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  • Merck Opens $188M Drug Manufacturing Plant in China

    International pharmaceutical company Merck, one of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, opened its biggest manufacturing facility outside of Europe – a new, $188 million manufacturing plant in Nantong, China – on Nov. 4, according to a report Monday from the English-language...

  • Duravant Acquires Packaging Machinery Manufacturer Arpac

    Downers Grove, IL-based equipment manufacturer Duravant announced the acquisition of Arpac, an end-of-line packaging machinery and solutions provider headquartered in Schller Park, IL, in a Nov. 2 press release. Serving the food processing, packaging, and material handling sectors, Duravant said...

  • Rice Lake Weighing Systems Acquires Dini Argeo

    Rice Lake Weighing Systems, an international weighing industry leader, announces the acquisition of Dini Argeo, an Italian manufacturer and distributor of weighing solutions since the mid-1800s. Dini Argeo is a family-owned, premier brand in the European weighing industry, specializing in the...

  • Processing Plant Explosion Injures Two

    Two employees were hospitalized after an explosion at Jamaica Broilers processing facility in St. Catherine, Jamaica November 6. According to the company, the incident occurred at about 2pm (local) at the Best Dressed Chicken further processing facility. The injuries were not considered...

  • USDA Seeks Nominations for Ag Trade Advisory Committees

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the United States Trade Representatives (USTR) are considering nominations for new members to serve on its agricultural trade advisory committees, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman...

  • Landus Coop Finishes $27M Soybean Processing Plant Expansion

    One of North America’s largest grain storage companies, Landus Cooperative, recently completed a $27 million capacity expansion at its SoyPlus soybean processing plant in Ralston, IA, according to an announcement from the Ames, IA-based company Oct. 31. Originally announced in Jun. 2015 as a...

  • 9000 Manufacturing Jobs Cut from U.S. Workforce in Oct.

    9000 positons in manufacturing were cut from the American workforce this October, marking the third straight month of job declines in the sector, according to the latest employment situation report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Friday. Overall, U...

  • Saint-Gobain Acquiring Singapore-Based Mortar Company

    The Mortars business of French multinational Saint-Gobain’s Construction Products unit is acquiring Singapore-based E-Mix, a provider of mortars and dry mixes in the southeast Asia region, for about $115.7 million, according to press release issued Friday. “The acquisition is in line...

  • Teijin Buys Land to Build Carbon Fiber Plant in SC

    Japanese technology company Teijin Ltd announced Friday that it has acquired 440 acres of commercial land in Greenwood, South Carolina to build a carbon fiber production site for automotive and aerospace applications. The company will invest about $600 million in the Greenwood site by 2030, the...

  • Nestlé Health Science Invests in Aimmune Therapeutics

    Nestlé Health Science announced that it will make an equity investment of $145 million in U.S.-based Aimmune Therapeutics, which corresponds to a 15% stake after completion of the transaction. The parties also entered into a strategic collaboration to accelerate the development of...