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  • Supplements Firm Ion Labs Buys 1000-cu-ft Powder Blender

    Supplements contract manufacturer Ion Labs announced Thursday that the company has purchased a 1000-cu-ft powder blender to improve its manufacturing capabilities for powder-based supplements.  The Largo, FL-based firm said the new equipment will serve as a primary piece of machinery in for...

  • Covestro Names New Plant Manager for Baytown Facility

    Polymer manufacturer Covestro LLC announced Thursday that Demetri Zervoudis was named senior vice president and the new site manager of the company’s biggest U.S. manufacturing site in Baytown, TX. The current plant manager, Rod Herrick, will move to a new role of venture manager, in charge...

  • Athabasca Minerals Takes Stake in Alberta Frac Sand Site

    A subsidiary of aggregates supplier and marketer Athabasca Minerals, AMI Silica Inc., recently entered into an agreement to acquire an interest in Privco2, a private company that owns and operates the Duvernay Frac Sand Project in Alberta, the firm announced in a press release Tuesday. “With...

  • Eight-Alarm Fire Damages Marcal Paper Mill in New Jersey

    A massive, eight-alarm fire Wednesday evening at the Marcal Paper Mills in Elmwood Park, NJ, destroying several buildings at the facility and forcing some residents living near the plant to evacuate the area, according to coverage by local news organizations.  Firefighters were called to the...

  • U.S. Chemical Production Ends 2018 on a High Note

    According to the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the U.S. Chemical Production Regional Index (U.S. CPRI) rose by 0.6% in December, following a 0.3% gain in November and a 0.4% decline in October. During December, chemical output rose across all regions, with the largest gains in the Ohio Valley...

  • Lonza CEO Richard Ridlinger to Step Down This Year

    Swiss pharmaceutical and biotechnology firm Lonza announced this week that Marc Funk will become the company's chief executive officer on March 1 as its current head, Richard Ridlinger, prepares to retire this year.  Ridlinger, who held the leadership role for the past seven years, plans...

  • Tyson Recalls Chicken Amid Rubber Contamination Concerns

    A Tyson Foods plant in Sedalia, MO issued a recall for 36,420 lbs. panko chicken nuggets due amid concerns that some of the products may be tainted with pieces of rubber, a press release published Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said....

  • ExxonMobil to Expand Crude Capacity at Texas Refinery

    Oil and gas firm ExxonMobil revealed plans Tuesday to add a new crude processing unit at Beaumont, TX refinery that will boost the site’s capacity by over 65%, or about 250,000 barrels/day. As crude oil production increases in the Permian Basin, the new asset will focus on the processing of...

  • Dryer Fire Damages at Maine Paper Products Plant

    An equipment malfunction caused a four-alarm fire on Tuesday at the Huhtamaki paper products manufacturing plant in Waterville, ME that left one firefighter with injuries and caused damages to the facility. Crews were called to the College avenue scene at about 5:30 p.m. Personnel from about 15...

  • Blue Diamond Starts Processing Plant Expansion Project

    Almond processor Blue Diamond Growers scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to mark the beginning of work on a new 52,000-sq-ft building at its Turlock, CA manufacturing plant.  Slated for completion in spring 2020, the new structure will house automated processing and packaging...