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  • Premier Tech Investing $7M in Equipment Plant Expansion

    Provider of material handling and packaging equipment Premier Tech is investing $7 million in the capacity expansion of one of its Riviere-du-Loup, QC manufacturing plants in response to increased demand in the Americas for the firm’s automated packaging systems, the company announced...

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  • NIOSH Debuts Dust Exposure Assessment Software for Mines

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) released a new version of its Enhanced Video Analysis of Dust Exposures (EVADE) software to provide a comprehensive view of dust, diesel, and gas exposure hazards facing miners, the...

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  • CEMOI Group Buys U.S. Molded Chocolate Maker Chris Candies

    French chocolate manufacturer CEMOI Group acquired Chris Candies Inc., a Pittsburgh, PA-based maker of molded chocolate products, a report by FoodIngredientsFirst.com said Monday. The French firm said Chris Candies’ products align with recent healthy eating trends, as the company has the...

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  • tna Acquires Australian Confectionery Equipment Supplier

    Food industry packaging and processing equipment maker tna is acquiring NID Pty Ltd, an Australian provider of confectionery equipment that is considered a pioneer in the development of starch molding equipment, the Sydney, Australia company announced Monday. The purchase will give tna access to...

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  • Animal Feed Manufacturer Fined After Valve Claims Finger

    A producer of animal feed in the UK was fined after a worker’s finger became trapped in an uncovered slide valve, causing a severe injury that required an amputation, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s workplace health and safety regulator, announced Feb. 28. The 64-...

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  • Spark Detection System Stops Dust Collector Fire

    A dust collector fire at an Indiana wood office furniture manufacturer was prevented from spreading when a spark detection and extinguishing system kicked in, quelling the growing blaze, the Dubois County [IA] Herald reported. Responding to a call of a possible dust collector fire at the Jasper...

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  • Meat Packaging Pouch Demand to Grow 5.3% Annually

    Demand for pouches used in meat packaging is forecast to climb 5.3% per year to $220 million in 2021, with unit gains expected to advance 3% per year to 1.6 billion units. Above average gains will be driven by the growing preference for products that make meal preparation more convenient. These and...

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  • PepsiCo to Close Walkers Snacks Factory in UK

    380 jobs may be cut when PepsiCo closes its Walkers Snacks manufacturing plant at Peterlee in the UK by the end of 2018, numerous news media organizations reported Wednesday. 355 manufacturing positions and 25 in transport roles will be impacted by the American firm’s decision. “In...

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  • Play-Doh Manufacturing Will Return to U.S. Under Hasbro Plan

    Production of the popular children’s modelling compound Play-Doh is slated to return to the U.S. for the first time since 2004 under a new plan initiated by the brand’s owner Hasbro Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported last week. “Given the growth of our North American business...

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  • Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations in 2016

    A list of the top 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was released for the fiscal year of 2016, composed from data on about 32,000 inspections conducted by the agency. “One...

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