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  • Man Loses Foot in Screw Conveyor at Meat Processing Plant

    A 59-year-old worker lost a foot after a machinery-related accident early Tuesday at the Oakey Beef Exports meat processing plant in Oakey, Queensland, Australia, local media reports said.   A company official said the worker’s foot was cut off by screw conveyor at the site at about...

  • Food Firm J.M. Smucker to Sell U.S. Baking Unit

    Well-known American baking brands like Pillsbury and Hungry Jack will soon come under the ownership of two private equity firms after American food and beverage manufacturer J.M. Smucker Company agreed to shed its U.S. baking business, the Orrville, OH-based firm announced Monday. The sale of the...

  • 65 Firefighters Battle Dust Collector Fire at Wis. Plant

    A dust collector fire at a Lake Dalton, WI wood products and furniture plant on Monday afternoon drew more than 65 firefighters from 11 fire departments, local news reports said. Crews made their way to the Waterman Log Crafters facility at about 1:30 p.m. after heat activated a box alarm, Madison...

  • New Dust Filter Material Created from Nanofibers

    A team of researchers at Stanford University have developed a new nanofiber filtration material with flame retardant qualities that may eventually replace filters made of woven fabrics in dust filtration systems used in industrial processes and energy production.   The team’s research...

  • MHS Acquires Equipment Makers A2i Systems and VanRiet

    Systems integrator Material Handling Systems Inc. completed its acquisition of integration and equipment providers A2i Systems (A2i) and VanRiet Material Handling Systems, the Louisville, KY firm announced on Monday “Our vision is to create a best-in-class provider of automated technology...

  • Investment Firm Buys Fruit Snack Maker Queen City Candy

    Dallas, TX-based private investment firm Highlander Partners LP further expanded its investments in the confectionery space with the acquisition of gummy vitamin, fruit snack, and jelly candy maker Queen City Candy Inc. (QCC), a July 6 press release announced. “We believe in the opportunity...

  • New CSB Document on Process Unit Startups and Shutdowns

    A new document outlining the safety concerns surrounding process unit startups and shutdowns was recently published by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) to help operators prevent process safety incidents. The CSB’s paper, “Safety Digest: CSB Investigations...

  • 2 Workers Injured in Texas Chemical Plant Fire

    Two workers were injured in a fire early Monday morning at the Fritz Industries chemical plant in Mesquite, TX, local news organizations reported. Firefighters made their way to the facility at about 1 a.m., discovering the blaze in a warehouse at the chemical manufacturing facility. Employees...

  • Dow Chemical to Pay $1.75 Million for Failing to Report Ex-CEO's Perks

    The Dow Chemical Co. will pay $1.75 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for failing to disclose about $3 million in perks it provided to ex-CEO Andrew Liveris. Now merged with DuPont, the Midland, MI-based company also agreed to hire a consultant to make sure it is complying...

  • Fareva to Acquire Avon’s Last U.S. Beauty Products Plant

    Beauty products maker New Avon LLC is poised to shed its sole remaining manufacturing plant in the U.S. to French pharmaceuticals and cosmetics firm Fareva Group, according to a report Friday by the Wall Street Journal. Tournon-sur-Rhone, France-based Fareva will acquire the 500,000-sq-ft...