Ford's Missing Workers; Sikorsky Closes Plant; Tower Sinks Again | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 30

Also on the podcast, saying goodbye to five discontinued cars, another cell phone fire on a plane, Musk admits autopilot isn't great and workers paid for no-notice layoff.

Editor's note: Download and listen to the audio version below and click here to subscribe to the podcast.

The Today in Manufacturing Podcast is brought to you by the editors from Manufacturing.net and Industrial Equipment News (IEN).

In each episode, we discuss the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week:

CEO: Ford Absentee Rates Are 20% at Some Plants

Ford CEO Jim Farley says keeping his factories operational is a challenge. In any given week, up to one-fifth of Ford workers fail to show up.

New Sinking Halts Repair of Tilting San Francisco High-Rise

The Millennium Tower in San Francisco was undergoing a $100 million fix to stop it from sinking and then engineers watched it sink again during the repair.

Cell Phone Catches Fire on Airplane

Last week, after an Alaska Airlines jet landed in Seattle, a passenger's cell phone caught fire.

Say Goodbye to Five Discontinued Vehicles for 2022

Edmunds recently highlighted five vehicles that will be gone after the 2021 model year.

Sikorsky Plant to Close

Lockheed Martin's Sikorsky helicopters division plant in Sadsbury Township, Pennsylvania will close in March 2022 and 240 employees are expected to lose their jobs.

In Case You Missed It

Workers to Split $650,000 After One-Day Layoff Notice

Merrill, Wisconsin based Semco recently reached a settlement with the Wisconsin Department of Justice to pay employees more than $650,000 after shutting down operations after a one-day notice.

Tesla’s Full Self-Driving Tech ‘Not Great’

In a rare moment of humility, Tesla CEO Elon Musk admitted that the company's full self-driving technology could use some work.

Tech Companies Pledge Billions in Cybersecurity Investments

Leading technology companies will invest billions of dollars to improve cybersecurity defenses and train skilled workers.

Please make sure to like, subscribe and share the podcast. You could also help us out a lot by giving the podcast a positive review on whatever platform you use. Finally, to email the podcast, you can reach any of us at Jeff, Anna or Andy @ien.com, with “Email the Podcast” in the subject line.

More