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  • Honeywell Expands N95 Respirator Production at RI Plant

    American industrial technology firm Honeywell said it is working to increase production of N95 respirators and UVEX safety glasses in the US with an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Smithfield, RI, the company announced in a recent statement. As part of the effort, Honeywell...

  • Frito-Lay Halts Work at CA Plant Due to COVID-19 Fears

    Snack maker Frito-Lay temporarily stopped work at its plant in Modesto, CA this week after several workers developed symptoms of COVID-19 and were self-quarantined, several local news organizations reported. Operations were paused to allow the company to deep clean the facility. The...

  • OSHA Fines Concrete Plant $90K for Crushing Hazards

    High Quality Concrete, a concrete plant in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, was issued a fine of $90,217 after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) uncovered a number of safety hazards at the facility, the agency said in a release Monday. An...

  • 4 Test Positive for Coronavirus at BASF Plant in US

    Four people who work at the BASF plant in Geismar, LA have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The chemical firm told television news station WAFB on Wednesday that two contractors and two employees have the virus.  The infected workers have been self-quarantining for more...

  • J.M. Smucker Takes Steps to Protect Staff from COVID-19

    American food firm J.M. Smucker Company announced Monday that it is implementing a series of measures to protect its workforce and the communities it operates in from the impacts of COVID-19.  The firm said it is screening workers’ temperatures across its locations and started...

  • AUMUND Ltda. Brazil Names New Managing Director

    AUMUND Group announced this week that Paulo Lima was named managing director of the AUMUND subsidiary in São Paulo, Brazil, AUMUND Ltda. Brazil, on March 1.  Lima has had a successful career in mechanical engineering, in particular conveying technology, for many years, with experience...

  • Cargill Gives Disinfecting Alcohol to Dutch Government

    American agribusiness Cargill is donating 60,000 liters of disinfecting alcohol to the Dutch government’s Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport (VWS) to distribute to hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the Netherlands to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the company...

  • COVID-19 Safety Concerns Prompt Walkout at Perdue Plant

    About 50 workers at the Perdue Farms poultry plant in Kathleen, GA staged a walkout on Monday morning in response to growing concerns about the safety of employees in the facility during the novel coronavirus outbreak, a local CBS News affiliate reported.  “We’re not...

  • Dawn Foods Sheds Frozen Bakery Plants in North America

    Bakery ingredients and bakery products manufacturer Dawn Foods has signed an agreement to divest its North American frozen manufacturing business, including several frozen bakery products manufacturing facilities, to Rise Baking Company, the company announced in a recent release....

  • Ruptured Pipe Causes Fire at Petrochemical Plant

    A pipe ruptured in a unit of the Abadan Petrochemicals Company plant in Abadan, Iran on Wednesday, causing a blaze to ignite, Iranian and international news organizations reported.  Fire crews were able to douse the small fire in about an hour, Reuters said, citing information from...