Tag Archives: Illinois

Tragedy in Illinois

Terminated worker at Henry Pratt Company in Aurora open fires in warehouse A terrifying incident at an Illinois valve manufacturing facility last week may cause manufacturers to rethink their managerial and security practices. Five victims were killed and six others wounded—including five police officers — in a shooting at an Aurora industrial complex February 16, […]

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A New Normal

A progressive EV startup manufactures from a small Midwest town While Tesla seems to have somewhat hit its apex, countless electric vehicle manufacturers vie for the throne. One of them is doing while simultaneously helping to revitalize the town of Normal, Illinois. That company is Rivian Automotive. Rivian’s brain trust resides mostly in California—Battery, Electric […]

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Railcar Repairs

A manufacturing fixture is revamping a repair operation in Illinois Railroads helped the country develop as it spread westward—we know this. In the Midwest, particularly, a network of the earliest freight and passenger routes began to crisscross the landscape in the 1850s. One key junction was Danville, Illinois, where a railcar manufacturing facility was just […]

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Upgridding Illinois

State kicks off ambitious ‘utility of the future’ process The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved a process yesterday called “NextGrid” to begin building what it calls “a smarter, more dynamic electric system that allows for greater customer choice and control.” This means more advanced technologies—rooftop solar, electric vehicles, and energy storage—will be deployed at scale due to Illinois’ […]

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Safety a Must During Midwest Flood Cleanup

OSHA, Red Cross stress work safety amid daunting rebuild efforts Two weeks later, those of us not living in affected areas have likely forgotten about the destructive wave of tornadoes and floods that hit the Midwest on New Year’s weekend. For many, the return to work and the need to focus on everyday life can push […]

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