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  • Trump Bid to Defund Chemical Safety Board Questioned

    As President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year of 2018 attempts to cut off the Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) $12 million in annual funding, the move is generating criticism from observers in industry and labor who assert the change would have disastrous results....

  • Quaker Oats Plant Fire Injures Worker, Causes $25K in Damages

    An overheated electric motor caused a fire Thursday at the PepsiCo-owned Quaker Oats factory in Peterborough, ON, causing a blaze that left one worker with injuries and CN$25,000 in damages, several local news organizations reported. A fire official told the Peterborough Examiner that firefighters...

  • Study Hails Economic Contributions of U.S. Food Industry

    The U.S. food and beverage industry is a “significant and stable contributor” in the American economy, with food manufacturing alone providing $83 billion in total salary and benefits and $9.7 billion in taxes annually, according to a report released Thursday by non-partisan policy...

  • Explosion, Chemical Reaction Forces Evacuation of Plant

    An “apparent explosion” and chemical reaction prompted the evacuation of about 20 workers at a South Bend, IN adhesives manufacturing facility Wednesday night, the South Bend Tribune reported Thursday. Area Haz-Mat responders were contacted at about 9:30 p.m. with a report that...

  • Vortex Partners with LM Bulk & Materialhantering in Sweden

    Vortex Global Limited, a solids and bulk handling components company, announces its recent partnership with LM Bulk & Materialhantering AB (LMB) to further the company’s sales in Sweden. Based in Helsingborg, Sweden, LMB possesses more than 25 years’ experience specializing in the...

  • SOCMA Praises EPA Delay of RMP Rule Implementation

    The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) issued a statement Thursday praising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for imposing a 90-day delay on the implementation of the agency’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) rules that were set to go into effect March 21. The...

  • Ferrero Buys U.S. Chocolate Maker Fannie May for $115M

    The maker of Tic-Tacs, Nutella, and Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero International S.A., signed an agreement with 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. to acquire the assets of Fannie May Confections Brands Inc. in a $115 million cash transaction, 1-800-Flowers.com, a gourmet food and floral gift provider, announced by...

  • Grain Elevator Collapse in WA Causes $1M in Damages

    A grain elevator holding some 150,000 bushels of wheat collapsed in Edwall, WA early Wednesday morning, causing about $1 million in damages, several local news organizations reported. The collapse of the Ritzville Warehouse Co. elevator at about 1 a.m. impacted a Avista Utilities service line...

  • Engineer Crushed to Death After Fall into Cement Mixer

    An engineer from the United Kingdom was crushed to death by aggregate after falling into a mixer Tuesday morning at a cement plant in Trinidad, the Trinidad Daily Express reported. John Morris, a 55-year-old worker at Lutchmeesingh's asphalt plant in Princes Town, was trying to loosen...

  • Intelligrated Exec Named to Board of Robotic Industries Assn.

    The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) named Matt Wicks, vice president of product development, manufacturing systems at Intelligrated as a new member of its board of directors, Intelligrated announced by press release Tuesday. Intelligrated, a leading provider of automated material handling...