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  • BASF Delays Annual Shareholders’ Meeting Due to COVID-19

    German firm BASF is rescheduling its annual shareholders' meeting as the novel coronavirus continues to spread in Germany, the company said in a release Monday. Originally planned for April 30 at the Rosengarten Congress Center, BASF said it will now hold the meeting some time before...

  • AkzoNobel Buys Stake in Turkey-Based Powder Coatings JV

    Specialty chemicals and materials firm AkzoNobel made a deal to purchase the remaining 25% stake in a powder coatings joint venture in Turkey, Akzo Nobel Boya Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., the company announced in a March 6 release. The company held a majority share in the JV prior to the...

  • Toilet Paper Maker GP Limits Access to Plants

    Moving to safeguard its operations amid the COVID-19 crisis, toilet paper manufacturer Georgia-Pacific (GP) said in statement to its employees on Monday that it is limiting access to its production operations to only essential workers, contractors, and vendors.  “Local site...

  • USDA Working with Private Sector in Response to COVID-19

    US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced new contacts to encourage communication with USDA on Tuesday to help feed kids and ensure the United States food supply chain remains strong in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  “Food is essential all year round, but in the face of a...

  • Micromeritics Accelerates Catalyst Development

    Micromeritics Instrument Corp., a provider of material characterization technologies, has extended its suite of complementary instruments for heterogeneous catalyst testing so customers can now readily select multiple systems that work efficiently together to accelerate catalyst development....

  • USDA Ensures Food Safety During COVID-19 Outbreak

    The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is ensuring the safety and timely delivery of the US food supply while protecting the health of USDA employees during this COVID-19 National Emergency. On Monday, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach and USDA Deputy Under...

  • USDA Continues Focus on Service During COVID-19 Outbreak

    While President Donald J. Trump continues to take action during this COVID-19 National Emergency and enact measures to ensure Americans are safe, secure, and healthy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to be open for business to provide services to the American people. US Secretary of...

  • ExxonMobil Looks to Cut Operating Costs Due to COVID-19

    Oil and gas firm ExxonMobil said Monday that it is examining ways to “significantly reduce spending” as the COVID-19 pandemic rocks global markets and pushes commodity prices down.  “Based on this unprecedented environment, we are revaluating all appropriate steps...

  • 5 Hurt in Possible Dust Explosion in North Carolina

    Five contract workers were injured in an explosion last Wednesday morning at the Valley Proteins processing plant in Rose Hill, NC, local and national news organizations reported. The victims were reportedly using welding equipment when the blast occurred.  The explosion happened at...

  • Firm Fined $367K After Conveyor-Related Injury

    British poultry processing firm Chesterfield Poultry Ltd was cited for several safety violations and issued a fine of £300,000 (or about $367,000) after a piece of conveying equipment severed a worker’s thumb at its Doncaster, England facility, Great Britain’s occupational safety...