Old Gun Factory Closing; Tesla Delivers Cybertrucks; World's Heaviest Crane | Today in Manufacturing Ep. 148

Also on the podcast, firearms manufacturer abandons Florida facility, maintenance error leads to costly fire, Tesla's union conflict spreads, GM and Flying J open EV charging locations and McDonald's is testing a new chain.

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Every week, we cover the five biggest stories in manufacturing, and the implications they have on the industry moving forward. This week: 

Maintenance Error Leads to $1.2 Million Fire - @3:15

In April 2022, the 600-foot-long chemical tanker, the Endo Breeze, was in the Raritan Bay between New York and New Jersey when oil spray from a fuel injector pump ignited and caused a fire.

Tesla Delivers First Cybertrucks - @15:38

It was two years late and Tesla still has some manufacturing kinks to work out, but the EV maker delivered the first dozen Cybertruck pickups last week.

'World's Heaviest Wheeled Crane' Achieves Milestone in First Lift - @30:34

The XCA3000 is the world's largest tonnage wheeled crane. The really big crane, which was made by XCMG, recently completed its first lift in China.

Firearms Manufacturer Abandons Plans for Florida Facility - @40:59

In June 2021, gunmaker Dark Storm Industries said it was going to relocate manufacturing from New York to Titusville, Florida, but plans have changed.

Nearly 200-Year-Old Gun Factory Shutting Down - @50:35

RemArms is the gun maker behind the Remington brand. Last week, the company decided to shut down its manufacturing facility in Ilion, New York in March 2024.

In Case You Missed It

Tesla's Swedish Union Conflict Spreads to Denmark - @1:02:29

The labor conflict against Tesla in Sweden is spreading to neighboring Denmark.

GM, Flying J Open First Locations For National EV Charging Network - @1:09:14

The companies are targeting 200 locations by the end of 2024.

McDonald's Tests New Chain Amid Global Expansion - @1:16:13

McDonald's is testing a new format to compete with Starbucks and Dunkin'. The company is opening 10 CosMc's restaurants next year, one in Chicago and the rest in Texas. If the concept works, we could see CosMc's popup everywhere and fast.

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