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  • Amcor Moves on $6B Acquisition of Packaging Firm Bemis

    Aiming to bolster its global position in consumer packaging, Australian rigid and flexible packaging firm Amcor Limited announced plans Monday to acquire U.S.-based packaging firm Bemis Company Inc. in an all-stock transaction valued at $6.8 billion. “The combination will enable us...

  • Wm. W. Meyer Names Fergus Keane National Sales Manager

    Wm. W. Meyer and Sons announce the addition of Fergus Keane as national sales manager. Keane is an accomplished sales and business development expert who brings over 20 years of experience in relevant fields.  Most recently, Keane served as vice president of Smico-Symons Screeners and A&J...

  • Bunge Agribusiness President Brian Thomsen to Retire

    Global agribusiness and food company Bunge Limited announced the retirement of the president of its Agribusiness segment, Brian Thomsen, on Monday. The executive plans to remain with the White Plains, NY-based firm through the end of 2018.  Thomsen joined Bunge in 2004 and has led...

  • Chinese Researchers Charged for Attempt to Steal Rice Seeds

    Two rice researchers from China have been charged in a conspiracy to steal rice production technology in an alleged attempt to bring this proprietary science back to China. Cody Hiland, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Diane Upchurch, Special Agent in Charge of the...

  • PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi to Step Down After 12-Year Run

    Food and beverage giant PepsiCo announced Monday that its chief executive officer Indra K. Nooyi will step down on Oct. 3 after serving for 12 years in the company’s top role. The company’s current president, Ramon Languarta, was named as her successor.  “Leading...

  • Arkema Faces $1M in Fines Over 2017 Chemical Plant Fire

    Chemical maker Arkema North America faces fines of up to $1 million after it allegedly “recklessly” released chemicals from its Crosby, TX manufacturing plant during the wake of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. On Saturday, a grand jury in Texas indicted the French-owned company....

  • Crews Fight Chemical Oven Fire at Pharmaceutical Plant

    A chemical oven fire at the Douglas Manufacturing Ltd. pharmaceutical production plant in Auckland, New Zealand on Aug. 4 generated a large response of emergency personnel, who were ordered to don HAZMAT suits as the battled the blaze.  News website Stuff.co.nz reported that 24 fire...

  • Dust Explosion Expert to Present Free Webinar on Aug. 9

    Combustible dust explosions and fires are an all too common event across a variety of industries that work with powders and bulk solids. Dr. Chris Cloney of DustEx Research Ltd. recently launched an effort to document combustible dust fires and explosions around the world in a new online database,...

  • LafargeHolcim Buys Denver-Area Ready-Mix Concrete Firm

    Building materials and cement firm LafargeHolcim recently purchased a ready-mix concrete firm serving the Denver, CO metropolitan area, expanding the firm’s assets in the U.S., a company press release announced Thursday. The acquisition of Metro Mix LLC includes two ready-mix concrete plants...

  • Firm to Open New Seed Coating Plant in Missouri

    Turf grass and forage seeds wholesaler and processor Smith Seed Services plans to open a new seed coating plant in Lamar, MO, the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced Wednesday.  “This company chose our state because of the great community in Lamar, the strong...