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  • Nestle Takes Majority Share in British Dog Food Firm

    Moving to expand its pet nutrition offerings, Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle announced Monday that it is acquiring a majority share in the UK-based direct-to-consumer dog food firm Tails.com. “Personalized pet nutrition, along with direct-to-consumer subscription services, are...

  • Phenol Leak at Chemical Plant Kills 1, Injures 16

    Some 16 workers were injured and one person was killed at a chemical plant last Thursday in Decine, Czech Republic following a leak of phenol from a truck tanker, officials told French news service AFP. The incident occurred at the Chemotex facility at about 5:30 a.m. after a hose that was moving...

  • Wacker Chemie Opens New $18M Silicone Elastomers Plant

    German chemical group Wacker Chemie AG officially opened a new 13,000 sq m production plant for silicone elastomers and silicone sealants in South Korea to meet rising demand from the region’s construction and electronics industires, the firm announced in an Apr. 24 press release. Located in...

  • Fire Forces Evacuation of Dow Chemical Plant in Louisiana

    A fire last Friday morning at the 2000-acre Dow Chemical petrochemical plant in Hahnville, LA led the company to evacuate “non-essential” personnel and monitor the air surrounding the site, Dow’s St. Charles Operations said in a Facebook post. “There was a building fire on...

  • Dust Eyed as Cause of Explosion at Texas Feed Mill

    Officials said a blast last Wednesday afternoon at the Jupe Feeds Inc. feed milling facility in Temple, TX was likely caused by an ignition of accumulated grain dust. Emergency personnel responded to the site at about 12:30 p.m., and were told by workers that a loud explosion was heard. “...

  • Ajax Supplies Screw Feeder to Specialty Chemical Maker

    Solids handling equipment maker, Ajax Equipment, has supplied a leading specialty chemicals producer with an inclined screw feeder for transferring powder from a dryer to a sifter unit and big bag filler. Manufactured in 316 stainless steel, the 250mm-diam screw is 6m in length. Inclined at up to...

  • Tank Holding Announces New CEO

    Tank Holding Corp. has introduced Greg Wade as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company, which includes major polyethylene tank manufacturers Norwesco and Snyder Industries, effective May 1st, 2018. Prior to Mr. Wade’s appointment, the company was led by Co-CEOs, Tom O’Connell...

  • Contract Worker Injured in Texas Asphalt Plant Explosion

    A contract worker was injured after a storage tank exploded at a Texas asphalt plant Monday afternoon while he was performing demolition work on an adjacent tank. Contractors were using a blow torch to take down an asphalt storage tank when a neighboring tank exploded. A man fell 30 feet into a...

  • Nestle Purina Cuts Ribbon on New $120M Pet Food Plant

    Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle announced the opening of a new, $120 million Nestle Purina pet food plant in Teno, Chile on Wednesday as the company looks to expand its positon in the dry dog and cat food market in the country and the Latin American region. “We are extremely proud of...

  • P&G Takes on Merck’s Consumer Health Division for $4.2B

    Seeking to expand its position in the over-the-counter (OTC) health products, the Procter & Gamble Company (R&G) signed an agreement with Merck to acquire the German firm’s Consumer Health division, Cincinnati, OH-based P&G announced in a press release Thursday. “The...