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  • Cronus Hires Thyssenkrupp to Build $1.4B Fertilizer Plant

    Chicago-based Cronus Chemicals LLC announced Wednesday that an agreement was signed to bring on Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions (TKIS) as its engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for a planned $1.4 billion fertilizer plant in Tuscola, IL. Local media reports noted that the...

  • Fire at Pinnacle Foods Plant Forces Evacuation of Workers

    Workers were evacuated from a Pinnacle Foods Inc. processing plant in Fennville, MI Wednesday as crews from six area fire departments worked to extinguish the flames, several local news organizations reported. Firefighters responded to the plant at about 4:50 p.m., finding the fire had broken out...

  • Pasta Montana Debuts New $6.5M Processing Line

    A new $6.5 million processing line at the Pasta Montana production plant in Great Falls, MT opened this week as the Nippon Flour Mills subsidiary celebrated its twentieth anniversary, the Great Falls Montana Development Authority announced via press release Wednesday. The new line will expand the...

  • Coca-Cola Offers $1M Prize for New Sugar Alternative

    Facing a long-term slump in sales of sugary drinks, The Coca-Cola Company is offering a $1 million prize to researchers who develop compounds that offer a natural, safe, low-calorie alternative to sugar, the company announced this month. Dubbed the “Sweetener Challenge,” Coca-Cola...

  • Cargill Invests $18M in Nebraska Grain Elevator Upgrade

    American agricultural firm Cargill announced plans Tuesday to invest $18 million in expansion of storage and unload capabilities at its Gibbon, NE grain elevator, adding upright storage space for 2 million bushels of grain and boosting the site’s unload capacity to 65,000 bushels/hr. “...

  • CEMEX to Close Lapis Sand Plant in California by 2023

    Officials in California approved a plan proposed by Mexican building materials multinational CEMEX to phase out operations at its Marina, CA Lapis sand plant by 2020, ending a series of legal wrangles with several state agencies and the local city government over alleged violations at the site....

  • Nestle Releases KitKat Flavored with “Cough Drop” Powder

    Nestle Japan is known for producing a wide array of KitKat bar flavors, with some appealing to regional tastes like green tea and varieties, like baked potato, pushing the boundaries of traditional confectionery flavors. Now the subsidiary of the Swiss food and beverage firm is rolling out a...

  • Smithfield Foods Invests $100M in NC Pork Processing Plant

    The world’s largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods Inc., is investing $100 million in its Tar Heel, NC pork plant to construct a new distribution center and improve the site’s cold storage capabilities, the Smithfield, VA-based firm announced Tuesday. “This expansion reflects...

  • Montana Cooperative to Build New Fertilizer “Mega Plant”

    Montana agricultural cooperative Town & Country Supply Association is constructing a new “mega plant” in Lockwood, MT that will produce a variety of bulk fertilizer blends, the cooperative announced Monday in a press release. “It’s a 22,000-tn plant, and we’re...

  • Johnson & Johnson Faces $417M Penalty in Talc Powder Case

    Personal care products maker Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a $417 million penalty Monday by a California jury in a lawsuit initiated by a woman that alleged the company’s baby powder contained talcum powder that causes ovarian cancer. Californian Eva Echeverria sued Johnson &...