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  • Specialty Ingredients Firm Evolva to Cut 43% of Workforce

    Swiss specialty ingredients firm Evolva plans to reduce its workforce by 43% as part of an overall effort to revamp its operational structure to counter on-going losses, the company announced in a press release Wednesday. The company, which collaborates with American agribusiness Cargill on stevia...

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  • Dow Announces $1 Million Hurricane Harvey Support

    In response to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, The Dow Chemical Co. and The Dow Chemical Company Foundation announced today the allocation of $1 million to support immediate relief and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts associated with the storm and its...

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  • Wyffels Hybrids Invests $23M to Expand Seed Production Plant

    Seed corn provider Wyffels Hybrids is in the process of completing a three-year, $23 million expansion project to upgrade its Atkinson, IL seed production plant, The Quad-City Times reported Tuesday. Slated for completion in 2018, the expanded plant will feature automated production technologies,...

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  • Asahi Kasei to Construct New Plastic Compounds Plant

    The Chinese subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Corporation announced plans to build a new plastic compounds plant in Changshu, China on Aug. 23 to meet increased demand from the country’s automotive industry. “Automobile production in China reached a record high in 2016, and is projected to...

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  • USDA Updates FoodKeeper App for Safety Recall Information

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced updates to its FoodKeeper app on Tuesday, allowing users to select an option that automatically sends notifications of new food safety recalls issued by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the U.S. Food and Drug...

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  • Vulcan Materials Moves to Acquire Polaris Materials

    Construction aggregates producer Vulcan Materials Company announced Monday that a definitive agreement was reached to acquire British Columbia-based aggregates and logistics firm Polaris Materials Company, positioning the company to increase its foothold along the West Coast.   “With...

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  • Bunting Magnetics Names Voorhees Product Manager, Metal Detection Line

    Bunting Magnetics Co. announces the appointment of Barry Voorhees as its product manager over metal detection. Voorhees will manage the growth and profitability of the company’s line of metal detection products by supporting the company’s sales team, identifying new markets and...

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  • ExxonMobil Closes Purchase of Jurong Aromatics Plant

    Houston, TX-based ExxonMobil Chemical Company announced Sunday that its acquisition of one of the world’s largest aromatics plants closed. Initially announced in May, the plant on Jurong Island in Singapore was purchased from the Jurong Aromatics Corporation. The Jurong plant is located...

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  • CSB Issues Safety Alert for Post-Harvey Plant Restarts

    The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) issued a safety alert Monday for oil and chemical facilities impacted by Hurricane Harvey in the U.S. Gulf Coast region, suggesting that firms act with caution as they start up plants idled during the storm. “We urge facilities to...

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  • OSHA Changes Policies on Workplace Fatality Data

    America’s federal workplace safety watchdog may disclose fewer details on worker fatalities following a series of changes that shifts the way the agency handles data on the incidents. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) erased information...

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