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  • Anonymous Tip Alleges Valve Caused Explosion at PCA Plant

    As an investigation into the cause of a Feb. 8 explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) paper mill in DeRidder, LA that killed three workers and injured seven others continues, an anonymous tipper told the Beauregard Daily News that no signs of fire have been discovered at the plant...

  • Utah Flour Mill Evacuated After 2-Alarm Fire Breaks Out

    13 employees were evacuated from the Gilt Edge Flour Mill in Richmond, UT on Tuesday afternoon after a two-alarm fire broke out sending smoke through the facility’s ventilator system, The Herald Journal of Logan UT reported. Area firefighters responded to the scene at about 2 p.m., finding...

  • Tyson Foods Names New Senior Leadership Team

    Following what Tyson Foods called its “most successful quarter in company history,” the Springdale, AK food company announced that a new 10-member senior leadership team will be put into action to continue the trend of growth, a press release announced Tuesday. “These important...

  • U.S. Manufacturers Spent $181B on New Equipment in 2015

    Manufacturers led U.S. businesses in capital expenditures for structures and equipment in 2015, investing $239.6 billion that year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2015 Annual Capital Expenditures Study released on Feb. 8. Used equipment investments totaled $5.7 billion that year. In...

  • SOCMA Welcomes Helminiak as Managing Director of Government Relations

    The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) welcomes Robert F. Helminiak as managing director of government relations, where he will lead the association's advocacy efforts on issues impacting the specialty chemical industry. "We are thrilled to welcome Robby to...

  • Honeywell, Seeq Collaborate to Help Customers

    Honeywell and Seeq announced they will collaborate as part of the Honeywell Connected Plant initiative to help process manufacturers leverage data and insights in their operations. This joint development agreement will help customers minimize unplanned shutdowns, maximize output, minimize safety...

  • U.S. Grain Dust Explosions Fell to 10-Year Low in 2016

    The United States saw the lowest number of grain dust explosions in 10 years, though two of the blasts led to the first reported fatalities since 2013, a report by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering released Monday said. Five grain dust explosions were...

  • Report Disputes Automation’s Role in U.S. Manufacturing Job Loss

    A new report by a technology policy think tank challenges the notion that automation and productivity increases were the catalyst for manufacturing job losses in the U.S. during the early 2000s, placing blame instead on “unfair” trade policies and America’s lack of competitiveness...

  • $240M Soybean Processing Plant Planned in Spiritwood, ND

    North Dakota Soybean Processors (NDSP), a subsidiary of Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) is planning to construct a $240 million integrated soybean crush facility and refinery in Spiritwood, ND, a Feb. 8 announcement made by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and the companies said. The facility,...

  • Croatian Food Processing Firm Debuts Salt Alternative

    As global health organizations call for dramatic reductions in salt consumption to curb health issues, Croatian food processing firm Podravka introduced a new salt replacement ingredient that contains 35% less sodium than traditional table salt, the company announced by press release on Feb. 10....