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  • Firm Fined $57K After Worker Scalped by Conveyor Belt

    A court in Australia ordered a fruit packing firm to pay a fine of AUD$72,000, or about $57,000, after a 22-year-old woman was scalped and lost an ear in a 2015 accident involving a conveyor belt, the Shepparton News reported. The woman, identified as Annie Dunne, worked at Kalafatis Packing Pty...

  • Fire Ignites in Chemical Mixing Area at Connecticut Plant

    Fire crews allowed a fire in a chemical mixing area at the Nalas Engineering plant in Essex, CT to burn itself out on Monday afternoon, local news organizations reported. Responding to the facility at about 1:30 p.m., firefighters found the flames were limited to the mixing area, Connecticut State...

  • Purina-Owned Pet Product Makers Form New Organization

    Two pet specialty products makers owned by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Zuke’s Pet Nutrition and Merrick Pet Care Inc., will combine forces to form a new pet specialty-focused organization, according to a Jan. 11 press release issued by Merrick. Durango, CO-based Zuke’s, a producer...

  • Global Food Ingredients Firm Tate & Lyle Names New CEO

    London-based global food ingredients firm Tate & Lyle PLC named its current Chief Financial Officer and board member Nick Hampton as the company’s new chief executive officer effective April 1, a press release announced Monday. Javed Ahmen, serving as the firm’s CEO since October...

  • Firefighters Respond to Hopper Fire at Colorado Factory

    A hopper used to collect metal dust and shavings caught fire at a Colorado Springs, CO manufacturing plant Friday, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said in a tweet. Firefighters responded to the Western Forge facility after receiving a report of fire at about 3:15 p.m., working for about 45...

  • Rescue Crews Free Man Trapped in Mixer at Pretzel Factory

    Rescue personnel responded to the Wege Pretzel Company manufacturing plant in Hanover, PA after a man’s hand became trapped in a piece of mixing equipment, the Hanover Evening Sun reported Thursday. The man was working with a flour mixer when he put his hand inside the equipment to remove...

  • Nestle Sheds Violet Crumble Brand to Robern Menz

    Adelaide, Australia-based Robern Menz (Mfg) Pty Ltd entered into an agreement with Nestle Australia Ltd to acquire the Violet Crumble chocolate brand and related intellectual property, manufacturing facility, and equipment, Nestle announced in a press release Thursday. Violet Crumble is a...

  • Bühler Buys Cookie and Confectionery Equipment Maker Haas

    Global wafer, cookie, and confectionery production equipment maker The Haas Group was recently acquired by the Bühler Group, expanding the Swiss technology firm’s offerings in its Consumer Foods product portfolio. “We are opening a new chapter in the Consumer Food market, and we...

  • Mohawk Industries to Open $10M Extrusion Compounding Line

    Residential and commercial flooring products maker Mohawk Industries Inc. plans to invest $10 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Glasgow, VA, including a new extrusion compounding line, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday in a press release. “Mohawk Industries...

  • Sulzer Completes Acquisition of JWC Environmental

    Sulzer announces that it has completed the acquisition of JWC Environmental LLC (JWC). JWC is a leading provider of highly engineered, mission-critical solids reduction and removal products such as grinders, screens, and dissolved air flotation system for municipal, industrial and commercial...