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  • Grain Bin Fall Claims Life at World’s Biggest Malt Plant

    A 58-year-old worker died Monday night after falling into a grain bin at the Rahr Malting Co. plant in Shakopee, MN, numerous local news outlets reported Tuesday. Employees called first responders to the plant at about 9:15 p.m. after the worker fell into a grain bin and contacted some processing...

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  • Ventura Foods to Add 157 Jobs in $12M PA Plant Expansion

    Maker of custom and proprietary sauces, dressings, and flavorings Ventura Foods is investing $12.4 million to expand its Chambersburg, PA facility, adding 157 new full time jobs to the facility’s existing payroll within three years, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced by press release...

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  • New USDA Process to Apply for Organic Cost Share Programs

    Producers and handlers of organic products in the United States looking to apply for federal reimbursements to assist with the costs of obtaining and maintaining organic or transitional certification will no longer need to apply through state departments of agriculture, the U.S. Department of...

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  • Schenck Process Names Rate Technology Systems as Sales Rep

    Schenck Process announces the appointment of Rate Technology Systems as its exclusive representative in Eastern Canada. Rate Technology Systems has been providing engineered solutions in dry bulk material handling for over 20 years and has experience serving customers in a wide range of...

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  • Fike Corp. Names Brad Batz for Top Executive Position

    Brad Batz was named the chief executive officer and president of the Fike Corp. on Tuesday with an immediate effective date, the Blue Springs, MO company announced by press release. Serving as the company’s president since 2014, members of Batz’s family have worked for Fike for three...

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  • Origin Agritech Gains Access to DuPont Non-GMO Corn Seed

    Chinese biotechnology company Origin Agritech Ltd. signed a definitive agreement with DuPont’s advanced seed and genetics unit to gain access to non-GMO corn seed products for sale to the United States market, a press release by Origin announced Jan. 3. The DuPont Pioneer business’...

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  • Marsh Begins Term as ASTM International Board Chairman

    D. Thomas Marsh, president and CEO of Centrotrade Minerals and Metals Inc. in Chesapeake, VA, has started his term as 2017 chairman of the ASTM International board of directors. ASTM International’s board is made up of 25 leaders from a broad variety of companies, associations, and...

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  • Hershey Names President and Chief Executive

    The Hershey Co.’s board of directors has appointed Michele Buck, currently the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer, as Hershey's next president and chief executive officer, effective March 1, 2017. Buck will succeed John P. Bilbrey, who previously...

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  • Evonik to Acquire Air Products Inc. for $3.8 Billion

    Evonik Industries AG has completed the activities to acquire the specialty additives business (Performance Materials Div.) of Air Products Inc. for $3.8 billion by the end of the year as planned. The closing is scheduled for January 03, 2017. All relevant antitrust authorities have approved...

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  • OSHA Fines Plastics Manufacturer $274K after Severe Injuries

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $274,934 to a New Philadelphia, OH plastics manufacturer after its investigation of a second debilitating injury suffered by an employee in less than 18 months. The agency...

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