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EV Updates, the Geography of Manufacturing Job Growth and the Nerd at Bosch: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

March 22, 2024
Also, is the electric grid up to the task of supporting U.S. chip manufacturing?

On the face of it, this week's Top 10 list appears to be a mixed bag of topics, but look a little more closely and you will see a unifying feature for many of the articles: electrification. Whether it's electric vehicles, the electric grid or auto standards to speed the shift to electric, content addressing electrification has been attracting significant attention from the IW manufacturing community over the past seven days. 

Here is our weekly Top 10 list: 

‘I’m Proud to Say I’m a Nerd:’ A Valedictorian Finds Her Leadership Home at Bosch: Vice president and plant manager Annekathrin Mueller is co-leading a $260 million transformation at the automotive supplier’s largest U.S. plant.

The 32-Hour, 4-day Workweek: A Win-Win or a Risky Move? There’s been a lot of talk on the employer side about the idea, but very little action.

Hot or Not: What’s the State of the EV Sector? This earnings season has been marked by lower production forecasts, missed revenues and layoffs. However, things are looking up for one company that nearly tripled its revenue.

Boeing's 737 Max Software Outsourced to $9-an-Hour Engineers: Mark Rabin, a former software engineer, recalled one manager saying at an all-hands meeting that Boeing didn’t need senior engineers because its products were mature. (Article date: June 2019)

Five Years, Five Sectors: US Cities with Notable Manufacturing Job Gains Since 2019: From the COVID-19 pandemic to the CHIPS Act, there have been several drivers of manufacturing job growth in recent years.

Biden Admin Unveils Strict Auto Standards to Speed Electric Shift: Following carmaker criticism, the final rules give manufacturers greater flexibility.

The Power of Being Over Doing in Leadership: The essence of impactful leadership lies not in the multitude of tasks we accomplish, but in how we show up each day to create the conditions for learning and continuous improvement.

The Success of US Chip Manufacturing Hinges on Our Electric Grid: Advanced semiconductor equipment requires 10 times more power. Our grid is not up to the task.

Fisker Secures $150M Financing Commitment, Pauses Production: Executives say they are still in talks with an OEM about a ‘potential transaction.’

UAW Files for Union Election at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee Plant: A previous election to unionize the plant failed in 2019 by a slim margin.

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