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  • New Orders for Conveyor Equipment Total $12B in 2016

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports that 2016 shipments in North America were up 1.6%. CEMA estimates that shipments totaled $12.188 billion for 2016, a record level and an increase of $265 million from 2015 shipments of $11.923 billion. CEMA estimates that new orders...

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  • Conagra to Acquire Protein Snacks Firms Thanasi and BIGS

    Expanding deeper into the protein-based snacks category, Conagra Brands Inc. announced plans Thursday to acquire BIGS LLC, the makers of BIGS pumpkin seed and sunflower seed snacks, and Thanasi Foods LLC, producer of Duke’s brand meat snacks. The Chicago-based corporation, which owns the...

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  • Trump Bid to Defund Chemical Safety Board Questioned

    As President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year of 2018 attempts to cut off the Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) $12 million in annual funding, the move is generating criticism from observers in industry and labor who assert the change would have disastrous results....

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  • Quaker Oats Plant Fire Injures Worker, Causes $25K in Damages

    An overheated electric motor caused a fire Thursday at the PepsiCo-owned Quaker Oats factory in Peterborough, ON, causing a blaze that left one worker with injuries and CN$25,000 in damages, several local news organizations reported. A fire official told the Peterborough Examiner that firefighters...

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  • Study Hails Economic Contributions of U.S. Food Industry

    The U.S. food and beverage industry is a “significant and stable contributor” in the American economy, with food manufacturing alone providing $83 billion in total salary and benefits and $9.7 billion in taxes annually, according to a report released Thursday by non-partisan policy...

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  • Explosion, Chemical Reaction Forces Evacuation of Plant

    An “apparent explosion” and chemical reaction prompted the evacuation of about 20 workers at a South Bend, IN adhesives manufacturing facility Wednesday night, the South Bend Tribune reported Thursday. Area Haz-Mat responders were contacted at about 9:30 p.m. with a report that...

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  • Vortex Partners with LM Bulk & Materialhantering in Sweden

    Vortex Global Limited, a solids and bulk handling components company, announces its recent partnership with LM Bulk & Materialhantering AB (LMB) to further the company’s sales in Sweden. Based in Helsingborg, Sweden, LMB possesses more than 25 years’ experience specializing in the...

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  • SOCMA Praises EPA Delay of RMP Rule Implementation

    The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) issued a statement Thursday praising the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for imposing a 90-day delay on the implementation of the agency’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) rules that were set to go into effect March 21. The...

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  • Ferrero Buys U.S. Chocolate Maker Fannie May for $115M

    The maker of Tic-Tacs, Nutella, and Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero International S.A., signed an agreement with 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. to acquire the assets of Fannie May Confections Brands Inc. in a $115 million cash transaction, 1-800-Flowers.com, a gourmet food and floral gift provider, announced by...

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  • Grain Elevator Collapse in WA Causes $1M in Damages

    A grain elevator holding some 150,000 bushels of wheat collapsed in Edwall, WA early Wednesday morning, causing about $1 million in damages, several local news organizations reported. The collapse of the Ritzville Warehouse Co. elevator at about 1 a.m. impacted a Avista Utilities service line...

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