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  • PPG to Drastically Increase Silica Production Capacity

    PPG Industries is increasing precipitated silica production capacity at its Lake Charles, LA, manufacturing plant by more than 10,000 tons per year in response to growing demand.   “PPG remains committed to the precipitated silica market, and this investment will enable us to meet...

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  • Hoerbiger Acquires Newson Gale

    Hoerbiger Group headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, acquired Newson Gale, Nottingham, United Kingdom, effective January 4, 2016. The privately owned business, of which the majority of shares has been held by the founder Ernest Kochmann and his family while a minority of shares has been owned by...

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  • ISA Names 2016 President

    The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces James Keaveney as its 2016 President. In this position, Keaveney will work with Society leaders and staff to increase awareness of the value and relevance of the ISA brand and build on ISA’s proven range of capabilities and...

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  • Worker Dies in Coke Plant Accident

    A worker at the Tonawanda Coke facility in Tonawanda, NY died Wednesday morning during routine maintenance on an industrial coal elevator. The longtime employee was a 60-year-old male. The accident occurred at about 8am, and paramedics arrived about 30 minutes later. OSHA, which investigated and...

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  • Trackmobile Receives ISO 9001:2008 Certification

    Trackmobile kicked off 2016 with the announcement of its ISO 9001:2008 registration acceptance by American Systems Registrar (ASR). As a global manufacturer that designs, manufactures, and services machines for moving railcars and locomotives, establishing its operation under a quality management...

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  • Cooper Installed as ARA Chairman

    Harold Cooper, CEO and general manager of Premier Ag Cooperative, was installed as the 2016 chairman of the board during a December 3 ceremony at the ARA Conference and Expo. He succeeds 2015 chairman Dave Dufault. "To say Harold is passionate about the agricultural retail business and...

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  • Epic Acquisition for General Mills

    General Mills Inc. has acquired EPIC Provisions, a rapidly growing, premium meat snacks company based in Austin, TX. EPIC will operate under General Mills’ Annie’s business, which has experienced strong sales growth since General Mills acquired the company more than a year ago. EPIC...

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  • Chemical Safety Board to Hear Process Safety Management Reform

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will will hear an update on the new process safety management reforms in California from a panel of experts in a public meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, in Torrance, CA. “We are continuing to monitor developments in California and look forward...

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  • Smico-Symons Screens Acquires A & J Mixing

    Smico-Symons Screens has acquired A & J Mixing International Inc. With this agreement, A & J will now have manufacturing space in Oklahoma to build its products. Management of the company will remain with Bliss Flower, but Smico will have access to the company's location in Canada,...

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  • Worker Burned in Chicken Plant Explosion

    A worker at a chicken plant in Accomac, VA was treated for second degree burns after a boiler exploded at the facility on Christmas Eve. The explosion occurred at the Purdue and Valley Proteins facility at about 3:30 am. Officials said the blast caused a partial collapse of the building....

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