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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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....

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • RIT opens $18M Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing Center

    The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) opened an additive manufacturing and 3D printing research center at its Henrietta, NY campus to bolster the state’s advanced manufacturing capabilities and prepare students for the rigors of changing industrial environments, the university announced...

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  • J.M. Smucker Fined $60K after Finger Amputated on Valve

    A J.M. Smucker Company facility in Orrville, OH was issued with one repeated and one serious safety violation on Oct. 21 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a worker amputated a fingertip on a valve at the site this July, the federal...

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  • Caterpillar Cut 14,000 Jobs from Workforce in Past Year

    Caterpillar Inc. has cut more than 14,000 positions globally since the third quarter of 2015 as the faltering global economy drives down profits, according to the company’s third-quarter report issued Tuesday. “Economic weakness throughout much of the world persists and, as a result,...

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