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What's Trending: Sriracha Factory Woes; Motorola Smartphones Push Forward

Mon, 12/02/2013 - 11:22am
Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: Sriracha factory woes; Motorola smartphone news; and an electric helicopter built for two. Below these stories, check out links to other related news and features at Manufacturing Business Technology.


 
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A judge has given a dose of cold water to Sriracha, ruling Tuesday that the factory that manufactures the trendy hot sauce must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing.

Judge Robert H. O'Brien found in favor of the city of Irwindale where Sriracha recently relocated, saying sauce maker Huy Fong Foods must stop any operations that could be causing the odors and make changes to mitigate them.

O'Brien's injunction, given in response to a lawsuit filed by the city on Oct. 21, does not specify what types of actions are required or force the factory to shut down altogether, the Los Angeles Times reported. Continue reading...

Take a tour of the Sriracha factory and see where this controversy began:

Sriracha Hot Sauce Creating Burning Controversy

Judge Considers Closing Sriracha Hot Sauce Factory


Cheap Motorola Smartphone Available In U.S. Early

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola will start selling a cheap smartphone in the U.S. more than a month ahead of schedule.

The company says it was able to produce the Moto G phones faster than expected. The U.S. launch was initially planned for January. But it is going on sale Tuesday.

The phone starts at $179 without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must typically pay for high-end phones without traditional two-year service agreements. Continue reading...

Motorola also has plans to create a modular smartphone that would be customized, 3D printed and priced per customer requirements. Avi Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems, says the deal with Motorola to help build customizable smartphones is an opportunity to mainstream 3D printing into manufacturing.


Electric Helicopter's Maiden Flight

The German-built Volocopter VC200, with its 18 rotors, is a VTOL aircraft that aims to offer a calm, quiet and emmission-free ride for two people. 


If you'd like to weigh-in about What's Trending In Manufacturing, leave a comment below or Email me at Jon.Minnick@advantagemedia.com.

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