Andy Szal
Digital Reporter

Andy Szal writes about manufacturing, technology, energy, food, labor and regulatory issues for Advantage Business Media's manufacturing group. He previously spent nearly 10 years covering politics and business issues in Madison, Wisconsin.

Federal investigators believe that an overheated pump triggered a fatal explosion at an Airgas facility in Florida last summer, according to a 146-page report...
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4.21.2017
10:57am
President Donald Trump said last week that the dollar is "getting too strong" and that he prefers "a low interest rate policy" as the...
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4.17.2017
10:53am
A warehouse building boom — and a scarcity of available workers to staff them — reportedly resulted in the largest wage increase among warehouse workers in...
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4.13.2017
9:11am
Amazon will attempt to persuade several prominent companies to completely overhaul their retail strategies during a meeting in its native Seattle next month,...
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4.7.2017
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A top official at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the Obama administration recently began publicizing penalties levied by OSHA after...
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4.6.2017
9:12am
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Hundreds of firms reportedly submitted plans to build a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border as many larger companies steered clear of the politically...
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4.5.2017
11:49am
Officials in several states are reportedly considering ways to collect sales tax revenue from independent merchants that sell on Amazon.com and other e-...
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4.4.2017
10:33am
Europe saw record-high levels of warehouse property leases and investment last year as e-commerce continued to alter the commercial property landscape.
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3.31.2017
12:47pm
General Electric announced a dramatically increased effort to cut costs this week amid heightened pressure from a prominent shareholder.
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3.24.2017
9:04am
The preliminary budget released by the Trump administration this month seeks to cut a federal grant program that provided safety training to workers in...
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3.23.2017
4:53pm
Customer reviews on e-retailer websites reportedly have a $400 billion impact on global commerce each year, a recent report found, while data also showed that...
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3.21.2017
9:00am
In his campaign trail, President Trump promised major infrastructure investment, but since election day, analysts and congressional Republicans have voiced...
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3.20.2017
10:58am
The Trump administration reportedly plans to rescind a rule that requires fracking companies to disclose the chemicals used in their drilling operations.
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3.17.2017
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The Federal Reserve on Wednesday again raised interest rates amid continued strong economic indicators.
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3.16.2017
10:35am
Amazon on Thursday announced plans to install solar energy panels on 50 of its warehouses around the world over the next four years.
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3.6.2017
8:41am
A dramatic jump in newly available warehouse space late last year apparently helped ease some of the heavy demand from retailers and shippers, a new report...
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3.2.2017
4:54pm
Demand for both commercial and personal drones continues to grow rapidly, but a recent report predicts that commercial delivery drones will make practically no...
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2.28.2017
9:27am
A new report suggests says that industrial companies are experiencing sufficient board turnover, and suggests that diversity and technology are two major...
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2.28.2017
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The treasurer of ABB's South Korean subsidiary allegedly embezzled and misappropriated millions as part of a "sophisticated criminal scheme,"...
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2.23.2017
4:21pm
The system could make Amazon even more efficient as it seeks to keep up with the growing demands of e-commerce, but it could also curb the number of human...
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2.1.2017
11:41am
Some small businesses are warning that a tax reform proposal under consideration in Congress could force them to cut jobs or go out of business altogether.
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1.31.2017
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The Wall Street Journal, citing shipping documents reviewed by Ocean Audit, reported that Amazon Logistics helped ship at least 150 cargo containers from China...
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1.30.2017
9:24am
President Donald Trump told prominent U.S. manufacturers this week that his administration hopes to "cut regulations by 75 percent, maybe more"...
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1.27.2017
9:08am
Amazon executives reportedly hope to dramatically expand the e-retailer's reach into the retail auto parts market with a slew of recent agreements with...
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1.25.2017
9:24am
The Wall Street Journal reports that more than a dozen prominent U.S. oil producers released 2017 budgets that, on average, called for a 60 percent increase in...
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1.24.2017
9:08am
Though the layoffs would impact less than 1 percent of Lowe's total workforce, reports say the company is altering the roles and responsibilities of other...
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1.16.2017
9:29am
The Seattle Times reported that the e-retailer deployed about 45,000 robots in its distribution centers during the 2016 holiday season. That's up from...
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1.13.2017
9:05am
Staples hopes that its new software systems will allow business customers to order supplies with the touch of a button — then automatically identify...
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1.9.2017
9:05am
A stronger U.S. dollar helped curb growth in the nation's manufacturing sector in recent years, and analysts suggested that a recent spike in its value...
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1.4.2017
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The U.S. saw a slight increase in workplace fatalities last year, but the numbers improved in the wholesale sector according to a recent report from the U.S....
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12.23.2016
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Amazon reportedly hopes to launch an app next summer that aims to eliminate the market for brokers who currently match shippers with drivers.
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12.22.2016
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The trucking sector struggled with weak demand and excess capacity in recent months, but The Wall Street Journal reports that orders for large trucks increased...
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12.8.2016
9:03am
Companies in the sprawling Los Angeles metro area are building new warehouses to accommodate growing demand from e-commerce. But advances in automation and...
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12.6.2016
9:31am
The new leader of UPS's technology initiatives said recently that the company could eventually complement its current delivery operations with autonomous...
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11.30.2016
4:09pm
Emphasizing anti-counterfeiting as a top priority for 2017, Amazon teams will reportedly encourage more brands to register with Amazon, which will enable the e...
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11.30.2016
9:13am
Bloomberg reports that Amazon's Seller Fulfilled Prime program is an easy way for Amazon to add warehouse and delivery operations as it struggles to keep...
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11.22.2016
9:15am
A recent analysis found that fraud-related costs equated to nearly 9 percent of e-commerce revenue — and rising.
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11.8.2016
10:34am
Citing a need to build up instead of out due to diminishing available warehouse space, Prologis will begin construction on a three-story, 580,000-square foot...
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11.2.2016
12:56pm
Analysts told the Wall Street Journal that although the increase could quell fears of an economic slowdown, the country's weak growth pattern should...
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11.1.2016
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