July offered no shortage of news as major expansion projects and acquisitions were announced, several major industrial accidents occurred, and production of a major over-the-counter drug was interrupted. To provide an overview of the most popular stories on PowderBulkSolids.com last month, managing editor John Forrester compiled this list of Powder & Bulk Solids’ top five most-viewed stories for July 2018:
1.) Fareva to Acquire Avon’s Last U.S. Beauty Products Plant
July 6, 2018
French pharmaceuticals and cosmetics firm Fareva plans to purchase New Avon LLC’s last manufacturing facility in the U.S., a 500,000-sq-ft plant and ware house in Morton Grove, IL. Formerly a part of Avon Products Inc., New Avon produced goods in the U.S. for more than a century.
2.) Grain Dryer Eyed as Cause of Blast at Illinois Elevator
July 30, 2018
Crews responded to a fire and explosion at the Grainland Cooperative elevator in Cruger, IL, near Peoria. Company officials said a grain dryer was thought to have been involved in the blast. Images taken at the scene showed mangled pieces of metal hanging from the top of the structure.
3.) Technical Issue Stops Ibuprofen Production at BASF Plant
July 3, 2018
German chemicals and pharmaceuticals manufacturer BASF was forced to momentarily pause production of the common painkiller Ibuprofen due to a technical issue at its Bishop, TX plant. The site is considered a major global source for the drug.
4.) PepsiCo to Invest $159M to Expand Frito-Lay Plants
July 30, 2018
Seeking to boost its snack manufacturing capabilities, American food and beverage firm PepsiCo said it will add new production lines at its plants in Frankfort, IN and 210,000 sq ft of warehousing space. The company’s facilities in Frankfort have been in operation for more than three decades.
5.) 2 Workers Injured in Texas Chemical Plant Fire
July 9, 2018
A fire at the Fritz Industries plant in Mesquite, TX left two workers with injuries and forced the evacuation of workers on site. Because bromide and sodium bromine were present at the site, a HAZMAT team also responded to the incident.