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  • BASF Adds Capacity at Compounding Plant in Mexico

    German chemicals and materials firm BASF recently completed an expansion project at its Altamira, Mexico compounding plant that added 15,000 tn/yr of capacity for engineering plastics, the firm announced in a recent release.  The increased output will support BASF’s local production of...

  • GEA Finishes Work on Instant Coffee Plant in Vietnam

    Food processing technology supplier GEA recently finished work on Tata Coffee Limited, India’s new freeze dried instant coffee plant in Vietnam, a release announced Monday. Operated by Tata Coffee subsidiary Tata Coffee Vietnam Company Limited, the facility in the Binh Duong Province features...

  • Crew Frees Man from Conveyor at Gavilon Grain Facility

    Crews from several area fire and law enforcement departments responded to Gavilon Grain’s facility west of Jamestown, ND last Thursday after a worker’s foot became trapped in a piece of machinery, several local news organizations reported.  The Jamestown Rescue Squad and personnel...

  • Tea Maker Milo’s Breaks Ground on $60M Oklahoma Plant

    Ready-to-drink tea and lemonade manufacturer Milo’s Tea Company broke ground on a new, $60 million manufacturing and distribution center in Tulsa, OK, the Birmingham, AL-based firm announced in a release Monday.  “From our initial visit, Tulsa felt like our second home,” the...

  • Lynas-Blue Line JV to Open Rare Earths Plant in Texas

    Australian mining company Lynas Corporation Ltd. and American rare earths processing firm Blue Line Corporation are teaming up to open a new rare earths separation plant in the U.S. The companies announced Monday that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed, creating a joint venture that...

  • Shell Explores Options for New MEG Plant in Louisiana

    Oil, gas and chemicals firm Royal Dutch Shell is exploring options to construct a new, $1.2 billion monoethylene glycol (MEG) plant at the company’s production complex in Geismar, LA. Shell Chemicals Vice President for Gulf Coast Manufacturing Rhoman Hardy and Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards...

  • LifeLine to Boost Masa Flour Output at Missouri Plant

    Food ingredients producer LifeLine Foods LLC plans to invest $12 million to add a second masa corn flour mill at its St. Joseph, MO headquarters, the company announced in a recent press release.  During the project, LifeLine will spend $6.5 million to acquire new machinery and $5.5 million to...

  • Dust Explosion Reported at Wisconsin Feed Mill

    Firefighters from three municipalities worked to put out a fire in a dust collection unit on Thursday at the Synergy Cooperative feed facility near Elk Mound, WI, ABC News affiliate WQOW reported.  A dust explosion reportedly occurred in a fertilizer leg pipe in the evening hours, Synergy...

  • What You Need to Know About the New Edition of NFPA 652

    The 2019 edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust was released in mid-2018, proving facility operators with an updated version of the document to help manage hazards. Originally published in 2016, NFPA 652 is a unique...

  • Metal Detector Protects Wanner Granulators from Damage

    Wanner´s granulators are used in plastic recycling to granulate sprues and defective parts coming from the production of injection molded, blow molded or extruded thermoplastic products. The machines from the Xtra series have hardened cutting tools made of high quality steel. This guarantees...