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  • Fire Doused at International Paper Facility in Virginia

    Workers evacuated the International Paper facility in Lynchburg, VA on Tuesday evening after a fire broke out in paper production equipment at the site, local news organizations reported.  Crews were called to International Paper’s corrugated box plant on Mayflower Drive at about 8 p.m...

  • Perdue Wraps Up $25M Expansion of S.C. Poultry Facility

    American food company Perdue Farms held an event on Tuesday to mark to the completion of a $25 million expansion of its harvest operation in Dillon County, South Carolina. Linked to the firm’s launch of “no-antibiotics-ever” chicken products, the project included the addition of a...

  • Food Ingredient Maker Fined for Failing to Conduct DHA

    Food ingredient manufacturer PacMoore Products Inc. was fined $19,250 for several safety hazards at the firm’s Hammond, IN facility, according to a recent safety noticed published the Indiana Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA). Among the...

  • 2 Hurt in Pressure Tank Blast at Florida Lotion Factory

    A pressure tank overheated and exploded at the Absolutely Natural manufacturing plant in Melbourne, FL on Monday, injuring two workers and causing damage to the facility, according to local news coverage.  Officials said the blast occurred at about 10:40 a.m. when liquid in the vessel reached...

  • ABB Debuts Application for Dry Bulk Material Handling

    Technology firm ABB released a new version of its ABB Ability digital solution to assist bulk material handling terminals and stockyards at coal-fired power plants, steel plants, and mines to optimize their operations, the company announced in a release Monday.  The ABB Ability Stockyard...

  • Smithfield Plans to Build Distribution Hub in Maryland

    The world’s largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods Inc., announced plans this month to build a new, 420,000-sq-ft distribution hub in Cecil County, Maryland to expand its service to customers in the Northeast U.S.  “This new distribution center is an essential part of our...

  • BASF to Grow Sodium Methylate Capacity in South America

    German chemicals firm BASF announced plans Monday to boost the production capacity of its sodium methylate factory in Guaratingueta, Brazil. When the project reaches completion in 2020, the facility’s output will be expanded by some 30% from 60,000 mt to 80,000 mt.  Used as a catalyst...

  • Braskem Picks Polypropylene Distributor for U.S. Market

    Brazilian-owned petrochemical firm Braskem USA formed a distribution partnership with North American polymer resin distributor and recycler PolyQuest Inc. for its U.S. polypropylene (PP) business, a recent company press release announced.  The biggest distributor of PET in the U.S.,...

  • Machine Fire Forces Evacuation of Iowa Candy Factory

    Workers were forced to evacuate the Palmer Candy Company production plant in Sioux City, IA Monday evening after a fire started in a piece of machinery inside the facility, local news organizations reported.   The blaze started on the second floor of the Bluff Street plant at about 5 p.m....

  • Volkmann Appoints Five New Manufacturer’s Rep Groups

    Volkmann Inc. announces the appointment of five new manufacturer’s representative groups to further strengthen and improve its sales and support activities throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The groups include: 1. Pace Co. of Virginia, Doris Harkness, principal, to cover all of...