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In the Headlines: Investigation finds children working at warehouse

Oct. 27, 2023
Plus, manufacturing is thriving in North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Texas.

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. 

MxD introduces playbook to help address cybersecurity in 3D printing
The organization claims that the playbook will help manufacturers incorporate cybersecurity requirements into their product design and documentation.

Battery materials company invests $650 million to build graphite anode manufacturing facility in North Carolina
Construction will begin in 2024, and production will begin in 2026.

Arms manufacturer to pay $630K in back wages after discriminating against job applicants
The money will be used to resolve alleged hiring discrimination against 286 Black and women applicants who attempted to secure employment at the company’s Mississippi facility.

Eaton invests $85 million to increase manufacturing capacity at Mexico facility
The project will also generate 300 new jobs for the surrounding area.

Ultium Cells fined $270,091 for 19 safety violations following battery plant explosion
The company has been cited for 17 serious and two other-than-serious violations.

Nucor breaks ground on $2.7 billion sheet steel mill in West Virginia
When operational, the new facility will be able to produce up to three million tons of sheet steel annually.

Distribution center to pay $30,276 for employing children as young as 12 years old
The investigation, which was conducted in August, found that the warehouse and distribution center employed two children under the age of 14 for months.

Snack manufacturer to establish industrial pretzel bakery in Kentucky
The food company will invest $137 million into the project, generating 350 jobs in the process.

Metal fabricator fined $275,890 following fatal accident for exposing workers to over 30 safety violations
The company was investigated three times following the death of a worker at their Oklahoma manufacturing facility.

JCB invests $265 million to build manufacturing facility in Texas
The company has also received a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of $5,684,350 and a Veteran Created Job Bonus of $42,000.

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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