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  • Pfizer Enters Merger Agreement with Anacor

    Pfizer Inc. announced Monday that it has entered into a “definitive” merger agreement with Anacor Pharmaceuticals Inc., a maker of an eczema treatment that is currently under FDA review. Agreeing to purchase the Palo Alto, CA-based company for $5.2 billion, Pfizer said in a press...

  • Chemistry Student Lands Prestigious Internship

    Abigail Cawoski, a Westminster College junior chemistry major, has been awarded a paid industrial internship from the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) at LyondellBasell Industries in Cincinnati. Of the 243 applicants, 27 students were selected, three being from small liberal arts colleges...

  • J-Tec Material Handling Builds Greenfield Compounding Installation

    In September 2014, J-Tec Material Handling officially signed a contract with Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Inc., to build a $30 million installation for advanced thermoplastic compounds. The plant is built on Asahi’s newest site in Limestone County, Athens, AL. Prior to this...

  • OSHA Fines Coffee Roaster $63K after Worker’s Death

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began an inspection Nov. 12, 2015, at the Atlantic Coffee Industrial Solutions LLC facility in Houston after the release of carbon dioxide asphyxiated a 53-year-old shift supervisor. Following its...

  • Trade Groups Praise Congress Passage of MTB Bill

    Numerous trade groups are praising the US Congress’s passage of the American Manufacturing Competitive Act 2016 on Tuesday, a measure that reduces tariffs on the importation of raw materials not readily available in the United States. “This is without a doubt a major victory and proof...

  • Former Massey Energy CEO Reports to Prison

    The former CEO of coal company Massey Energy, Don Blankenship, who was convicted in December for his role in a 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 workers, reported to a California federal prison Thursday. Blankenship, who was sentenced on April 6 to one year in prison for conspiracy to violate...

  • Canadian Feds Investigating Grain Silo Injury

    The Canadian Center Occupational Health and Safety is investigating an accident at a feed operation in Mount Pearl, NL after an employee suffered injuries after being trapped in a grain silo, CBC News reported Thursday. A 58-year-old worker at the Country Ribbon feed operation was temporarily...

  • Kraft Heinz to Eliminate Jobs

    Kraft Heinz will cut about 40 jobs in Pittsburgh as the company makes moves to outsource some of its administrative positions, Just-Food.com reported Wednesday. The laid off staff will leave the company next month, the article said, adding that the reduction in workforce is the result of a program...

  • NAM Fires Back at New OSHA Recordkeeping Final Rule

    A new final rule from the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) aimed at improving the tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses announced Wednesday is drawing fire from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). The new rule mandates that...

  • Bayer Considers Bid to Purchase Monsanto

    Bayer has expressed interest in making a bid to purchase Monsanto, Bloomberg reported Thursday. The purchase of Monsanto, which is valued at about $43 billion, would make German-owned Bayer the world’s biggest purveyor of seeds and agricultural chemicals. The company has held preliminary...