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  • 2018 Conveying Equipment Orders up 43%

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports that overall industry orders (bookings) for the first six months of 2018 increased 43.2% compared to the same period in 2017, with total orders of $8.85 billion. CEMA estimates industry billed sales (shipments) for the first six...

  • Martin Engineering Vibrators Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

    Following the success of its 2017 campaign, the global leader in bulk material handling technologies is repeating its Cougar Cares fundraising program for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Manufacturing a limited-edition series of Cougar brand DC truck vibrators...

  • U.S. Silica Invests $8M in Equipment for Texas Facility

    Frac sand and industrial minerals producer U.S. Silica held a ribbon cutting event Tuesday in celebration of an expansion project at the firm’s Kosse, TX sand mine and processing plant attended by Texas State Representative Kyle Kacal and U.S. Silica President and CEO Bryan Shinn....

  • POET Biorefining Completes $120M Plant Expansion Project

    The world’s largest maker of biofuels, POET Biorefining, held an event Wednesday to mark the completion of a $120 million expansion project project at its Marion, OH facility, a company press release announced.  POET Biorefining’s investment increased the site’s capacity by...

  • Dust Eyed as Cause of Explosion, Fire at Bitumen Plant

    Emergency crews responded to an explosion and fire a bitumen plant in Parkes, Australia on Wednesday morning, the Parkes Champion-Postreported. Firefighters were called to the Civil Independence facility located in the Australian state of New South Wales at about 7:30 a.m. Officials told the...

  • LANXESS Plans New Plastics Compounding Plant in Germany

    German specialty chemicals maker LANXESS plans to open a new plastics compounding facility at its existing site in Krefeld-Uerdingen, Germany to bolster its position in the global plastics market, the firm said in a press release Wednesday. In addition to the plant, the company will also construct...

  • TreeHouse Foods Adds New Member to Board

    American firm TreeHouse Foods Inc. recently named food safety and regulation expert Jean Spence as a new independent director to the Board effective on Sept. 4 this year, a recent press release said. Spence will become the firm’s 10th board member.  “We are pleased to welcome...

  • OSHA Fines Georgia Peanut Processing Plant $309K

    The operator of a Leesburg, GA peanut processing plant faces penalties of $309,505 after the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the company, Great Southern Peanut LLC, two citations for safety hazards, the agency announced in a press release...

  • Indian Gov’t Conducts Mass Inspections of Soy Meal Plants

    The Indian government recently conducted inspections at the country’s top 15 soy meal processing plants as part of efforts to increase its exports of the product to China, the Times of Indiareported Tuesday. Representatives from Export Inspection Council India, Directorate of Plant...

  • Ethanol Firm Green Plains to Shutter Two Plants in Iowa

    Omaha, NE-based ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. intends to close two of its ethanol plants in Iowa, sources told Reuters in an article published Tuesday. The move is reportedly in response to dwindling profit margins.  Work at the company’s ethanol plant in Superior, IA has been...