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  • OSHA Fines PPG Industries Facility $92K for Violations

    The Westlake, LA manufacturing facility of global chemical manufacturer PPG Industries was fined $92,642 for 11 safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Oct. 11, the federal agency announced in a press release Thursday....

  • U.S. Grain Exports for FY2016 at Biggest Level in 35 Years

    Exports of American grain in the fiscal year of 2016 are at the largest level seen in the last three decades, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) Oct. 7. “American grain exports in fiscal year 2016 are the...

  • USDA Develops New Fish Feed Ingredient from Tree Nuts

    Researchers have developed a new high-protein aquacultural feed ingredient that replaces fish feed with a mixture of pistachios and almonds, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Center (ARS) announced Wednesday. “If pistachios or almonds are too big, too small, or...

  • Boeing Opens $200M Composite Parts Plant in St. Louis

    American aircraft maker Boeing opened a $200 million factory Thursday in St. Louis to build composite parts for the company’s new 777X commercial jet aircraft. Manufacturing of composite wing and empennage parts at the Boeing Composite Center of Excellence at 424,000-sq-ft facility will begin...

  • Court Rules Process Components Ltd. Owns Kek and Gardner

    Following a recent UK High Court ruling, it is confirmed that the UK engineering brands Kek and Gardner are the exclusive property of their original owner, Process Components Ltd., the UK company's U.S. subsidiary Kemutec Group Inc. announced Tuesday. The ruling confirms PCL’s and KGI...

  • Kellogg Company to Acquire Brazilian Food Group Parati

    The Kellogg Company has entered into an agreement to purchase Ritmo Investimentos, the controlling shareholder of the Parati Group, Brazil’s leading food companies, including Parati S/A, Afical Ltda, and Padua Ltda, the Battle Creek, MI-based company announced Thursday. The purchase price for...

  • OSHA Issues Grain Handling Safety Reminder for Fall Harvest

    As fall harvest season approaches, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a reminder to grain industry employers and workers to put health and safety programs into effect that control hazardous energy, ensure safe bin entry, and promote...

  • Air Liquide Building U.S. Specialty Ingredients Factory

    Air Liquide subsidiaries Seppic and Schülke announced plans Thursday to construct a $60 million specialty ingredients manufacturing facility in Sandston, VA to produce cosmetic and pharmaceutical ingredients. “Seppic and Schülke have a long presence in the United States serving...

  • GE, Caterpillar Invest in Material Handling Robot Firm

    Caterpillar, General Electric, and a handful of other investors are providing Clearpath Robotics with $30 million in funding to expand the firm’s industrial division, OTTO Motors, the Kitchener, ON-based company announced Oct. 5. Clearpath’s OTTO Motors makes automated, self-driving...

  • GM Adding Third Shift, 650 Jobs at Tennessee Auto Factory

    Seeking to increase production of the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia automobiles, American car maker General Motors announced plans Tuesday to add a third shift and 650 jobs to its Spring Hill, TN manufacturing plant. “Spring Hill is demonstrating again its flexibility and agility to meet...