In the Headlines: Manufacturer fails to follow required safety measures, leading to workplace injury

In the Headlines: Manufacturer fails to follow required safety measures, leading to workplace injury

Jan. 6, 2024
Plus, study finds domestic production of energy efficiency products is declining.

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.  

Fastener manufacturer invests $77 million to build first U.S. production facility in Michigan
Construction on the 365,000-square-foot facility will begin in 2024, with production starting in the fall of 2025.

Steel fabricator to invest $6.5 million to expand Tennessee facility, creating 19 jobs
The expansion will include three new furnaces, a cutting mill and a powder coat system.

Maddox Industrial Group partners with Metalforms to expand into Gulf Coast region 
The company will partner with Metalforms LLC, an industrial fabrication, services, and heat transfer solutions expert, on the project.

Sawmill fined $1.4 million after teen worker is trapped in stick stacker machine and dies 
An OSHA investigation has determined that Florence Hardwoods LLC allowed minors to perform maintenance on equipment.

Automotive parts supplier invests $1.47 million to modernize North Carolina facility 
To help fund the project, DMA Industries will receive a performance-based grant of $70,000 from the One North Carolina Fund.

Report: Domestic production of energy efficiency products has fallen 10% since 2007 
Since 2007, the percentage of energy-efficient products that were produced domestically and used in the U.S. dropped from 84% to 79%.

Hose manufacturer fined $390K after worker suffers severe crushing injuries 
The industrial rubber hose manufacturer, which has a history of workplace safety issues, failed to follow lockout/tagout procedures at its facility in Ohio.

Custom food manufacturer spends $51 million to expand Tennessee facility 
The expansion will include adding 200,000 square feet of new space, which will be used for manufacturing, storage, staging and shipping.

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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