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  • BASF Opens $22.5M Personal Care Additives Plant in China

    German chemical giant BASF held an inauguration ceremony on June 2 to mark the opening of its new cosmetics and skin care additives manufacturing plant in Shanghai, China in a move signaling the firm’s intent to grow in the country’s personal care products market. “With more...

  • ADM Plans to Construct New Flour Mill in Illinois

    American agribusiness firm Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) plans to erect a new flour mill in Mendota, IL as part of a $250 million wave on investments by the firm in the Midwestern state, according to an ADM press release dated June 2. ADM said the new mill will enable the company to respond...

  • Explosion Rocks Grain Bins at Co-op in Iowa

    An explosion rocked a co-op in Dunkerton, IA on Thursday afternoon, blowing the roof off of a grain bin at the site, several local news organizations reported. Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion at the Dunkerton Co-op at about 4 p.m. The Black Hawk County Sheriff told NBC News...

  • Purdue to Host Workshop on Grain Dust Explosion Prevention

    Purdue Extension is offering workshops for farmers and grain handling facility employees on June 21 and 22 to foster understanding of grain dust hazards and steps to prevent combustions and explosions. “On average, there are 10 grain dust explosions every year in the United States, causing...

  • Report: Frito-Lay Potato Chip Plant Evacuated After Fire

    A fire broke out at a Frito Lay potato chip manufacturing plant in Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday, prompting the evacuation of about 200 employees working at the site, local news organizations reported. Officials told local NBC News affiliate WCNC that the blaze started in a potato chip fryer’s...

  • Cargill Acquires Columbian Meat Firm Pollos El Bucanero

    Global agribusiness Cargill marked its first entrance into the Columbian protein market with the acquisition of Pollos El Bucanero S.A., a major local producer of chicken and processed meat products, the Minneapolis, MN-based company announced Thursday. “Cargill is starting a new stage in...

  • Corn Mill Explosion in Wisconsin Kills Three, Injures 11

    Three workers were killed and about 11 others were injured after an explosion at a Cambria, WI corn mill Wednesday night. The explosion occurred at the Didion Milling Plant in Cambria at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, prompting the response of several neighboring fire and police departments. Cambria...

  • Endress+Hauser Invests $17M in U.S. Manufacturing Sites

    Measurement engineering and process automation firm Endress+Hauser recently invested about $17 million in the expansion of a manufacturing facility and the construction of a new production plant in the United States, boosting the company’s production of temperature measurement solutions and...

  • Schwan’s to Acquire Frozen Pizza Maker MaMa Rosa’s

    America’s leading frozen food firm, Schwan’s Company, finalized terms to acquire frozen pizza manufacturer MaMa Rosa’s Pizza LLC, the Bloomington, MN-based company announced by press release Wednesday. “We are extremely excited to have MaMa Rosa’s join the Schwan...

  • OSHA Fines Steel Maker $279K for Machine Hazards and Lead

    A Youngstown, OH-based steel manufacturer was issued fines totaling $279,578 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an investigation revealed machine hazards and high levels of lead at a facility that posed risks to workers, the agency...