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  • Dust Explosion Injures 2 at Ethanol Plant in Indiana

    Two people were injured in a dust explosion that occurred in a grain loading area at the POET Biorefining ethanol plant in Cloverdale, IN last Friday, several local news organizations reported.  The plant’s general manager, Jamie Hernandez, told Indianapolis-based CBS News...

  • Blue Buffalo Opens $200M Pet Food Plant in U.S. Midwest

    Natural pet food company Blue Buffalo opened its new, $200 manufacturing facility in Richmond, IN on Tuesday, the firm’s parent company, General Mills, announced in a release. The new plant is capable of producing over 1 million lb/day of dry cat and dog food.  “With this expanded...

  • Tosoh Invests $8.5M to Expand Ohio Production Plant

    Advanced materials and chemicals manufacturer Tosoh America Inc. plans to invest $8.4 million in the expansion of its Grove City, OH production facility, economic development organization for the Columbus, OH region, Columbus 2020, announced in a recent release.  The company will dedicate $4....

  • Blue Diamond to Build Bulk Almond Receiving Warehouse

    Almond processing and marketing cooperative Blue Diamond Growers broke ground on a new bulk almond receiving warehouse at the firm’s Salida, CA facility capable of storing 50 million pounds of almond meats, the California-based company announced in a release Wednesday.  “Blue...

  • Dryer Fire Extinguished at Kellogg’s Plant in Michigan

    Firefighters put out a blaze in a piece of cereal rice drying equipment at the Kellogg’s production plant in Battle Creek, MI on Wednesday, according to several local media reports.  Battle Creek Fire Department personnel responded to the Porter Street scene at about 10:45 p.m. and were...

  • Auger Accident Claims Life at Indiana Ethanol Plant

    A contract worker died Wednesday in an industrial accident involving an auger at the Valero Renewable Fuels ethanol plant in Bluffton, IN, according to local law enforcement officials.  “The worker was performing maintenance work on a large auger when the accident occurred. The scene...

  • OSHA Investigating Chemical Spill at Tyson Plant

    Five employees were sent to a hospital Tuesday after an undisclosed cleaning agent was spilled at a Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in northwest Arkansas. Springdale Fire Department Captain Matt Bagley said employees were complaining of breathing problems and skin burns when firefighters...

  • Protix Opens World’s Largest, Most Advanced Insect Farm

    His Majesty King Willem-Alexander officially opened the world's largest insect farm at Protix in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands on June 11, 2019. Protix produces insects for sustainable proteins by using plant waste from the environment as feed for insects. The proteins and other nutrients of...

  • OSHA Fines Chemical Manufacturer for Exposing Workers to Toxic Gas

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Croda Inc. after a chemical release at the New Castle, DE manufacturing plant exposed workers to ethylene oxide. The company faces $262,548 in penalties. OSHA initiated an inspection after the exposure...

  • Kellogg Taking $35 Million Hit, Cutting 150 Jobs

    Kellogg Co. announced Tuesday that it is taking a $35 million pretax hit to restructure its North American business as aresult of its recent sale of its cookie business and other assets.   The comany revealed that it is eliminating 150 jobs in North America as its reorganization...