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  • Blue Buffalo Breaks Ground on $150M Pet Food Plant

    America’s largest natural pet food company, Blue Buffalo, broke ground Friday on a $150 million pet food manufacturing and R&D facility in Richmond, IN. The Indiana plant is expected to open in 2017, employing about 165 local workers, producing BLUE brand natural pet food. “We are...

  • Monsanto Enters Genome Editing Tech Licensing Agreement

    Monsanto, the world’s largest provider of seeds, announced Thursday that it has signed an agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University's Broad Institute to license the use of CRISPR-Cas genome editing technology for agricultural uses. The...

  • Conveyor Equipment Executives Concerned about 2016

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports that overall industry orders (bookings) for the first six months of 2016 decreased 0.93% compared to the same period in 2015, with total orders of $5.67 billion. CEMA estimates industry billed sales (shipments) for the first six months...

  • Procter & Gamble’s Manufacturing Footprint to Shrink

    The global manufacturing capacity of Cincinnati, OH-based Procter & Gamble (P&G) is “set to shrink to the smallest it has been in more than 20 years,” USA Today reported Wednesday. 17 of the companies factories have been shuttered or sold over the past half-decade. Coty, maker...

  • Health Care, Regulations Top Manufacturer Growth Concerns

    The National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) third quarter 2016 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey reveals that increasing health care costs and regulatory oversight are the biggest concerns for the growth of US manufacturers. “Manufacturers continue to grapple not just with...

  • Fish Meal Dust Eyed as Cause of Alaska Plant Explosion

    Investigators are considering fish meal dust as the cause of an explosion at an Unalaska, AK Westward Seafoods plant on Monday, KTOO news reported Tuesday. “The best guess is that there was some type of an explosion caused by the fish dust being ignited in a confined area,” said...

  • OSHA Fines Food Processor $88K after Severe Injuries

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to poultry processing producer, Koch Foods of Mississippi LLC, Morton, MS, on Sept. 16, 2016, for nine serious safety violations. OSHA initiated two investigations after learning two...

  • Spiroflow Systems Names Mackrill Chief Operating Officer

    Spiroflow Systems has named Don Mackrill chief operating officer effective immediately. In his new role, Mackrill will have complete operational control for all powder handling projects from engineering through production, customer delivery, and customer service.     Mackrill is...

  • U.S. Specialty Chemicals Market Rises Again

    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reported that U.S. specialty chemicals market volumes rose 0.3 percent in August. This follows a 0.4 percent gain in July and a 0.3 percent decline in June. All changes in the data are reported on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis. Of the 28 specialty...

  • KWS Manufacturing Names Fagley Director of EHS

    KWS Manufacturing Company, Ltd, a leading manufacturer of screw conveyors in the U.S., hired Wayne Fagley, CSP as director of environmental health and safety (EHS). Fagley’s extensive experience includes over 26 years at Bell Helicopter as safety process manager and senior EHS specialist...