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  • Monsanto Enters Tolling Agreement for Large Seed Processing

    Monsanto is entering into a 10-year tolling agreement with Seneca Foods Corporation for vegetable large seed processing operations, the St. Louis-based agricultural giant announced Aug. 4. Under the agreement, Seneca’s tolling services will include receiving, conditioning, treating,...

  • ND Food Processing Facility Kicks Off $30 Mil. Expansion

    AGT Foods, a Saskatchewan-based supplier of pulse crop food products, held a dedication ceremony for a $30 million expansion of its Minot, ND food processing plant on Aug. 5, multiple news outlets reported. The expansion will add 33,000 additional sq ft to the facility and about 20 jobs, according...

  • Hardy Celebrates 20th Anniversary of First Rockwell PLC Weighing Modules

    Hardy Process Solutions is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its breakthrough process weighing PLC Plug-in modules. Hardy was the first weighing company to engineer and manufacture PLC plug-in weight modules, which are used in applications including: batching/blending, filling/dispensing,...

  • OSHA Fines NJ Chemical Facility $115k for Safety Violations

    The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited a West Deptford, NJ chemical facility on August 1 for three repeat and eight serious safety violations, proposing fines totaling $115,000, the agency announced Thursday. OSHA inspectors visiting the...

  • US Employment in Manufacturing Remains Stable in July

    The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Friday that total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 255,000 this July, while the unemployment rate remained at 4.9%. While job gains were reported in professional and business services, health care, and financial activities...

  • $36.5 Mil. in Grants Available for US Specialty Crop Research

    19 grants totaling $36.5 million for specialty crop research and extension investments are available for American farmers that produce fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and other horticultural products, the US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced on Tuesday. Funded through...

  • Global Demand for Material Handling Equipment to Hit $176 Bil. by 2020

    A new market forecast estimates the world’s demand for material handling equipment will reach $176 billion by 2020, with China and developing nations expected to drive the market. The study by The Freedonia Group predicts that about two thirds of demand for new material handling machinery...

  • Kellogg’s Snacks to Shut Down Indiana Plant, Cut 150 Jobs

    A Kellogg’s snack plant in Seelyville, IN will close in 2017, multiple news organizations reported Tuesday. The company said the move was made as a cut back on its domestic cracker manufacturing capacity. About 150 jobs will be cut as a result of the plant’s closure, which is scheduled...

  • Shick Solutions Joins Bretèche Group

    Shick Solutions, a Kansas City, MO-based ingredient automation company, has joined Bretèche Industrie Group, a global company with eight plants located in France, Germany, and the Czech Republic that focus on the baking, dairy, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics markets. The company’s...

  • Jenike & Johanson Turns 50

    August 3, 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the founding of Jenike & Johanson. Fifty years ago today, Dr. Jerry Johanson resigned from his job at US Steel’s applied research laboratory in Monroeville, PA and joined Dr. Andrew Jenike, his thesis advisor from the University of Utah, to...