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  • Firm Fined $74K After Screw Conveyor Crushes Man’s Hand

    A manufacturer of fragrance and flavor solutions Symrise Ltd. was ordered by a British court to pay a fine for violations of occupational safety laws after a worker’s hand was crushed while cleaning near a screw conveyor, Britain’s occupational safety regulator, the Health and Safety...

  • Tyson Halts Controversial Plans for New Processing Plant

    American meat products producer Tyson Foods Inc. is shelving plans to build a $320 million poultry processing plant in Tonganoxie, KS after public outrage surrounding the project prompted local and state officials to speak out against it. The Springdale, AR-based firm sent an open letter to the...

  • $40M Grain Terminal Opens in South Dakota

    A ceremony was held to mark the opening of Dakota Plains Ag Center LLC’s new, $40 million grain terminal in Yankton, SD on Sept. 7, completing a 17-month period of planning and construction, the West Fargo Pioneer reported Monday. The site contains six silos with a combined storage capacity...

  • Solvay Sheds Polyamides Business in $1.9B Sale to BASF

    Brussels, Belgium-based chemicals firm Solvay signed an agreement with BASF to shed its polyamides business, a BASF press release announced Tuesday. Priced at €1.6 billion, or about $1.9 billion, the transaction is projected to close by the third quarter of 2018. Solvay's polyamides...

  • Worker Injured by Equipment at NJ Food Processing Plant

    A worker at the Eatem Foods Company plant in Vineland, NJ received injuries to a hand and arm last Sunday after becoming caught in a piece of food processing equipment, according to several local news organizations. Responding to the plant at about 8:45 a.m., fire crews worked for an hour to free...

  • Conveying Equipment Orders up 160%

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its July 2017 booked orders increased 160.1% when compared to July 2016 orders. When compared to June 2017, July 2017 booked orders were up 49.1%. July booked orders were down 13.8% for bulk handling equipment and up 70...

  • Cavendish Farms Breaks Ground on $293M Processing Plant

    Potato products producer Cavendish Farms broke ground on a new frozen potato processing plant in Lethbridge, AB, Alberta’s provincial government announced by press release Monday. Slated for completion in mid-2019, the firm is investing CAD$360 million, or about $293 million, in the project...

  • Kent Nutrition Kicks Off $37M Feed Mill Expansion Project

    Animal feed producer Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) held a ceremony on Sept. 14 to break ground on a $37 million expansion project of its feed mill in Sheldon, IA, the company announced by press release. Operated by a subsidiary, Deluxe Feeds Inc., the 20-month project is expected to be completed by...

  • CSB Issues Final Report on 2016 ExxonMobil Refinery Fire

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board issued a safety bulletin on a fire at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, LA on Nov. 22, 2016 that said the company failed to ensure that written procedures and training were provided prior to the incident. Released at a public business meeting in Washington D.C...

  • Albis Plastics Corp. Opens New Compounding Plant in SC

    The American subsidiary of German firm Albis Plastic GmbH officially inaugurated a new compounding plant in Duncan, SC on Aug. 31, Sugar Land, TX-based Albis Plastics Corporation announced in early September. “With this new manufacturing plant, we are delivering on our promise to support our...