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  • ExxonMobil Closes Purchase of Jurong Aromatics Plant

    Houston, TX-based ExxonMobil Chemical Company announced Sunday that its acquisition of one of the world’s largest aromatics plants closed. Initially announced in May, the plant on Jurong Island in Singapore was purchased from the Jurong Aromatics Corporation. The Jurong plant is located...

  • CSB Issues Safety Alert for Post-Harvey Plant Restarts

    The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) issued a safety alert Monday for oil and chemical facilities impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, suggesting that firms act with caution as they start up plants idled during the storm. “We urge facilities to...

  • OSHA Changes Policies on Workplace Fatality Data

    America’s federal workplace safety watchdog may disclose fewer details on worker fatalities following a series of changes that shifts the way the agency handles data on the incidents. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) erased information...

  • Grain Elevator Destroyed by Fire in Saskatchewan

    A grain elevator in Tramping Lake, SK was destroyed in a blaze that broke out Saturday afternoon. Three area fire departments responded to the elevator at about 1 p.m. Saturday. Some crews remained on site extinguishing flames until about 12:30 a.m. Sunday. “Within 90 [minutes], it was a...

  • LEAF Brands Eyes Purchase of Nestle US Confectionery Unit

    Newport Beach, CA-based sweets maker LEAF Brands LLC plans to offer a bid to purchase Nestle SA’s U.S. confectionery business, a move that could place the producer of legacy candy brands in competition with larger firms like Hershey and Mars Inc. “We’re obviously the small guy,...

  • Employees Help Contain Dust Fire at Woodworking Facility

    Employees at the Modern Industries woodworking facility in Providence, RI were praised by a local fire official for acting quickly to prevent the spread of a fire that broke out in the site’s dust collection ducts on Aug. 23, the Providence Journal reported. A machine spark at about 8 a.m....

  • Vantage Foods Plans New $14M Seafood Processing Line

    Ontario announced its intention to provide funding totaling CN$1.5 million to Canadian firm Vantage Foods as the company kicks off a CN$18 million (about $14 million USD) expansion project to install a new seafood line and boost red meat production at its Belleville, ON plant, a press release from...

  • Hormel Foods Buys Brazilian Meat Firm Cidade do Sol

    Hormel Foods Corporation announced its $104 million acquisition of Brazilian meat firm Cidade do Sol on Thursday, marking the Austin, MN-based company’s first entry into South American markets. “Strategic international growth is important to Hormel Foods and South America has been of...

  • Cargill Protein Invests in Producer of Lab-Grown Meats

    A San Francisco-based startup that produces “clean meat” from animal cells in a laboratory announced it had gained the investments from a number of “groundbreaking” parties, including Cargill and several other food firms. Memphis Meats said a press release Wednesday that...

  • Foster Farms Plans $30M Poultry Processing Plant Upgrade

    Poultry products producer Foster Farms plans to invest $30 million to expand and upgrade cut-up and boning areas its Farmerville, LA processing facility, the firm’s chief executive officer, Laura Flanagan, and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards announced in a press release. 50 new jobs will be...