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In the Headlines: Lubrication standard is an industrial game-changer

Sept. 29, 2023
Plus, report explores how company culture affects workforce development.

The manufacturing industry is in a perpetual state of change. New technologies, policies, regulations, and company initiatives keep altering the role and perception of manufacturing in America. Every day, there’s a new plant, industry acquisition, research report, or law, and staying up to date on the latest information can prove difficult. Here’s what’s happening this week, in case you missed it. 

Kimberly-Clark’s new onshore wind farm will supply 80% of the company’s UK electrical power needs
The company invested £75 million into the project, which took 18 months to complete.

Aerospace tooling supplier invests $25 million to expand Michigan facility
The expansion project is expected to generate 238 new jobs for the area.

Beverage manufacturer invests $5 million to expand its Wisconsin facility
Over the next few years, DreamPak hopes to utilize its six acres of land to continue developing and growing.

ICML 55 Standard now includes overview and guideline documents, bringing ISO 55000 concepts to lubrication-specific levels
The International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) has completed the ICML 55 Standard for Lubricated Asset Management.

Report: How does company culture affect workforce development in the manufacturing industry?
The survey data, which was gathered from March through May, was based on input from manufacturing employees, manufacturers, and industry leaders.

Molded Plastics Industries invests $6.8 million to expand manufacturing plant in Michigan
The company will also receive a $125,000 Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to help support the project.

Water reclamation company to pay $1.1 million in back wages after missed payrolls
The U.S. Department of Labor recovered more than $1.1 million from the water reclamation company in back wages for 238 employees.

ATI builds additive manufacturing factory to support U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program
ATI will now offer large-format metal additive manufacturing, heat treating, machining, and inspection capabilities.

Foodservice equipment manufacturer expands Kentucky facility with $1.2 million investment
The expansion includes a SafanDarley Robotic Press Brake, ScienceScope Smart Racking System, Komax Wiring System, Stud Welding System and bathroom facility renovations.

Poultry processor to pay $60,269 in penalties for exposing workers to ergonomic hazards
This safety violation is common in the industry, with OSHA estimating that 50% of injuries in the poultry processing sector involve musculoskeletal disorders.

About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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