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  • Chemical Plant Explosion in Arkansas Injures 3 Workers

    Three workers performing maintenance work were injured at the United Initiators chemical plant Wednesday in Helena-West Helena, AR when an explosion involving benzoyl peroxide occurred in one of the site’s production units, Jon Cummins, the plant’s vice president of manufacturing told...

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  • PBS Issues Report on Combustible Dust Explosions in 2017

    From OSHA’s halt of its combustible dust rulemaking process to the Didion Milling explosion in Cambria, WI on May 31 that killed five and injured 12, 2017 has been a relatively busy year for combustible-dust related news. Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) mined its archives, news media reports...

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  • New Equipment Acquisitions in Q4 May Offer Tax Benefits

    For dry processing and bulk solids handling companies, the fourth quarter is an optimal time to consider the tax advantages of acquiring new or upgraded equipment needed to guard against obsolescence, maintain safe processes and stay ahead of the competition. Forward-thinking manufacturers are...

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  • Italian Firm to Open Fertilizer R&D Center in Indiana

    An Italian producer of organic fertilizer, biostimulants, and microbials for agriculture, Italpollina, intends to open a new research center in Anderson Park, IL next to the firm’s new North American headquarters and production facility, the company announced in a Nov. 22 press release....

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  • Fire Forces Evacuation of Ontario Meat Processing Plant

    A fire broke out at a Burlington, ON meat processing plant Wednesday afternoon, prompting the evacuation of workers on site, several local news organizations reported. Officials said about half of the 15,000-sq-ft plant was destroyed by the blaze. Fire crews responded to the site after the fire...

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  • Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. HQ Moving to NJ Sites

    Two sites in New Jersey will become the new headquarters of Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. by mid 2020, Mars Inc. announced in a release Tuesday. A site in Newark, where the Mars was first launched more than 75 years ago at the dawn of World War Il, will employ some 500 workers. Existing offices...

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  • Organic Food Firm SunOpta Invests in Roasted Snacks Plant

    Canadian organic food processor and manufacturer SunOpta Inc. announced plans Wednesday to make a “significant” investment in its Crookston, MN roasted snacks plant. At the same time, the company intends to close a roasting facility in Wahpeton, ND, folding its operations into the...

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  • Teijin to Open New Carbon Fiber Plant in South Carolina

    Japanese-owned healthcare, chemicals, and information technology group Teijin Limited plans to open a carbon fiber production plant in Greenwood, SC to accelerate its global business in the category, a Nov. 30 company press release announced. Scheduled to become operational by the end of FY 2020,...

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  • Cargill and Jollibee Open Poultry Plant in the Philippines

    A joint venture between American agribusiness Cargill and Asia’s largest foodservice firm Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) officially opened the largest poultry plant in the Philippines on Tuesday, Cargill announced in a release. The Cargill Joy Poultry Meats Production Inc. (C-Joy) plant in...

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  • Firm to Open New Hemp Processing Plant in South Carolina

    A Boston-based maker of CBD products, Tucker Naturals LLC, plans to open a new hemp processing plant and extraction facility in Lake City, SC, the company announced in a press release Monday. “Lake City, which was the main hub of the South Carolina tobacco industry, is an ideal location for...

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