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  • ADM Animal Nutrition Expanding Quincy, IL Feed Plant

    Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) announced plans Tuesday to upgrade and modernize an existing animal feed facility in Quincy, IL.  “We are excited to invest in a new, state-of-the-art feed plant to serve our commercial and consumer customers throughout the United States,” president of...

  • Monsanto Sets Date for Board Vote on Bayer Merger in Dec.

    Monsanto, the world’s largest seed provider, announced Tuesday that its board of directors will meet on Dec. 13 at the company’s Chesterfield, MO R&D headquarters to vote on German pharmaceutical company Bayer’s $66 billion merger proposal. Preceding the announcement from the...

  • First Sanitary Standard for Food Industry Robots Goes Into Effect

    The first industry standard for industrial robot system design, materials, and fabrication/installation to meet minimum sanitary (hygienic) requirements was issued by 3-A Sanitary Standards in September. The new standard went into effect on Oct. 13. “The new standard reflects nearly five...

  • Solvay Building Polyamide Compounding Unit in Mexico

    Global chemical group Solvay S.A. is constructing a compounding unit in San Luis Potosi, Mexico to support production of its Technyl polyamide line for customers in North America, the Brussels-based conglomerate announced Oct. 19. The new facility is expected to be operational by the third quarter...

  • OSHA Fines Animal Feed Site $101K for Grain Dust Explosion Risk, Other Hazards

    A Nebraska animal feed company was cited for 25 serious and one other-than-serious workplace safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Oct. 26 after an agency investigation revealed the company exposed workers to the risk of...

  • U.S. Workplace Injury and Illness Rates Drop in 2015

    2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2015, or three cases per the equivalent of 100 full-time workers, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In all, there were 48...

  • Study: Financing of Equipment Acquisitions Grows in 2015

    78% of U.S. companies – or eight in 10 businesses – surveyed for a new report by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation reported using a form of financing to acquire equipment in FY2015, up from 72% reported the previous year, a press release issued by the organization Monday...

  • NSF Awards University $2.9M for Advanced Materials Lab

    The State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) received a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop an automated computer laboratory for advanced materials research that compiles visual data like charts and images in a database, the university announced Wednesday....

  • NAM Names Caterpillar’s Denise Johnson to Board

    Denise Johnson, Caterpillar Group President of Resource Industries, was elected to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) board of directors for a two-year term, the organization announced Wednesday. “As a champion for manufacturing from a company with an iconic board, Denise will...

  • U.S. Satisfaction Level with Packaged Foods Hits High

    Falling grocery prices are fueling rising U.S. consumer satisfaction with packaged grocery food products, rising 9.2% from the previous year and clocking in at its highest level since 2012, according to new data released Tuesday in the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI)’s ACSI...