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  • Mars Petcare Investing $72M in Arkansas Plant Expansion

    Mars Petcare is planning a $72 million expansion of a Fort Smith, AR factory that produces Cesar and Nutro brand dog food and Sheba wet cat foot, the McLean, VA-based company announced by press release Wednesday. 130 new, full-time jobs are expected to be created as a result of the expansion, the...

  • BASF to Open Construction Chemicals Plant in Myanmar

    German chemical company BASF announced plans Thursday to build its first manufacturing plant in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, to produce tailor-made construction chemical solutions from the firm’s Master Builders Solutions portfolio for the domestic building market. The new plant, which...

  • Evonik to Build $120M Silica Plant in South Carolina

    A projected rise in demand for energy-efficient tires is prompting German specialty chemicals company Evonik to build a new, $120 million precipitated silica production plant near Charleston, SC to serve large tire plants nearby, a press release announced Tuesday. “The industry needs high-...

  • DuPont Selling Food Safety Diagnostics Unit to Hygiena

    DuPont’s global food safety diagnostics business will be sold to a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, Hygiena, a microbiology and life science company that focuses on rapid food safety and environmental testing solutions, a DuPont press release announced Wednesday. Formed by Wilmington, DE-...

  • Global Industrial Packaging Market to Reach $73B by 2024

    Increased manufacturing activity around the world and growing demand for innovative or high-value packaging solutions are expected to propel the global market for industrial packaging products to a value of $73.25 billion by 2024, according to new numbers released by Transparency Market Research on...

  • Hopper Fire Causes Dust Explosion at Virginia Plant

    A fire caused by a dust explosion in a hopper at the Federal-Mogul Powertrain factory in Blacksburg, VA on Tuesday morning caused an estimated $2500 in damages and forced the plant to shut down while 124 employees were evacuated, multiple news organizations reported. Firefighters responded to an...

  • Lenzing Building $293M Bio-Based Fiber Factory in Alabama

    Austrian fiber, textile and polymer producer Lenzing AG announced plans Tuesday to build a new $293 million fiber production plant in Mobile, AL to produce a bio-based fiber made from woodchips called TENCEL. When the plant becomes operational in 2019, the facility will have a production capacity...

  • Advantech Manufacturing Obtains ISO 9001:2015 Certification

    Advantech Manufacturing Inc., New Berlin, WI, was recently awarded its ISO 9001:2015 certificate from Verisys Registrars. The certificate affirms the company’s operation and quality management systems adhere to requirements as set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (...

  • GM Investing $552M in Four Key U.S. Manufacturing Sites

    As the United States discusses the future of the country’s manufacturing sector following the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, American auto maker General Motors (GM) announced plans Wednesday invest $552 million in four key U.S. manufacturing sites in New York state and Ohio. “GM...

  • Monsanto Shareholders Approve Proposed Bayer Merger

    Shareholders of Monsanto Company, approved a proposed merger with Bayer AG at a special shareholders meeting in St. Louis, the St. Louis based agriculture giant announced by press release on Tuesday. “We are pleased we received such strong support from our shareowners,” said Hugh Grant...