Tyson Closes 4 Plants; Big 3 Auto Strike; Volvo Ditches Sedans | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 131

Also on the podcast, crossing design blamed for train crash, FAA says Boeing Max engine housings can overheat, Anheuser-Busch sells eight brands to a cannabis company, Fastenal's new scrap plan and shape-shifting robot swarms mimic wet sand.

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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: 

FAA Warns of Engine Housings Overheating on Boeing Max Jets During Anti-Icing - @2:31

The Federal Aviation Administration recently issued a warning to airlines to limit using an anti-icing system on Boeing 737 Max jets in dry air.

U.S. Autoworkers May Wage a Historic Strike Against Detroit's 3 Biggest Automakers - @11:41

The United Auto Workers union represents some 150,000 employees at U.S. carmakers. The UAW may not come to terms with Ford, GM and Stellantis by midnight on Sept. 14th, when the current contract expires.

Crossing Design Blamed for Fatal Train Collision - @25:05

Last year, an Amtrak train hit a dump truck in Missouri, killing four people. This week, the accident was blamed on design problems with the railroad crossing.

Volvo Begins Ditching Sedans and Wagons - @35:25

They’re calling it a "consolidation."

Tyson Foods Closing 4 Chicken Processing Plants in Cost-Cutting Move - @43:45

On Monday, Tyson announced plans to close plants in North Little Rock, Arkansas; Corydon, Indiana; Dexter, Missouri and Noel, Missouri.

In Case You Missed It

Fastenal, Trex Announce Scrap Supply Agreement - @54:44

Trex will turn Fastenal's used pallet wrap into composite decking products.

Anheuser-Busch to Sell 8 Beverage Brands to Cannabis Company - @1:01:04

The deal will make Tilray the nation's 5th-largest craft brewer

Shape-Shifting Robot Swarms, Self-Assembles, Adapts to the Unfamiliar - @1:05:44

The Granulobot and it's made up of several identical motorized units only a few centimeters in diameter.

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