Winnebago Industries says it will pay $255 million in cash and stock for Barletta Pontoon Boats and plans to reduce manufacturing costs by using existing suppliers and negotiating lower prices. Winnebago CEO Michael Happe says he expects Barletta's existing 4% market share in pontoon boats to reach double digits.
Some of IBM's former campuses in New York state have been repurposed for manufacturers and other businesses, including GlobalFoundries, Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, Sloop Brewing, lighting design company RBW and lithium-ion battery startup iM3NY. IBM itself retains a presence at the revitalized iPark in East Fishkill.
Additive manufacturing is agile, can be quickly scaled to match demand and can reduce cost and production time, and it's moving beyond prototyping to a practical option, writes Velo3D CEO Benny Buller. "Advanced additive systems now conduct real-time, in-situ, process monitoring and control -- delivering critical quality and repeatability for novel designs that simply couldn't be achieved in the past," Buller writes.
PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division is shifting its pandemic-related supply chain simplification strategy to a customized data-driven approach. Frito-Lay is also connecting its largely owned supply chain with cloud-based notifications, 3D printing and predictive maintenance.
Shipping container rates have risen sharply during the pandemic amid growing consumer demand for goods, backlogged ports and delayed transport through the Suez Canal. "I have been in this business for 20 years, and $4,500 was the previous high I had seen for a container from Asia to the US West Coast before the pandemic," said Robert Khachatryan of Freight Right Global Logistics. "I think that will be the new floor."
Proterra Powered says it will supply battery technology to the chassis of ROUSH CleanTech's all-electric Ford F-650s, which will be delivered to Penske Truck Leasing in 2023. This is just one partnership Proterra has signed for "everything from charging and infrastructure to service and support for end-use customers," says executive Claire McConnell.
The future of work at Nissan requires reskilling of the work being done, as well as changes in employee engagement and flexible work, says Mark Stout, corporate vice president for global HR. Nissan also manages two workforces -- a factory group that has been on-site throughout the pandemic and an office-based staff that should benefit from "a flexible hybrid model in most locations," Stout says.
The 2022 U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) budget request of $715 billion presents many opportunities for a wide variety of manufacturing firms, both large and small. DoD direct buyers experience supply chain weaknesses in raw materials, key system components and essential high tech innovation and seek industry's help to improve defense manufacturing. Join this briefing for an outline of the major program funding included in the 2022 budget request, as well as opportunities and steps for manufacturers interested in participating in the defense industry. Join us on Tuesday, July 27, from 2-2:45p.m. EDT. Register now.