 'Musts' to Include in Your IIoT Strategy: Having robust protocols from the start is critical.

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