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  • Sonoco Completes Acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group

    Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, has completed the acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG), Europe's leading provider of composite cans along with composite drums and rigid plastic containers, for approximately $360 million, in cash. "We are...

  • WeighPack Systems Appoints Engineering Manager

    WeighPack Systems Inc., a leading provider of high performance packaging solutions, announces the appointment of Armin Syroos as engineering manager. Syroos’s experience includes over 15 years working for Krones and Sidel, a leading packaging equipment supplier for the beverage industry...

  • Chemical Activity Barometer Suggests Growth

    The Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), featured a slight decline of 0.1% this month, which is a deceleration from the 0.1% gain in September, as measured on a three-month moving average (3MMA). Despite the slight decline...

  • Explosion Rocks Dry Fertilizer Plant

    An explosion at Northern Country Co-op's dry fertilizer plant in northern Iowa Monday caused the plant to be shut down while the blast is being investigated. One employee was taken to the hospital but later returned to work. No other injuries were reported. The accident occurred at...

  • Drying Theory Seminar Announced

    Bühler Aeroglide, a global leader in thermal process engineering and technology for food, feed, and industrial materials, will hold a drying seminar in Cary, NC, on December 9-11, 2014. The seminar aims to help participants learn and apply drying theory to enhance the performance of processing...

  • Explosion at Canola Crushing Plant

    An explosion and fire at the Louis Dreyfus canola crushing plant in Yorkton, Saskatchewan caused extensive damage and injured one Friday morning. The fire occurred in a meal pellet storage area and not the main building of the canola-crushing plant. The employee was taken to the hospital with what...

  • Dow Chemical Sales, Profit Soar

    The Dow Chemical Co. reported sales of $14.4 billion, up 5 percent versus the year-ago period. Gains were driven by price increases associated with tightening demand conditions in key regions, with increased sales reported in most operating segments. Sales gains were led by Performance Plastics (up...

  • Spiroflow Systems Expands Robotic Automation, Engineering Teams

    Spiroflow Systems Inc. has announced key additions to its organization: Mark Langenfeld has joined the company’s robotics automation team; David Moses and Christopher Sales have joined the engineering team as project design engineers. Langenfeld has provided customers with cost effective...

  • Malvern Instrument’s Hessemann Honored

    For Malvern Instruments marketing manager Renate Hessemann, this year’s Powtech exhibition in Nürnberg, Germany was her last as a member of the Powtech advisory committee on which she has served for almost 20 years. In recognition of this long commitment, she was presented with a special...

  • “Think Outside the Bag” Contest Announced

    The Plastics Industry Trade Association and JASON Learning launched the 2014 “Think Outside the Bag!” plastic film recycling contest. Sponsored by SPI’s Flexible Film and Bag Division (FFBD), with support from plastic bag manufacturer and recycler Hilex Poly, and JASON Learning, a...