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  • CSB Offers Tips to Prevent Inadvertent Chemical Mixing

    A new case study by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), “Key Lessons for Preventing Inadvertent Mixing During Chemical Unloading Operations,’ examines factors that led to an Oct. 2016 chemical release at a MGPI processing plant in Atchison, KS and offers guidance on how to prevent...

  • Key Technology Appoints Senior Director of North America Sales

    Key Technology announces the appointment of Ray Kramer to the position of senior director of North America sales. Kramer is responsible for managing Key’s sales organization in the U.S. and Canada to bring the company’s digital sorters, conveying solutions, and process automation...

  • Chaney Enterprises Acquires Ready-Mix Concrete Plant in VA

    Construction material supplier Chaney Enterprises acquired a ready-mix concrete plant in Bealeton, VA from Lehigh Hanson, the Gambrills, MD-based company announced in a Dec. 29 press release. The Bealeton facility is one of 18 concrete plants owned by Chaney across Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland...

  • Plant Fined $92K After Worker Loses Finger to Conveyor

    A Pasco, WA food processing plant was cited for occupational safety violations and issued $92,400 in fines by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) after a worker’s finger was amputated by a conveyor belt, the state agency announced in a Dec. 27 press release....

  • Dust Explosion, Fire Destroys Minnesota Grain Elevator

    An explosion at a Northrop, MN grain elevator on Dec. 28 blew off the top section of the structure, scattering debris that caused damages to nearby buildings and vehicles, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office told local media. Reported at about noon, the explosion occurred at the LB Pork site...

  • Hershey Moves on $920M Purchase of Snack Maker Amplify

    Chocolate and snack producer The Hershey Company is moving to expand its presence in the savory snacks market as it entered into an agreement Monday to acquire Austin, TX-based Amplify Snack Brands Inc., the maker of Tyrrell’s brand potato chips and SkinnyPop popcorn. “The acquisition...

  • Firm Fined $888K After Worker Injured by 600kg FIBC Bag

    A British port company was ordered by the Ipswich Magistrates’ Court to pay a fine totaling £666,000, or about $888,000, after a 600kg flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) bag fell and injured a worker, Great Britain’s occupational safety regulator, the Health and Safety...

  • U.S. Workplace Deaths Reach Highest Level Since 2010

    The rate of fatal occupational injuries in reported in U.S. workplaces in 2016 reached its highest level since 2010, according to new data released Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Last year the occupational fatality rate climbed by 7% from 3.4 per...

  • Nestle Sheds RTD Tea Brands Sweet Leaf and Tradewinds

    Boston-based private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners and its partner, Dunn’s River Brands (DRB), entered into a purchase agreement with Nestle Waters North America to purchase the Swiss-owned firm’s ready-to-drink (RTD) tea brands Sweet Leaf Teas and Tradewinds, Fireman announced...

  • Cargill, Ecolab Partner in New Food Startup Incubator

    American agribusiness Cargill, startup accelerator network Techstars, and water, hygiene, and energy technology provider Ecolab launched a new initiative on Monday to identify and support entrepreneurs and startups that offer unique concepts and products involving agriculture, food-oriented digital...