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  • Conveying Equipment Orders Down 45%

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its August 2017 booked orders decreased 31.6% when compared to August 2016 orders. When compared to July 2017, August 2017 booked orders were down 44.6%. August booked orders were up 20.9% for Bulk Handling Equipment and down...

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  • Sukup Donates $100K in Equipment to GEAPS/K-State Program

    Grain storage, drying and handling equipment maker Sukup Manufacturing Company donated $100,000 in equipment to the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State) Hands-On Training (HOT) Program, including a bin sweep, chain conveyor, and incline conveyor, a...

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  • Avara to Buy Solid Dosage Production Site from AstraZeneca

    Contract development and manufacturing organization Avara Pharmaceutical Services entered into an agreement to acquire AstraZeneca’s solid dosage manufacturing site and distribution facility in Reims, France, a press release announced Friday. “This key acquisition is another important...

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  • Kellogg to Acquire Clean-Label Protein Bar Maker RXBAR

    Delving deeper into the snacks category, Kellogg Company said Friday that it plans to acquire Chicago Bar Company LLC, the maker of America’s fastest growing nutrition bar brand, RXBAR, for $600 million. “RXBAR is a unique and innovative company. Its values, people, and cutting-edge...

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  • Texas Man Dead After Grain Engulfment Accident

    A 54-year-old man died inside a Texas grain silo Wednesday after he was buried by material, several local news organizations reported. The victim, identified as David Amaro, was suspended inside the silo at the Bottlinger Grain Company site in Hamilton, TX by a rope when it gave way and he fell...

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  • Ferrara to Shutter Iowa Gummy Bear Plant, Cut 250 Jobs

    Confectionery firm Ferrara Candy Company intends to shutter its Creston, IA manufacturing plant this coming December, cutting some 250 jobs in the process. The plant produces gummy bears and worms. In a statement sent to the Creston News Advertiser, Ferrara said the age of the Creston facility and...

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  • Purdue to Hold Forum on Digital Issues in Manufacturing

    Purdue University plans to hold a two-day forum entitled “Catching the Digital Wave” from Oct. 17 to 18 in West Lafayette, IN on issues facing manufacturers as digital technologies come into use in production environments. Aimed at industry representatives, academics, and government...

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  • McLane Classic Foods to Build $30M Production Plant

    Soups, sauces and side dishes maker McLane Classic Foods plans to build a 150,000-sq-ft headquarters and manufacturing facility in Burleson, TX, the City of Burleson announced via press release Tuesday. A part of the McLane Group, the firm produces a range of food products for foodservice...

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  • Overheated Auger Bearing Causes Fire in Paper Mill Silo

    Fire officials are eying an overheated auger bearing as the cause of a storage silo fire that broke out Wednesday morning at a Thunder Bay, ON paper mill, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue told media in a press release. Called to the Resolute Forest Products site in Thunder Bay for a structural fire at...

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  • FDA Warns Food Firm Over Use of “Love” in Ingredients Label

    It may make the “world go ‘round,” but apparently “love” is not considered a valid food ingredient in the eyes of America’s federal food safety regulator. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter on Sept. 22 calling out Concord, MA-based...

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