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  • UK Manufacturers Brace for “Year of Risks” in 2017

    46% of manufacturers in the United Kingdom said their companies will encounter more risks than opportunities in 2017 in the wake of Brexit and facing uncertainties in UK and international politics, according to a recently-released survey by the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF), one of the UK...

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  • Mars Petcare Acquiring Pet Hospital Operator VCA for $9.1B

    The world’s largest pet food company, Mars, Incorporated, is acquiring pet healthcare company VCA Inc., operator of more than 800 animal hospitals and 60 diagnostic laboratories in the United States, in a $9.1 billion all-cash transaction, McLean, VA based Mars announced by press release...

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  • Esselstyn Joins Control Concepts USA

    Control Concepts USA (CCUSA) announces the recent hiring of Eric Esselstyn as sales manager. In his new position, Esselstyn will oversee all sales functions and play a key role on the management team.   Prior to joining CCUSA, Esselstyn was a lead sales engineer with Rockey industrial...

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  • Control Concepts USA Names Director of Sales

    Control Concepts USA (CCUSA) announces the recent promotion of Paul Rose to director of sales. In his new position, Rose will oversee all sales functions and serve as a member of the senior management team. Rose joined CCUSA in July, 2009 as sales manager for the AirSweep Div. Prior to joining...

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  • Siemens, GEA Offer Continuous Tablet Manufacturing Line

    Processing technology provider GEA formed a partnership with engineering corporation Siemens to offer life sciences and pharmaceutical industry customers with an integrated continuous tablet manufacturing line, Siemens announced in a press release Monday. The German firms said that the effort will...

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  • Piab Acquires Vaculex

    Piab has acquired Sweden based Vaculex, a leading manufacturer of lifting equipment based on vacuum technology. With 30 years of experience Vaculex designs, manufactures, and sells ergonomic lifting systems for various applications (e.g. baggage handling, packaging, distribution, and logistics...

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  • Alcoa to Close Alumina Refinery, Bauxite Mines in Suriname

    Aluminum producer Alcoa Corporation announced plans Tuesday to close the Suralco alumina refinery and its bauxite in Suriname and stated that the company is developing agreements with the Surinamese government to determine “Suralco’s remaining activities in the country and the future of...

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  • Fire in Conveyor Area Damages Nigerian Milk Powder Plant

    An electrical malfunction in a section of a Nigerian milk powder processing plant housing conveyor equipment briefly caused a fire and evacuation on Friday, several local news sources reported. The fire at the FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC milk powder processing plant in Lagos, Nigeria...

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  • DOL Sues Food Processor for Firing Worker After 911 Call

    The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against food processor Lone Star Western Beef Inc. and its owner, John M. Buchman, on Thursday seeking back wages and punitive damages after an employee was fired for attempting to call 911 following the amputation of another employee’s finger....

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  • “World’s Largest” Halal Animal Protein Firm Established

    Brazilian food company BRF S.A. launched OneFoods, a new Dubai-headquartered subsidiary, in a move to provide halal animal protein to an estimated market of 1.8 billion people in the Middle East, a press release announced Wednesday. Formerly known as Sadia Halal, OneFoods holds a 45% market share...

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