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  • Conveying Equipment Orders up 160%

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its July 2017 booked orders increased 160.1% when compared to July 2016 orders. When compared to June 2017, July 2017 booked orders were up 49.1%. July booked orders were down 13.8% for bulk handling equipment and up 70...

  • Cavendish Farms Breaks Ground on $293M Processing Plant

    Potato products producer Cavendish Farms broke ground on a new frozen potato processing plant in Lethbridge, AB, Alberta’s provincial government announced by press release Monday. Slated for completion in mid-2019, the firm is investing CAD$360 million, or about $293 million, in the project...

  • Kent Nutrition Kicks Off $37M Feed Mill Expansion Project

    Animal feed producer Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) held a ceremony on Sept. 14 to break ground on a $37 million expansion project of its feed mill in Sheldon, IA, the company announced by press release. Operated by a subsidiary, Deluxe Feeds Inc., the 20-month project is expected to be completed by...

  • CSB Issues Final Report on 2016 ExxonMobil Refinery Fire

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board issued a safety bulletin on a fire at the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, LA on Nov. 22, 2016 that said the company failed to ensure that written procedures and training were provided prior to the incident. Released at a public business meeting in Washington D.C...

  • Albis Plastics Corp. Opens New Compounding Plant in SC

    The American subsidiary of German firm Albis Plastic GmbH officially inaugurated a new compounding plant in Duncan, SC on Aug. 31, Sugar Land, TX-based Albis Plastics Corporation announced in early September. “With this new manufacturing plant, we are delivering on our promise to support our...

  • Trapped Worker Killed in ADM Grain Elevator in Kansas

    A worker died after becoming trapped in an Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) grain elevator in Haskall County, KS on Sept. 14, several local news organizations reported. First responders received a report of a man stuck in the grain elevator at 1892 U.S. Highway 83 at about 3:31 p.m. last Thursday....

  • Cargill Acquires Poultry and Pork Feed Mill in Thailand

    American agribusiness Cargill is acquiring a poultry and swine feed mill in Thailand to expand its animal feed and nutrition business in the Asian country, the company announced in a Sept. 15 press release. “This plant is aligned to Cargill’s animal nutrition business growth plans and...

  • Ontario Invests $4.3M in Food Processing Plant

    The provincial government of Ontario is investing CAD$5.3 million, or about $4.3 million, in a project to build a new turkey processing plant for Sofina Foods Inc., one of the province’s largest meat processors, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced by press...

  • Worker Killed in Machinery Accident at Idaho Lumber Mill

    A worker died in a machinery-related industrial accident on Friday morning at the Merritt Brothers Lumber Company in Athol, ID, several local news organizations reported. The 45-year-old worker was injured while clearing a piece of lumber from machinery a, the Koontenai County Sheriff’s...

  • Chemical Leak Forces Evacuation of Idaho Paper Plant

    A chemical leak led to the evacuation of workers at the Clearwater Paper manufacturing complex in Lewiston, ID early Wednesday, the Lewiston Tribune reported. Matt Van Vleet, a company spokesperson, told the newspaper that no injuries were reported during the incident, which lasted about 20 to 30...