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  • Study Reveals Views on “Unacceptable” Food Ingredients

    High-fructose corn syrup, MSG and titanium dioxide are the top “unacceptable” ingredients that American consumers attempt to avoid making food purchases across a range of categories, according to a study released by food ingredients manufacturer Kerry Group. Examining consumer...

  • DowDuPont Executive Chairman to Step Down

    The current executive chairman of DowDuPont Inc. Andrew N. Liveris is set to step down from his role this April 1 and retire as the company prepares to separate itself into independent spin off businesses, the Midland, MI-based firm announced via press release Monday. Jeff Fettig, presently the co...

  • Overheated Bearing Eyed as Cause of Grain Elevator Blast

    Fire officials posited that an overheated bearing in a leg was likely the cause of an explosion Wednesday at an Illinois grain elevator, several local news organizations reported. Crews were called to the Topflight Grain Cooperative Inc. elevator in Beason, IL at about 4 p.m. after an area...

  • Silo Collapse Kills Worker at Tennessee Flooring Plant

    A man died Saturday afternoon Hardwood flooring production facility in Jackson City, TN after a silo collapsed, various local news organizations reported. The worker was cleaning inside the silo at the Q.E.P. Co. Inc. plant when about 30 ft of saw dust fell onto him. Rescue crews were called to...

  • Chemical Explodes During Batch Mixing at Ohio Plant

    Workers at an Ohio production plant were briefly evacuated last Monday after static electricity sparked an explosion in a mixing vessel, several local news organizations reported. Firefighters were called to the Mar-Flex Waterproofing and Building Products facility in Carlisle, OH at about 10:30 a....

  • Preferred Sands Opens Frac Sand Mine in Texas

    Silica sand and polymeric proppants provider Preferred Sands recently opened its first frac sand mine in Poteet, TX as part of the company’s shift away from Northern White sand, the firm said in a Feb. 28 press release. Planned to produce 3 million tn of finished goods annually, the...

  • Chemical Plant Explosions Leave 3 Dead, 15 Injured

    About 5000 liters of solvent in 25 drums exploded and caused a fire at a chemical plant close to Mumbai, India Thursday night, leaving three people dead and 15 with injuries, numerous Indian news organizations reported. The blasts occurred at the Novephene Specialties facility, located at Boisar...

  • Pitt, Lubrizol Collaborate on New Process Technology

    Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) and chemical producer Lubrizol are teaming up in an $8 million effort to research new chemical process technologies over the next four years, the university announced Thursday. “The focus is on novel process technology, i.e. our goal is to...

  • Conveyor Systems Maker QC Industries Bought by Duravant

    Process equipment manufacturer Duravant is expanding its portfolio of in-process conveying products with the acquisition of Cincinnati, OH-based conveyor systems maker QC Industries, the Downers Grove, IL firm announced in a press release Thursday. “QC Industries has done an incredible job...

  • Hexion Upgrades Proppant Production Plant in Canada

    An expansion of specialty chemicals and performance materials firm Hexion Inc.’s resin coated proppant production plant in Canada was recently completed, boosting the site’s manufacturing capacity and its logistics assets, a company press release announced Tuesday. Run by The Oilfield...