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  • Explosion at the Largest 3M Plant in the U.S. Injures 3

    A “process upset” during caused a piece of equipment to explode at a 3M's production site in Hutchinson, MN last Thursday, injuring three people and causing part of the plant to be shut down while an investigation into the cause was conducted. The explosion occurred at about 1:30 p...

  • Monthly Conveying Equipment Orders Soar 35%

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports that its February 2018 booked orders increased 35.7% when compared to February 2017 orders. When compared to January 2018, February 2018 booked orders were down 4.6%. February booked orders were down 1.6% for Bulk Handling Equipment...

  • $39M Verdict Awarded in Dust Explosion Injury Case

    A man injured in a dust fire and explosion at a Georgia Pacific plant in Corrigan, TX in 2014 received a $39.7 million verdict by a Texas jury last week in a suit alleging that makers of dust collection and fire suppression systems at the facility contributed to the incident. Two workers were...

  • Hostess Brands Names Callahan President and CFO

    Hostess Brands Inc. announces that its board of directors has named consumer packaged goods executive Andrew “Andy” Callahan as the company’s president and chief executive officer, effective May 7, 2018. Callahan will replace C. Dean Metropoulos, the company’s executive...

  • Industrial Magnetics Obtains 15 HACCP International Manager Certifications

    Industrial Magnetics Inc. announces that 15 of its employees - including regional managers, engineering, operations, and inside sales personnel- have achieved certification as HACCP Managers from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). To obtain certification, HACCP (Hazard Analysis...

  • MoistTech Corp. Names New Team Members

    Moisture analyzers and testing firm MoistTech Corp. recently named two new members to its team. Michelle Caulkins was named for a Sales and Marketing Support position and Loren Miller will assume the role of National Sales and Product Specialist. Both Michelle and Loren will report to the company...

  • Packaging Firm Neopac Invests $30M in First U.S. Plant

    Swiss-owned manufacturer of packaging for the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries Neopac is investing about $30.8 million to construct its first manufacturing site in the U.S. and a headquarters for its North American operations in Wilson, NC, a press release issued by North Carolina Gov. Roy...

  • Premium Brands to Buy Meat Snacks Maker Oberto

    Vancouver-based specialty food products producer and marketer Premium Brands Holdings Corporation announced Thursday that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the majority of assets and divisions of American snack food maker Oberto Sausage Company. “This transaction will create...

  • J.R. Simplot CEO Bill Whitacre to Step Down This Year

    The current chief executive officer of agribusiness J.R. Simplot Company announced his intention to step down from his post and retire this year, a recent company press release said. After an 18-year career with the company, Bill Whitacre is slated to retire on Aug. 31, 2018 “Bill has...

  • Tate & Lyle Completes Food Application Lab Expansion

    Specialty food ingredients and bulk ingredients provider Tate & Lyle recently wrapped up an expansion project at its Mexico City food application laboratory to support local food and beverage manufacturing firms in designing, trialing, and benchmarking new recipes, a company press release...