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  • P&G to Close Two Midwest Plants, Impacting 1100 Jobs

    Consumer foods firm Procter & Gamble announced plans Wednesday to close two of its manufacturing plants in the U.S. Midwest by 2020, impacting over 700 workers employed at the facilities. Production for P&G’s Our Dish Care business will move from the firm’s Kansas City, KS...

  • Clariant Installs Compounding Extruder at Maine Plant

    Specialty chemicals producer Clariant recently completed a multimillion-dollar capacity expansion project at its Lewiston, ME production plant that expands the firm’s production of MEVOPUR pre-colored medical plastic compounds, a company press release announced Monday. Clariant installed a...

  • OSHA Fines N.C. Firm $50K After Fatal Dust Explosion

    A Mount Gilead, N.C. wood products plant received penalties totaling $50,125 last fall from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a worker was killed in a May 2017 dust explosion, according to an agency document recently reviewed by Powder...

  • Agribusiness Olam to Open Cocoa Powder Plant Near Chicago

    Singapore-based agribusiness Olam International is currently constructing a new 183,000-sq-ft cocoa powder manufacturing plant in Bolingbrook, IL that is slated to open by mid-2018, a company spokesperson and a government official told Reuters in a report published Tuesday. Levi Hansel, a...

  • Sandvik to Open New $25M Plant for Metal Powders

    Swedish firm Sandvik plans to open a new manufacturing plant for titanium and nickel fine metal powders with the aim of bolstering its position in the metal powder and metal additive manufacturing markets, the company announced in a press release Tuesday. The 200 million SEK (about $25 million)...

  • Andy Tuthill Named President of Tuthill Vacuum & Blower

    Andy Tuthill has been promoted to President of Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems effective January 29, 2018. Andy relocated to Springfield in 2015 as Director of Manufacturing and was promoted to the position of Vice President of Operations in 2016.  During his two-year tenure Andy and his...

  • Warehouse Fire Destroys Iowa Feed Production Plant

    An animal feed production facility in Oskaloosa, IA was destroyed on Sunday after a warehouse fire grew into a massive blaze and spread to all three buildings at the site, local news organizations reported. Fire crews responded to the International Ingredient Corporation facility at about 11 a.m....

  • Sorting Equipment Maker VanRiet to Open U.S. Plant

    Dutch manufacturer of automated transport and sorting equipment VanRiet Material Handling Systems plans to open a new manufacturing site in Atlanta, Georgia, creating about 70 new jobs as the company positions itself to expand in the U.S. market, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (...

  • Hostess Expands Breakfast Portfolio with Acquisition

    American packaged food firm Hostess Brands Inc. said a planned acquisition of some of ARYZTA LLC’s U.S. breakfast food portfolio is nearing completion, the Kansas City, MO company announced in a Feb. 1 press release. The purchase will include ARYZTA’s Chicago Cloverhill bakery site,...

  • Four Dead in Massive Chemical Plant Explosion

    Four people were killed and six other injured in a massive chemical plant explosion at the Jinshan Chemical Plantin in eastern China Saturday morning, according to a Chinese news agency. The explosion occurred during maintenance, just before 11am. Emergency crews extinguished the fire and...