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  • Chemical Plant Blast in Alabama Kills Worker

    An explosion Tuesday at the Umicore Specialty Chemicals plant in Arab, AL left a worker with fatal injuries, several local news organizations reported.  Arab Fire Chief Ricky Phillips told news website AL.com that the incident occurred at about 2 p.m. as work was being performed on...

  • Spangler Candy Takes on Several NECCO Brands

    Ohio-based confectionery maker Spangler Candy Company has acquired two brands, Sweethearts and NECCO Wafers, and associated equipment from the bankrupt firm New England Confectionery Company (NECCO), a recent press release announced.  In addition to the purchase of the candy brands, the...

  • CSB Offers Winterization Tips for Process Plant Equipment

    The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a new Safety Digest document on Tuesday that provides operators of chemical and process plants with information on safeguarding equipment and instrumentation during cold weather. “When the temperature drops, the freezing...

  • Fram Fuels to Invest $15M in Georgia Wood Pellet Plant

    Wood pellet supplier Fram Renewable Fuels plans to invest $15 million in a production facility in Brantley County, Georgia, according to an announcement Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD).  The plant will be operated by Archer Forest Products, a division of Fram...

  • GEAPS, K-State Offer Four October Courses

    Registration is now open for four grain handling and processing operations courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University in October. These online courses run from Oct. 30 through Dec. 1, and registration closes Oct. 23.  Courses can be completed any...

  • Fire Rips Through Nut Processing Plant in Australia

    Over 80 firefighters worked for about five hours on Tuesday to put down a large fire at a nut processing plant in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said in a press release. About 10 staff members were evacuated from the site, while those living near the...

  • Kraft Heinz Canada Closes Purchase of Ethical Bean Coffee

    The Canadian subsidiary of American food firm Kraft Heinz Company announced Monday that its acquisition of Vancouver, BC-based certified organic, Fairtrade coffee roaster Ethical Bean Coffee has reached completion, expanding its position in the country’s coffee market.  “Kraft...

  • BASF Starts Project to Expand Vitamin A Plant in Germany

    German firm BASF recently began work on a project to expand production of Vitamin A at a Ludwigshafen, Germany facility, a company press release announced this month. First announced in 2016, the revamp of the plant will boost BASF’s capacity for the supplements by 1500 MT.  “The...

  • Firmenich to Acquire Flavor Solutions Firm Senomyx

    Swiss flavors and fragrances firm Firmenich recently formed a definitive merger agreement with American flavor ingredients producer Senomyx, a joint press release announced Monday. The boards of directors at both firms have approved the deal.  “Senomyx has established itself as a leader...

  • Fire at Nestle R&D Site in Ohio Causes $300K in Damages

    Officials in Solon, OH said a Sept. 13 fire at the Nestle Global Research & Development Center caused an estimated $300,000 in damages, several local news organizations reported.  Firefighters responded to the facility at about 11 a.m. after receiving a report of a blaze in a piece of...