July 19, 2013
How the Tesla Model S is Made

Wired heads to Tesla’s factory floor to see how the Model S sedan is made.

Tesla got the factory for a song from Toyota in 2010, spent about a year or so setting up tooling and started producing the Model S sedan in mid-2012. The automaker brings in raw…

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July 9, 2012
An Inside Peak of the Joseph Abboud Factory

True story: back when I was writing for the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass., I took a call while solo monitoring the newsroom on Saturday morning. It was from Joseph Abboud.

The actual Joseph Abboud was calling to drum up publicity for his sister’s singing career. It was sweet and he was very nice because it turns out his sister was singing at some random bar for her very first gig and she was probably 70. All Abboud wanted was a little recognition for his sister’s efforts. I asked him if he wanted to be interviewed and he said he didn’t want to overshadow her accomplishment by being tied to the article.

It struct me as a very kind thing to do, something I wouldn’t expect out of someone with his fame and stature. Anyway, he won a fan for life. Not surprising that a person like that would also try to manufacture his clothing products in America. Here’s a look inside the New Bedord, Mass. factory used to manufacture his clothing line.

My only complaint is I wish there were some actual interviews with people and not just the humming whirl of machines. [via doobybrain]

May 4, 2012
How a Bentley is Made

The gang at Cool Hunting took a  trip to Crewe, England, home of  a Bentley factory to see how “a mix of old and new technologies comes together,” as Herman puts it, to create one of the finest crafted cars on the road. This is a nice companion to the piece about how Aston Martin’s One-77 supercar is built.

April 12, 2012
Watch an iPad Get Made

Rob Schmitz, who exposed Mike Daisey’s lies, reports for Marketplace with a behind-the-scenes look at the now-infamous Foxconn iPad assembly line in China. [via daringfireball]

March 6, 2012
How Aston Martin Builds the One-77 Supercar


Remarkably, each Aston Martin One-77 Supercar is entirely hand-built: “When Aston set out to build its radical One-77 flagship, it stepped away from its main manufacturing facility and constructed a small structure where it turned the assembly line concept upside down. Rather than move the car along a line as it’s constructed, there are seven workstations where craftsmen and parts revolve around each vehicle. The setup hews more closely to the golden age of bespoke coachbuilding than the brave new world of hyper-efficient mass-production.”

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