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  • Worker Dies in Machinery-Related Incident at Dow Plant

    A worker died Tuesday night at the Dow Canada Prentiss polyethylene production plant near Red Deer, AB in a machinery-related incident, local news organizations reported.  “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a colleague, and we are working closely with all parties involved to...

  • CSB Gathering Public Input on Combustible Dust Issues

    As part of its investigation into the May 2017 explosion at a Didion Milling facility in Wisconsin, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) unveiled a new effort this week to collect comments from industry, researchers, and other stakeholders on combustible dust management and...

  • BASF JV Starts Up New Polyoxymethylene Plant in Korea

    A joint venture between German chemical giant BASF and Korean plastics manufacturer KOLON PLASTICS recently commenced operations at a new, $200 million polyoxymethylene (POM) production facility located in Gimcheon, Korea, a press release announced Thursday. The new KOLON BASF innoPOM Inc....

  • Agribusinesses Launch Plan to Revamp Commodities Trading

    The ABCDs of Agribusiness – Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Bunge Limited, Cargill, and Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) – are teaming up in a new effort to revamp the way agricultural commodities are traded through the use of advanced digital technologies including blockchain and artificial...

  • Air Liquide Opens New Specialty Chemicals Plant in U.S.

    Specialty chemicals and materials firm Air Liquide Advanced Materials Inc. (ALAM) held a ribbon cutting event on Oct. 19 to mark the inauguration of its new specialty chemicals production site in Upper Mount Bethel, PA, the company announced in a press release Wednesday.  The site features...

  • Control Concepts Opens New Office, Warehouse in Singapore

    Control Concepts Inc, a provider of material flow handling systems, announced the opening of Control Concepts Asia Pte Ltd, with an office and warehouse in Singapore.  In addition, the firm named David Verlee to the role of President, Asia Pacific, where he will be responsible for the overall...

  • Fire at Manitoba Asphalt Plant Forces Evacuations

    A fire at a Transcona, MB asphalt plant on Monday sent a large volume of smoke into the air, forcing officials to evacuate businesses and a school near the facility. Crews responded to the Pounder Emulsions plant located near Winnipeg at about 10 a.m., arriving to find several asphalt tanks ablaze...

  • Cigarette Starts Fire at Cargill Plant in Iowa

    A cigarette appears to be the cause of a fire Tuesday at the Cargill plant in Sioux City, IA, local news organizations reported. The blaze ignited in an ashtray on the exterior of the facility and spread to a bench, causing significant smoke damage to the building.  An employee spotted smoke...

  • Five-Story Dryer Catches on Fire at South Dakota Plant

    Firefighters responded to a fire in a five-story tall dryer at an animal food ingredients and supplements production plant in South Dakota early Monday morning, several local news organizations reported.  Workers evacuated the Sterling Technology plant after staff observed fire in the...

  • Calanese Launches Debottlenecking Effort at POM Plant

    Specialty materials firm Calanese Corporation is kicking off a debottlenecking project at its polyoxymethylene (POM) production facility in Frankfurt, Germany, a company press release announced this month.  “Calanese continues to exhibit its leadership position in the manufacture and...