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  • Dow Plans Expansion of Propionic Acid Plant in Texas

    Citing rising demand from food, animal feed, and grain producers, the Dow Chemical Company’s Industrial Solutions unit plans to expand its propionic acid plant in Texas City, TX by 2019, a press release announced Monday. Propionic acid is used as a food preservative and to prevent the growth...

  • Ingredion Names New President of Asia Pacific Unit

    Global ingredient solutions firm Ingredion named Valdirene Bastos Licht as its new senior vice president and president of Asia Pacific and an officer of the company, the Westchester, IL company announced Monday. Overseeing financial and operational management of Ingredion’s Asia Pacific unit...

  • Shaw Invests $184M in Alabama Fiber Production Plant

    Flooring manufacturer Shaw Industries Inc. announced an investment of $184 million to expand and upgrade its fiber manufacturing facility in Andalusia, AL on Tuesday, according to a Alabama Department of Commerce press release. “These investments will ensure the long-term viability of this...

  • BASF Joint Venture Opens $164M Automotive Coatings Plant

    A joint venture between BASF and Shanghai Huayi Chemical Co., Ltd. officially inaugurated a new automotive coatings factory in Shanghai, China that will serve the automotive industry in the country and the Asia Pacific region, the German chemicals firm announced Monday. An expansion of an existing...

  • Conveying Equipment Booked Orders Increase 40%

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its October 2017 booked orders increased 40.3% when compared to October 2016 orders. When compared to September 2017, October 2017 booked orders were down 18.3%. October booked orders were down 24.2% for Bulk Handling Equipment...

  • Dust Collector Explosion Injures 4 at Vermont Plant

    An outdoor dust collector exploded at the UTC Aerospace Systems plant in Vergennes, VT on Dec. 8, injuring four workers inside the facility, emergency response officials told local news organizations. A spokesperson for Charlotte, NC-based UTC Aerospace Systems told the Burlington Free Press that...

  • Tyson Ups Stake in Plant-Based Protein Firm Beyond Meat

    America’s biggest meat producer, Tyson Foods, increased its stake in Beyond Meat, a maker of plant-based protein food products, during the startups most recent round of fundraising, the Springdale, AR company announced in a Dec. 7 press release. “Global demand for all protein remains...

  • ADM to Divest from Bolivian Oilseeds Business

    American agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) plans to sell its Bolvian oilseeds business to Inversiones Piuranas S.A., including its processing facility in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, nine grain silos, and ADM’s distrubtion business in the country, the Chicago-based firm announced...

  • Didion Rebuffs OSHA Citations After Fatal Dust Explosion

    The operator of a dry corn mill in Cambria, WI cited by U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an explosion that killed five and injured 12 in May filed an appeal to challenge the agency’s ruling and proposed fine of $1.8 million, a...

  • Vortex Obtains ISO 9001:2015 Certification

    In November 2017, Vortex was certified to the ISO 9001:2015 standard. Previously, Vortex was certified under the ISO 9001:2008 standard, and has been ISO-certified for more than 10 years. ISO 9001 is an international standard that specifies requirements for a management system. By gaining ISO 9001...