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In the Headlines: Cyberattack impacts U.S. automotive manufacturing

Nov. 20, 2023
Plus, manufacturer to pay back wages for alleged hiring discrimination.

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.  

Serta Simmons Bedding opens 500,000-square-foot mattress manufacturing plant in Wisconsin
The company will produce mattresses and other bedding products under its Serta, Beautyrest and Simmons brands at its new facility.

DOE offers $3.5 billion in funding to support domestic battery manufacturing
Distribution of the funds will be handled by the DOE’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC).

Cyberattack on automotive supplier affects Stellantis production
Stellantis has yet to reveal which plants were affected or any additional details.

GAF Energy finishes construction on solar roofing manufacturing plant in Texas
When the facility is at full capacity, it will employ over 240 workers.

Hyundai to increase wages for production workers at Alabama and Georgia facilities
The new structure will begin early next year and is designed to help the company stay competitive, as well as recruit and retain workers.

Custom home builder invests $2.5 million into Tennessee production facility
The facility, which will be approximately 92,000 square feet, will help the company meet its goal of increasing its current production time of 30 housing units per year.

SolarWinds charged with fraud for failing to disclose 2-year cyberattack to investors
SolarWinds and Brown defrauded investors by overstating SolarWinds' cybersecurity practices and understating or failing to disclose known risks.

Simpson Strong-Tie invests $110 million into new Tennessee production facility
The company, which manufactures wood and concrete construction solutions, will relocate a portion of its fastener manufacturing operations to Gallatin, allowing the company to better keep up with demand.

Furniture manufacturer to pay $133K in back wages and interest for alleged hiring discrimination
National Office Furniture will work to ensure its selection process, personnel practices and hiring policies are free from discrimination and will offer jobs to 15 affected women applicants as positions become available.

Bobcat to build $300 million compact loader production plant in Mexico
According to the company, the facility will increase Bobcat’s North American compact loader production capacity by 20%.

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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