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  • BASF Chemical Plant Explosion Causes 1 Death, Injuries

    An explosion Monday morning at chemical company BASF’s chemical manufacturing complex in Ludwigshafen, Germany killed one person and left six others with serious injuries, according to a company press release issued in the wake of the incident. Several others received light injuries and six...

  • Blue Sage Acquires Magnum Systems

    Lower middle-market private equity firm Blue Sage Capital announces the recently completed acquisition of Magnum Systems Inc.   Headquartered in Kansas City, with an additional manufacturing facility in Parsons, KS, Magnum, through its Taylor Products and Smoot brands, is a leading...

  • Magnum Systems Appoints Wallace President/CEO

    Magnum Systems Inc. has appointed Travis Wallace as its new president/CEO. Wallace assumed responsibilities on October 1, 2016 and has succeeded Gary Saunders who retired. Wallace has been part of the Magnum Systems team for 10 years, beginning in the assembly area for the Taylor Products...

  • KSU Bulk Solids Courses Announced

    The K-State Bulk Solids Innovation Center announces two upcoming bulk solids courses. International bulk solids expert Dr. Richard Farnish will lead “Storage and Flow of Bulk Solids,” covering important topics related to powder and bulk solid flow in bins, hoppers, and chutes. Dr....

  • Hershey CEO Retiring

    The Hershey Co. announced that James E. Nevels, the company’s lead independent director, has informed the company that he does not intend to stand for re-election at the company’s 2017 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Nevels, 64, was elected to the Hershey Board of Directors in 2007...

  • 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...