MyPillow Auctions Assets; Roller Coaster Crack; Anchor Brewing Closes | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 127

Also on the podcast, explosion destroys gas platform, loose pin forced emergency FedEx landing, declining U.S. innovation, Musk's new AI startup and FDA investigates energy drink maker.

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Every week, we cover the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week: 

Loose Pin Forced Emergency FedEx Landing - @2:55

Three years ago, sparks flew when a FedEx cargo plane made an early morning landing at Los Angeles International Airport and the landing gear malfunctioned.

Explosion Destroys Offshore Gas Platform - @10:46

Last Friday, an explosion and fire destroyed an offshore gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Anchor Brewing Halts Operations After 127 Years - @18:10

Pour one out for Anchor Brewing. The San Francisco staple with a 127-year-old legacy is closing up shop and liquidating as economic conditions worsened and sales plummeted.

Roller Coaster Crack May Have Formed 6-10 Days Before Closure - @27:44

The Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte is under investigation after a viral video showed a large crack in a column supporting the functional roller coaster.

MyPillow Auctions Assets, Downsizes in Minnesota - @38:55

It started off as a simple dream: build a better pillow. But now, Minnesota-based pillow maker, MyPillow, has fallen on hard times and is in the fight of its life.

In Case You Missed It

Musk Unveils New AI Startup - @49:14

The startup, xAI, aims to "understand the true nature of the universe."

Declining Federal Research Is Hurting U.S. Innovation - @54:59

Innovation can keep America ahead of China and other competitors, but it is failing.

FDA Looks into Energy Drink with Caffeine Equal to 6 Coke Cans - @1:02:24

Backed by a pair of YouTube stars, PRIME was an immediate hit.

This Week's Trivia Challenge - @1:10:47

Match the company with the Major League Baseball team uniform they have appeared on this season and be the first to send the correct answer to [email protected]


  • Marathon
  • Quikrete
  • Motorola


  • San Diego Padres
  • Cleveland Guardians
  • Atlanta Braves

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