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  • Dust Eyed as Cause of MGI Grain Processing Plant Blast

    An explosion and fire at an MGI Grain processing plant and elevator in East Grand Forks, MN on Wednesday caused extensive damages as firefighters worked to put out the flames in frigid weather conditions. Emergency crews responded to the plant at about 7 p.m. after two workers heard a blast in the...

  • Kice Names New Technical Sales Manager

    Kice Industries announced the appointment of Wade Hosman as its Technical Sales Manager, based out of Stuttgart, AR in a press release Thursday. In this role, Hosman oversee sales throughout the Southeast territory and provide support for this customer base for the diverse product lines offered by...

  • Cargill Acquires Pet Food Manufacturer Pro-Pet

    American agribusiness Cargill recently entered into an agreement to acquire Ohio-based private label and co-manufactured pet food maker Pro-Pet LLC, positioning Cargill as America’s sole supplier of both animal feed and pet food in the agricultural retail sector, the Minneapolis, MN...

  • K-State Offers Bulk Solids Flow Property Testing

    The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center in Salina, KS now offers testing services for bulk solids flow properties and bulk solids properties for pneumatic conveying, the research institution announced Thursday. Testing of bulk solids flow properties will provide firms with the...

  • CSB Offers Tips to Prevent Inadvertent Chemical Mixing

    A new case study by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), “Key Lessons for Preventing Inadvertent Mixing During Chemical Unloading Operations,’ examines factors that led to an Oct. 2016 chemical release at a MGPI processing plant in Atchison, KS and offers guidance on how to prevent...

  • Key Technology Appoints Senior Director of North America Sales

    Key Technology announces the appointment of Ray Kramer to the position of senior director of North America sales. Kramer is responsible for managing Key’s sales organization in the U.S. and Canada to bring the company’s digital sorters, conveying solutions, and process automation...

  • Chaney Enterprises Acquires Ready-Mix Concrete Plant in VA

    Construction material supplier Chaney Enterprises acquired a ready-mix concrete plant in Bealeton, VA from Lehigh Hanson, the Gambrills, MD-based company announced in a Dec. 29 press release. The Bealeton facility is one of 18 concrete plants owned by Chaney across Virginia, Delaware, and Maryland...

  • Plant Fined $92K After Worker Loses Finger to Conveyor

    A Pasco, WA food processing plant was cited for occupational safety violations and issued $92,400 in fines by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) after a worker’s finger was amputated by a conveyor belt, the state agency announced in a Dec. 27 press release....

  • Dust Explosion, Fire Destroys Minnesota Grain Elevator

    An explosion at a Northrop, MN grain elevator on Dec. 28 blew off the top section of the structure, scattering debris that caused damages to nearby buildings and vehicles, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office told local media. Reported at about noon, the explosion occurred at the LB Pork site...

  • Hershey Moves on $920M Purchase of Snack Maker Amplify

    Chocolate and snack producer The Hershey Company is moving to expand its presence in the savory snacks market as it entered into an agreement Monday to acquire Austin, TX-based Amplify Snack Brands Inc., the maker of Tyrrell’s brand potato chips and SkinnyPop popcorn. “The acquisition...