Weekly Wrap Up for February 9th, 2018

Business is booming! Anthony Nieves, committee chair for the Institute for Supply Management’s Non-Manufacturing Report on Business(R) joins co-hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the 12-month index high and the strength of the underlying factors that have pushed the report into the rarified air.

Here Are Some of This Week’s Top Stories in Manufacturing

New Legislation Addressing Carbon Emissions: Manufacturers Consider the Impact

The Washington State Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee amended and approved Senate Bill 6203 last week (1/30/18). Now heading to the Senate Ways and Means Committee for approval, this measure could have a monumental impact on Washington manufacturers. The measure is a tax on fossil fuel emissions to help reduce carbon waste entering the atmosphere. (Read More)

Boeing Unveils the 737 MAX 7 at Washington Factory

Thousands of Boeing employees and aerospace industry experts were invited on Monday (2/5/2018) to attend the official unveiling of Boeing’s 737 MAX 7. The company showed off the latest addition to its 737 MAX line of planes at a ceremony held at their manufacturing facility in Renton, Washington. Employees were shown the aircraft to celebrate all the hard work that went into achieving this milestone for the aerospace manufacturer. (Read More)

AIM Onshore: Promoting Energy Technology Innovation and Manufacturing

On February 6th, 2018 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) took the initiative to open the American Inventions Made Onshore (AIM Onshore) prize competition. The opening of the AIM Onshore prize competition is coupled with the DOE’s Build4Scale manufacturing training, which provides innovators the tools they need to identify and address manufacturing challenges when working to develop new energy innovations. Both of the initiatives were created to build a stronger bond between American innovators who develop new energy technologies and the U.S. manufacturers who will inevitably produce them. (Read More)

Tesla Launches Program to Become Safest Car Factory in the World

Tesla’s VP for Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS), Laurie Shelby laid out in a recent blog post that the California based electric vehicle manufacturer has plans to reach their goal of having the safest car factory in the world. The company’s safety plan covers various aspects of its factories’ operations, such as training new employees and how injured staff is compensated after they suffer a work-related injury. (Read More)

Women And Manufacturing

Almost 30 years ago, Stacey DelVecchio turned her passion for and curiosity about all things STEM related into a career.  In this episode, Jennifer McNelly interviews Stacey DelVecchio, Additive Manufacturing Product Manager for Caterpillar Inc.  Stacey shares her perspective that to be successful in manufacturing, you need to be both willing to constantly push yourself to gain stronger and deeper knowledge and be curious.  She talks about her early exposure to manufacturing—a family vacation where they stopped and knocked on the door of a manufacturer and asked for a tour. Guided by family and a teacher that made her feel like she belonged, Stacey shares her compelling career in manufacturing and asks others to get curious!  Tune in to hear Stacey’s journey.