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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Firm Fined $888K After Worker Injured by 600kg FIBC Bag

    A British port company was ordered by the Ipswich Magistrates’ Court to pay a fine totaling £666,000, or about $888,000, after a 600kg flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) bag fell and injured a worker, Great Britain’s occupational safety regulator, the Health and Safety...

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  • U.S. Workplace Deaths Reach Highest Level Since 2010

    The rate of fatal occupational injuries in reported in U.S. workplaces in 2016 reached its highest level since 2010, according to new data released Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Last year the occupational fatality rate climbed by 7% from 3.4 per...

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  • Nestle Sheds RTD Tea Brands Sweet Leaf and Tradewinds

    Boston-based private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners and its partner, Dunn’s River Brands (DRB), entered into a purchase agreement with Nestle Waters North America to purchase the Swiss-owned firm’s ready-to-drink (RTD) tea brands Sweet Leaf Teas and Tradewinds, Fireman announced...

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  • Cargill, Ecolab Partner in New Food Startup Incubator

    American agribusiness Cargill, startup accelerator network Techstars, and water, hygiene, and energy technology provider Ecolab launched a new initiative on Monday to identify and support entrepreneurs and startups that offer unique concepts and products involving agriculture, food-oriented digital...

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  • OSHA Fines Grain Terminal $73K For Safety Lapses

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued one serious citation and one other-than-serious citation to Columbia Export Terminal LLC of Portland, OR on Nov. 27 for fall hazards, the agency announced on Monday. OSHA investigators found that...

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  • Silo Auger Accident Kills Man at Ethan Allen Plant

    A worker was killed by an auger while performing maintenance on a silo on Dec. 13 at the Ethan Allen furniture factory in Beecher Falls, VT. The victim, identified as 55-year-old Bruce Biron, had worked for the company for more than 25 years, according to local media reports. “Bruce was a...

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  • Jacobs Engineering Completes $3.27B CH2M Acquisition

    The shareholders of global engineering firm CH2M voted in favor moving forward with the firm’s $3.27 billion acquisition by engineering and professional services provider Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., completing the cash-and-stock transaction, the companies announced in a press release...

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  • Man Dies in Waste Grinder at Ohio Meat Processing Plant

    A worker died on Saturday evening at the Fresh Mark Inc. meat processing plant in Canton, OH after becoming caught in piece of waste grinding machinery. “Our primary concern rests with the wellbeing of this employee’s family, as well as the safety and wellbeing of all our employees in...

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