Weekly Wrap Up For April 17th, 2020

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It seems so simple – it has wheels on it, you load it up and move it – until it becomes industrial.  Then, casters matter, weight matters, direction matters, speed matters – and someone who knows the right casters for the right application matters.  Hear Joe Lyden discuss the oft-overlooked science of casters with co-hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady.

Car Sales dropVehicle Sales Decline in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak

As the U.S continues to take measures to respond to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, different industries are starting to feel the results. One which is especially being hit is the auto industry, as sales continue to drop, with no clear indication of when things may turn around. (Read More)


In this NEC webinar, Cliff Waldman of New World Economics, Kristin Dziczek of the Center for Automotive Research and Don Leavens of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association discusses the impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic on US manufacturing. Panelists discuss the hit to total manufacturing growth and the growth of key manufacturing subsectors before considering plausible recovery scenarios. The discussion also includes an assessment of longer-term effects on such critical matters as sourcing and supply chain, innovation investment, automation, and workforce development.

exim-bankEXIM Board Takes Action in Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic by Temporarily Restricting Export Support for Needed U.S. Medical Supplies and Equipment

In order to protect the American people, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) Board of Directors today unanimously approved new temporary measures to help ensure the United States has medical supplies and equipment that are in short supply and necessary to combat and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic in the United States. This action took place during an open board meeting with the public via teleconference. (Read More)

They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and this was certainly the case for Julie Austin, creator of Swiggies, a range of wrist water bottles. After going for a run and passing out from dehydration, she came up with this innovative solution to a problem she knew many people had. In this episode hosted by Amy Nicklaus, we learn more about Swiggies as well as Julie’s other activities. As a sought-after keynote speaker and author, she wears many hats. She shares stories of her speaking engagements, what it’s like being a female inventor at these conferences, and how she holds her own around other geniuses. Julie also talks about accidentally falling into manufacturing and how it was a steep learning curve. Having no prior knowledge in the space, she found her way through trial and error. Along with this, she also touches on the importance of asking for help, why she wrote a book, and what’s on the horizon for Swiggies. As a woman of many talents, Julie’s story is an inspirational one, so be sure to tune in today to hear more!