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  • Conveyor System Malfunction Causes Fire at PA Power Plant

    A yet-to-be-determined malfunction on a conveyor belt sparked large fire at a Reading, PA power plant early Tuesday morning, Reading Deputy Fire Chief Gary Mogel told The Reading Eagle. Used to carry wood products over 1000 ft at the Evergreen Community Power Plant, the conveyor belt created heat...

  • Conveying Equipment Orders up 47% over 2016

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its January 2017 booked orders increased 47.6% when compared to January 2016 orders. When compared to December 2016, January booked orders were down 21%. January booked orders were up 4.2% for Bulk Handling Equipment...

  • Nestle to Close Plant in Austria by 2018, Cutting 127 Jobs

    Nestle Austria is closing a food products factory in Linz, Austria by March 2018, impacting some 127 local plant employees, Reuters and European Supermarket Magazine (ESM) reported Tuesday. Shifting consumer trends are responsible for company officials’ decision to shutter the plant, which...

  • U.S. Retail Sales of Plant-Based Foods Reach $5B

    Retail sales of plant-based food products in the United States totaled more than $5 billion over a year-long period led by milk alternatives, according to new data by market research firm SPINS released Monday by San Francisco-based Plant Based Foods Association. Alternative dairy products are...

  • General Mills Works to Commercialize Soil-Friendly Grain

    General Mills and its organic food products subsidiary Cascadian Farm launched an effort with The Land Institute (TLI) to commercialize organic Kernza, a perennial relative of wheat said to offer restorative benefits to the soil it is grown in, the American food company announced Tuesday. “...

  • Carpenter Technology Buys Titanium Powder Firm for $35M

    Specialty alloys producer Carpenter Technology Company is acquiring Puris LLC, a manufacturer of titanium powder for advanced manufacturing and advanced technology uses, for $35 million, the Philadelphia-based company announced March 1. Carpenter said the purchase was part of a move into the...

  • Raabe Named CEO at Lodige Process Technology USA

    Gebr. Lödige Maschinenbau GmbH, Paderborn, Germany, announces the appointment of Jeff Raabe as CEO of Lodige Process Technology USA, located in Florence, Kentucky. Raabe will lead the office in the U.S., which provides service and parts for Lödige equipment within North America and...

  • ExxonMobil to Invest $20B in U.S. Manufacturing Capacity

    Positioning to take advantage of what it calls “the American energy revolution” ExxonMobil is planning to invest $20 billion to expand its U.S. refining and chemical manufacturing operations along the Gulf Coast, the Houston headquartered firm announced Monday. “The United States...

  • Premier Tech Investing $7M in Equipment Plant Expansion

    Provider of material handling and packaging equipment Premier Tech is investing $7 million in the capacity expansion of one of its Riviere-du-Loup, QC manufacturing plants in response to increased demand in the Americas for the firm’s automated packaging systems, the company announced...

  • NIOSH Debuts Dust Exposure Assessment Software for Mines

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) released a new version of its Enhanced Video Analysis of Dust Exposures (EVADE) software to provide a comprehensive view of dust, diesel, and gas exposure hazards facing miners, the...