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  • Kellogg May Cut 1000 Jobs Under New Distribution Plan

    In the wake of an announcement by Kellogg Co. issued Wednesday outlining plans to close the food company’s direct store delivery (DSD) network of 39 distribution centers, the Battle Creek [MI] Enquirer reported Thursday that some 1,170 jobs may be cut as a result. Kellogg Co. said it will...

  • Firm Fined $53K for Worker Conveyor Belt Injury

    After it was found guilty of violating workplace health and safety regulations, a Mississauga, ON logistics firm faces CN$70,000, or about $53,389 USD, in fines for its role in a 2012 incident where a worker was seriously injured by a moving conveyor belt at its Mississauga facility, the provincial...

  • Explosion at LA Paper Mill Kills 3, Injures 7 Others

    An explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America paper mill DeRidder, LA on Wednesday morning killed three workers and injured seven others, numerous local media organizations reported. “At approximately 11:10 a.m. CST, Wednesday, February 8th, there was an explosion at our DeRidder, LA...

  • GE Plans to Hire 5000 More Female STEM Workers by 2020

    General Electric (GE) announced a plan to hire 5000 women in STEM roles by 2020 on Wednesday as the Boston-headquartered company published a white paper pointing out threats to manufacturing and technology in the coming years if more women do not enter STEM-related jobs. “Technology and...

  • Firm Admits Regulatory Lapses in 2014 Grain Silo Death Case

    Larchwood Foods at Hall Farm pled guilty to one charge of breaching safety and health regulations in a hearing at a U.K. court over the 2014 grain engulfment death of a worker, the Eastern Daily Press of Norwich, England reported Feb. 8. 21-year-old Arthur Mason, a university student who was...

  • WellPet Acquires Dutch Dental Dog Chew Brand WHIMZEES

    Natural pet food company WellPet LLC acquired WHIMZEES, a brand of natural dental dog chews manufactured by Paragon Pet Products in Veendam, Netherlands, the Tewksbury, MA-based company announced Tuesday. The dog chews are made with healthy ingredients from natural sources and feature patented...

  • Ontario Gov’t Invests $442K in Cargill Plant Tech Upgrade

    The provincial government of Ontario is investing CN$582,000, or about $442,000 USD, to support the installation of a CN$3.5 million value-added protein process technology at Cargill’s beef processing facility in Guelph, ON, the province’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural...

  • Silo Grain Fire Strikes Pilgrim’s Pride Mill in Texas

    Firefighters had to “get creative” to extinguish a grain fire in a 70-ft high silo at the Pilgrim’s Pride Corp feed mill in Pittsburg, TX Tuesday morning, deploying a variety of methods to put out the flames, local ABC news affiliate KLTV in Tyler, TX reported on Feb. 7. The...

  • KWS Manufacturing Receives Pressure Vessel Repair Recertification

    KWS Manufacturing Company, Ltd, one of the largest screw conveyor manufacturers in North America, has received recertification from the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors to repair pressure vessels. The National Board Inspection Code (NBIC) is an internationally recognized...

  • Conveyor Belt, Sawdust Fire Breaks Out at B.C. Sawmill

    Officials are eying overheated bearings as the cause of a conveyor belt fire at the Canfor sawmill in Fort St. John, B.C. on Monday night, according to a report by news website EnergeticCity.ca posted Tuesday. The Charlie Lake and Fort St. Johns fire departments were dispatched to the scene after...