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  • ND Farmer Group Invests $500K in Soybean Processing Plant

    The North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) is investing $500,000 in a project spearheaded by agricultural cooperative Minnesota Soybean Processors to build a new soybean crushing facility and refinery project in Spiritwood, ND, the farm organization announced Monday. “Having a commodity...

  • Clemens Food Group to Open $250M Pork Processing Plant

    Representatives from the Clemens Food Group and local and state officials gathered Saturday in Coldwater, MI to mark the commissioning of a new $250 million fresh pork processing plant, various local news organizations reported. Once fully open, the 550,000-sq-ft facility will have a processing...

  • Fertilizer Plant Fire Forces Evacuations, Shelter Orders

    A fire broke out Saturday morning at a chemical plant in Alabama that produces sulfur-based fertilizers, forcing authorities to evacuate the facility and issue stay-in-place orders impacting hundreds of residents as heavy smoke filled the area. The blaze was sparked in a warehouse at the Tiger-Sul...

  • PBS Releases Belt Conveyor Injury Hazards Report

    Dry processing and bulk handling technology publication Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) released a report identifying the causes and types of common nonfatal injuries among workers who use belt conveyor equipment. PBS’ document also includes a list of suggestions from safety regulators to...

  • Sealing Equipment Maker Gramatech Acquired by IMPAK

    Sealing equipment maker Gramatech was acquired by IMPAK Corporation, a provider of custom-built sealing equipment and innovative packaging solutions, Los Angeles-based IMPAK announced via press release Thursday. “One of the more valuable things that Gramatech brings to the table is a 20...

  • Industry Reacts to Halt of OSHA Combustible Dust Rulemaking

    In the wake of news that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) rulemaking process for combustible dust regulations in general industry is indefinitely halted, industry organizations, equipment makers, and end users have...

  • Hormel Foods to Invest $132M in Wichita Plant Expansion

    Multinational food and meat products maker Hormel Foods plans to invest $132 million in the expansion of its Dold Foods bacon production in Wichita, KS and hire about 350 staff, the Mayor of Wichita announced to local reporters Thursday. “This is a big investment by a company that recognizes...

  • “Dust Explosion,” Fire Injures Worker at Pet Food Plant

    A worker was injured after an explosion and fire Wednesday night in the bag house of 3D Idapro Solutions’ dehydration plant in Stanfield, OR, several local media outlets reported Thursday. The city manager of Stanfield said in a report by local NBC News affiliate KNDU that the firm told him...

  • FDI in India’s Food Processing Sector Accelerates

    Foreign direct investment in India’s food processing sector reached $727 million in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, representing a 40% jump over the previous year, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal said at an event in Hyderabad on Thursday. $183 million was...

  • Ingredients and Additives Firm Sensient Expands to Morocco

    Milwaukee, WI-based colors, flavors, and fragrances manufacturer Sensient Technologies Corporation established a subsidiary in Morocco to serve customers in the country’s agriculture, food, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries, numerous Moroccan news outlets reported this week. The...