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  • OSHA Seeks Input on Proposed Lockout/Tagout Rule Update

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is requesting information on a possible update to the Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout (LOTO)) standard. The agency is interested in comments on the use of control circuit-type devices to isolate...

  • GP to Spend $100M on Dixie Plant Expansion in Kentucky

    Koch Industries-owned pulp, paper, and packaging company Georgia-Pacific revealed plans Wednesday to invest some $100 million in an upgrade of its Bowling Green, KY production facility. The project will enable the company to produce Dixie plates and bowls in a wider range of sizes.  Georgia-...

  • Solvay to Collaborate with Stratasys on AM Materials

    Advanced materials and specialty chemicals firm Solvay announced Wednesday that it has entered into a cooperation agreement with 3D printing solutions company Stratasys to create new additive manufacturing (AM) filaments that will be used in Solvay’s Stratasys FDM F900 3D Printers. “...

  • ACC Report Shows U.S. Chemical Production Grew in April

    According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.3% in April, following a 0.3% decline in March and a 0.2% decline in February. During April, chemical output was higher across all regions. Chemical production was mixed over the...

  • GEAPS, K-State Offers Quality Management Systems Course

    Registration is now open for three courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State) Distance Education Program.  These online courses run from June 25 – July 30, and registration closes Wed., June 19. Courses are open to anyone,...

  • Louis Dreyfus, Chinese Firm Break Ground on Feed Mill

    Agribusiness Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) and Chinese feed company Guangdong HAID Group Co. Ltd. broke ground this Wednesday on a new feed mill in Tianjin, China that the two companies will operate through a joint venture, Tianjin Rongchuan Feed Co. Ltd. Slated to open by mid-2020, the facility...

  • Hi-Crush Partners Names New Chief Operating Officer

    Proppant and logistics solutions firm Hi-Crush Partners LLC announced Wednesday that Michael Alan Oehlert began his new role as chief operating officer on May 21.  “Alan’s unique set of experiences will help to ensure industry-leading execution on behalf of our customers, while at...

  • EIRICH Machines Inc. Names New Managing Director

    Material processing equipment and solutions provider EIRICH Machines recently named Matthias Erdmannsdoerfer as its new managing director. The executive started his new role on April 1. “Matthias brings extensive experience developing and managing top-line growth through strategic...

  • Cargill Invests in Lab-Grown Meat Producer Aleph Farms

    American agribusiness Cargill recently announced that it is investing in Aleph Farms, a producer of cultured meat, as global demand for protein is poised to jump by about 70% over the next three decades.  “Consumer demand for protein continues to be very strong. That means...

  • OSHA Fines Food Manufacturer $152K for Machine Hazards

    Snack food and frozen beverages manufacturer and distributor J&J Snack Foods Corporation was ordered to pay a $152,934 fine as part of a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on citations for machine-related hazards. ...