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  • Hopper Fire Causes Dust Explosion at Virginia Plant

    A fire caused by a dust explosion in a hopper at the Federal-Mogul Powertrain factory in Blacksburg, VA on Tuesday morning caused an estimated $2500 in damages and forced the plant to shut down while 124 employees were evacuated, multiple news organizations reported. Firefighters responded to an...

  • Lenzing Building $293M Bio-Based Fiber Factory in Alabama

    Austrian fiber, textile and polymer producer Lenzing AG announced plans Tuesday to build a new $293 million fiber production plant in Mobile, AL to produce a bio-based fiber made from woodchips called TENCEL. When the plant becomes operational in 2019, the facility will have a production capacity...

  • Advantech Manufacturing Obtains ISO 9001:2015 Certification

    Advantech Manufacturing Inc., New Berlin, WI, was recently awarded its ISO 9001:2015 certificate from Verisys Registrars. The certificate affirms the company’s operation and quality management systems adhere to requirements as set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (...

  • GM Investing $552M in Four Key U.S. Manufacturing Sites

    As the United States discusses the future of the country’s manufacturing sector following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, American auto maker General Motors (GM) announced plans Wednesday invest $552 million in four key U.S. manufacturing sites in New York state and Ohio. “GM...

  • Monsanto Shareholders Approve Proposed Bayer Merger

    Shareholders of Monsanto Company, approved a proposed merger with Bayer AG at a special shareholders meeting in St. Louis, the St. Louis based agriculture giant announced by press release on Tuesday. “We are pleased we received such strong support from our shareowners,” said Hugh Grant...

  • Conagra Faces Largest Fine in U.S. Food Safety History

    An executive representing a subsidiary of Conagra Brands, formerly known as ConAgra Foods, pled guilty to a criminal misdemeanor Tuesday at a federal court in Georgia in a case relating to a 2006 salmonella outbreak in Peter Pan peanut butter that caused hundreds of illnesses across the country,...

  • Global Hybrid Seeds Market to Reach $57B by 2022

    A new market forecast by research firm Markets and Markets predicts that the global market for hybrid seeds will climb from an estimated $33.91 billion in 2016 to $57.19 billion in 2022, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.10% during the period, the research firm announced in a...

  • Largest U.S. Sugar Storage Facility to Begin Operations

    A $44 million bulk sugar storage and transfer facility near Chicago built by the American Crystal Sugar Company – said to be the largest sugar storage facility in the United States – will be operational by mid-December, the Willmar, MN-based West Central Tribune reported Monday. The 20...

  • Material Handling Equipment Investments to Grow in 2017

    Investments in material handling equipment in the United States are expected to grow from 3% to 8% over the next four quarters, a new report by the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation and Keybridge Research released Monday said. Material handling equipment investments were up by 0.9% annual...

  • OSHA Fines Poultry Processor $39K After Finger Amputation

    The Selbyville, DE poultry processing facility of Mountaire Farms Inc. was issued five serious safety violations on Dec. 2 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after the agency investigated the amputation of a worker’s finger during the...