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  • Wm. W. Meyer & Sons Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

    Wm. M. Meyer & Sons Inc. recently achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification recognizing that the company’s quality management system meets standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization of Geneva, Switzerland. The ISO 9001 standard is understood internationally to...

  • BRANDT Opens Specialty Formulations Plant in California

    Agricultural products maker BRANDT recently expanded its production capabilities with the opening a new 42,000-sq-ft manufacturing plant for specialty formulations in Visalia, CA, the company announced in a July 16 press release. The site will also function as a development and testing...

  • Tortilla Chip Waste Explodes at Texas Food Plant

    Firefighters responded to a tortilla chip factory in Austin, TX twice within one week after the “spontaneous combustion” of boxes of food waste stored at the site, officials said. The incidents occurred on July 12 and July 15 at the facility located at 6110 Trade Center Drive. ...

  • BASF Invests $25M in Belgian 3D Printing Technology Firm

    German chemicals and materials firm BASF is investing $25 million in Leuven, Belgium-based 3D printing technology supplier Materialise and furthering a cooperation agreement with the company to advance development of additive manufacturing materials and applications for the consumer goods...

  • Lehigh Technologies Starts Up New Rubber Powder Plant

    Specialty chemicals firm Lehigh Technologies began production at its new Murillo el Fruto manufacturing plant in Europe, expanding its capacity for micronized rubber powder (MRP), the company announced in a press release Monday.  Located in Navarra, Spain, the facility uses the firm...

  • Explosion at Ohio Chemical Plant Forces Evacuations

    An explosion and fire at the Emerald Performance Materials chemical plant in Akron, OH on Wednesday afternoon led official to order an evacuation of businesses and homes within a half-mile radius of the facility, local media reports said. The blast occurred at about 1 p.m., drawing the response of...

  • LafargeHolcim Acquires Texas Ready-Mix Concrete Firm

    Building materials, cement, and concrete firm LafargeHolcim recently acquired one of the Dallas/Fort Worth area’s biggest providers of ready-mix concrete, expanding its presence in Texas, a company press release announced this month. The company said the purchase of the Texas firm...

  • Lasaffre Buys Bakery Ingredients Firm Delavau

    Milwaukee, WI-based commercial baking products provider Lesaffre Yeast Corporation recently acquired Delavau Food Partners, a manufacturer of baking, nutrional, and pharmaceutical ingredients serving customers in North America, a July 11 press release announced.  “This acquisition will...

  • Nestle Opens New Coffee Production Line in Vietnam

    Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle inaugurated a new production line at a plant in Vietnam’s Dong Nai province this Wednesday that will process 2500 tn/yr of coffee sourced from local growers, the company announced in a press release.  Coffee processed at the site will be...

  • Crews Put Down Dust Collector Fire at Wisc. Metal Shop

    Fire crews responded to a blaze at a Fond du Lac, WI metal shop last Friday after a fire official passing by the facility saw smoke coming from the site and called in. Upon arrival at the Nemesis Metals building, crews determined that a dust collector at the site was ablaze.  Chief Peter O...