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  • Fire Crews Respond to Dust Fire at Wood Pellet Plant

    Crews from several fire departments responded to a fire at the Maine Woods Pellet Co. pellet plant in Athens, ME early Friday morning after dust ignited at the site, several local news organizations reported.  A spark in a dust control system at the plant ignited a fire in dust collection...

  • The Top 5 Powder & Bulk Solids Headlines in August 2018

    August is traditionally a slow month for news, but several major explosions in the U.S. and a major plastics production expansion project in Texas grabbed readers’ attention. To provide an overview of the most popular stories on PowderBulkSolids.com last month, managing editor John S....

  • Cargill Finishes $17M Upgrade at Vegetable Oil Refinery

    American agribusiness Cargill announced the completion of $17.5 million upgrade at its edible vegetable oil refinery in Izegem, Belgium on Thursday that will help the company comply with changes to European Union (EU) food safety and infant nutrition regulations. The project increased...

  • Report: U.S. Faces “Extreme” Demand Growth for Frac Sand

    On-going drilling and completion operations in the U.S. and a recent uptick in capital investment in oil and gas exploration in areas like the Permian Basin and are fueling “extreme” growth demand for frac sand, according to a new report by business intelligence firm IHS Markit. ...

  • DuPont to Open R&D Center for Clean Label Ingredients

    Food ingredient solutions provider DuPont Nutrition & Health plans to open a new “clean label hub” at its Brabrand, Denmark facility that will serve as a research and development center for nutrition-related products and clean label texturants, a company press release...

  • Kraft Heinz Fined $26K By OSHA for Safety Violations

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Kraft Heinz Food Company on Aug. 15 after an investigation this June at its Fremont, OH manufacturing plant revealed four serious violations of health and safety laws.  Agency officials issued...

  • Explosion at Aluminum Factory Leaves Five Dead

    A blast killed five people at an aluminum facility in Jiangyin, China early Tuesday morning, Reuters reported, attributing the information to Chinese state news sources.  Emergency crews responded to the site after the explosion was reported at about 2 a.m., according coverage by...

  • Lafarge Invests $19M to Upgrade Dust Control Systems

    A subsidiary of building materials firm LafargeHolcim, Lafarge Malaysia Berhad, is investing RM80 million (about $19.3 million) to replace aging dust control systems with bag filters at its three cement plants in the country, a press release announced Wednesday. The company recently held an...

  • Drug Maker Boehringer to Open Tablet Production Plant

    German pharmaceutical manufacturing firm Boehringer Ingelheim recently held a groundbreaking event to mark the beginning of construction on its new tablet production plant in Ingelheim, Germany, the firm announced in an Aug. 21 press release. Investing €85 million, or about $99...

  • 4 Killed, 3 Injured in Massive Grain Silo Explosion

    A large silo explosion and fire at the Grain Marketing Board grain storage depot in Lion’s Den, Zimbabwe on Tuesday afternoon killed four workers and left three with injuries, a number of local news organizations reported.  The strength of the blast tore through reinforced concrete and...