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  • Number of U.S. Fatal Work Injuries Up Slightly in 2015

    4836 American workers died as a result of work-related injuries in 2015, a slight increase from 2014 when 4821 workers died, according to the newly-released annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). “These numbers underscore the...

  • Kerry Group to Expand Missouri Liquid Smoke Facility

    International food company Kerry Group PLC announced plans Wednesday to invest $14.2 million in its Greenville, MO liquid smoke products facility, according to a press release from the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The expansion will add on 20,650-sq-ft to the Irish company’s...

  • Largest U.S. Utility-Scale Biogas Facility Under Construction

    Construction of the largest utility-scale biogas production facility in the United States – capable of generating power for 32,000 homes each year – is set to kick off on Dec. 15 in North Carolina, the future owner of the facility, Boulder, CO-based Carbon Cycle Energy (C2e), announced...

  • Mars Petcare Investing $72M in Arkansas Plant Expansion

    Mars Petcare is planning a $72 million expansion of a Fort Smith, AR factory that produces Cesar and Nutro brand dog food and Sheba wet cat foot, the McLean, VA-based company announced by press release Wednesday. 130 new, full-time jobs are expected to be created as a result of the expansion, the...

  • BASF to Open Construction Chemicals Plant in Myanmar

    German chemical company BASF announced plans Thursday to build its first manufacturing plant in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to produce tailor-made construction chemical solutions from the firm’s Master Builders Solutions portfolio for the domestic building market. The new plant, which...

  • Evonik to Build $120M Silica Plant in South Carolina

    A projected rise in demand for energy-efficient tires is prompting German specialty chemicals company Evonik to build a new, $120 million precipitated silica production plant near Charleston, SC to serve large tire plants nearby, a press release announced Tuesday. “The industry needs high-...

  • DuPont Selling Food Safety Diagnostics Unit to Hygiena

    DuPont’s global food safety diagnostics business will be sold to a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, Hygiena, a microbiology and life science company that focuses on rapid food safety and environmental testing solutions, a DuPont press release announced Wednesday. Formed by Wilmington, DE-...

  • Global Industrial Packaging Market to Reach $73B by 2024

    Increased manufacturing activity around the world and growing demand for innovative or high-value packaging solutions are expected to propel the global market for industrial packaging products to a value of $73.25 billion by 2024, according to new numbers released by Transparency Market Research on...

  • Hopper Fire Causes Dust Explosion at Virginia Plant

    A fire caused by a dust explosion in a hopper at the Federal-Mogul Powertrain factory in Blacksburg, VA on Tuesday morning caused an estimated $2500 in damages and forced the plant to shut down while 124 employees were evacuated, multiple news organizations reported. Firefighters responded to an...

  • Lenzing Building $293M Bio-Based Fiber Factory in Alabama

    Austrian fiber, textile and polymer producer Lenzing AG announced plans Tuesday to build a new $293 million fiber production plant in Mobile, AL to produce a bio-based fiber made from woodchips called TENCEL. When the plant becomes operational in 2019, the facility will have a production capacity...