Matt LaWell

Staff Writer,

Staff writer Matt LaWell explores news in manufacturing technology, covering the trends and developments in automation, robotics, digital tools and emerging technologies. He also reports on the best practices of the most successful high tech companies, including computer, electronics, and industrial machinery and equipment manufacturers.

Matt joined IndustryWeek in 2015 after six years at newspapers and magazines in West Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio, a season on the road with his wife writing about America and minor league baseball, and three years running a small business. He received his bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University.


A counter outside the Johnson Controls plant in Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
2016 IW Best Plants Winner: Johnson Controls’ Magic Ingredient is Leadership
In Monterrey, Mexico, hundreds of Johnson Controls employees build thousands of batteries every day — delivering them on time, in perfect condition, in large thanks to individual ownership and ideal team leadership.
Upskill CEO Brian Ballard.
Upskilling the Tech Workforce with ... Science Fiction? Video Games? Race Cars?
Upskill CEO Brian Ballard has been a tech geek for decades. Lately, though, the workforce interests him just as much (as if the new name of his company isn’t proof enough). Can new tech like wearables help fill the skills gap and the coming worker shortage?
NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons.
NAM CEO Timmons Dives Deeper on 2017 Goals
Talking about trade, immigration, Ronald Reagan and what the National Association of Manufacturers wants to accomplish during Donald Trump’s time in the White House.
NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons speaks at the Detroit Economic Club.
NAM: Time for Manufacturing is Right Now
The state of manufacturing is better than it has been in years, according to NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons, but plenty of work remains, especially in regulatory and tax reform, and infrastructure investment.
The General Electric logo as it will appear on the Boston Celtics jersey.
Coming Soon, to an NBA Court Near You?
When General Electric announced a deal last month to advertise on the fabled jerseys of the Boston Celtics, it got us thinking: What other American manufacturing and tech companies might be good fits for the uncharted territory of NBA jersey sponsorships?
December Gives Machine Tool Orders a Bump
New orders increased 20.6%, according to the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders report issued by the Association for Manufacturing Technology.
Merrow Sewing Machine Co. CEO Charlie Merrow.
An Old Company Stitches Together a New Perspective 3
The Merrow Sewing Machine Co. was old, analog and grappling with its identity after 165 years as a market leader when Charlie Merrow and his brother, Owen, bought back the company in 2003. Since then, the seventh generation of Merrows has used lots of tech, namely cloud, to bring it into the 21st century and drastically change its business model.
The abstract cover image for the 2017 Deloitte MTM predictions report.
10 Tech Predictions for 2017 and Beyond 1
Deloitte rubs its crystal ball early every year and reveals some of its predictions — in tech, media and telecommunications — for the next 12 months and beyond.
The Daqri smart glasses.
Is This the Real Life? Is This Just Fantasy? AR Hits Manufacturing 1
Manufacturers of all sizes are starting to explore augmented reality, and some have been building for years toward a full-scaled deployment. But is the tech actually making an industrial difference yet?
President Donald Trump and various manufacturing CEOs.
Trump Announces Manufacturing Jobs Initiative 1
Two dozen current or former manufacturing CEOs join the new council, including Jeff Immelt of General Electric, Mark Fields of Ford, and Elon Musk of Tesla.
The IW Manufacturing Leader of the Week logo.
Wit and Wisdom from Manufacturing Leaders of the Week
Forty more manufacturing CEOs, VPs and other top decision-makers opened up and shared some of their insights with us this year. Here are some of our favorite lessons, pointers and words to live by.
Economist Peter Navarro will lead the new National Trade Council.
Avoiding Death by China, Trump Taps Navarro to Lead New Trade Council
“For too long, our trade policies haven’t been focused on supporting our manufacturing sectors, (and), in many ways, have undermined it. This new council could be an important part of a strategy to make sure that America can compete and win.”
Micropulse Inc. president and CEO Brian Emerick, on the factory floor.
No Longer a Jack of All Trades, Micropulse Is a Master of One
How Brian Emerick and Micropulse shed customers in an effort to focus on one industry and become an expert — and an incubator.
An industrial print rack custom designed by Jabil for 3-D printing tooling.
Jabil Moves One Step Closer to a 3-D Future 2
As an HP foundational partner, Jabil Circuit was among the first companies to receive pre-production Jet Fusion 3-D printers earlier this year. Now, they have the real thing and are open for business.
Four top GE leaders at a company symposium roundtable event.
GE Digs Deep on Digital 1
General Electric leadership discusses some of the company’s digital manufacturing plans for 2016, 2017 and beyond — in the process, outlining strategy for other manufacturers, too.
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