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  • Tate & Lyle Invests $75M in Corn Wet Mill Upgrade
    Food and beverage ingredients and solutions firm Tate & Lyle PLC is dedicating $75 million to install a new natural gas co-generation system at its corn wet milling plant in Lafayette, IN that will replace an existing coal-fired boiler, the company announced in a release Friday.  Once complete, the new gas turbines will reduce the site’s greenhouse […]
  • BASF and HP Develop New Polypropylene for 3D Printing
    Chemical firm BASF and technology company HP are debuting a new polypropylene (PP) additive manufacturing material that was developed for use with HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 3D printer, the companies announced in a joint release Thursday.  Created by BASF through a strategic alliance with HP, the HP 3D High Reusability PP enables users in the auto, consumer, […]
  • Fire Reported at Potato Chip Factory in Ohio
    An investigation has been opened into the cause of small blaze that broke out at the Grippo Potato Chip Company plant in Colerain Township, OH on Thursday morning, local news organizations reported.  An automatic sprinkler system activated in the facility at about 4 a.m., prompting a response from firefighters, coverage by a Cincinnati-based Fox News affiliate said. Crews observed […]
  • Coop to Boost Milling Capacity at Minnesota Feed Mill
    Farm supply and grain marketing cooperative Crystal Valley announced a new project this week that will expand and upgrade milling capacity at its feed mill in Vernon Center, MN.  Slated to begin this June, this effort will boost the site’s milling capacity by 75,000 tn/yr, according to the company. Crystal Valley plans to install ingredient bins, a […]
  • Illinois Firm Fined $69K After Worker Engulfed in Grain
    Grain and building materials firm Minooka Grain, Lumber & Supply Co. received several citations and a fine of $69,010 from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violating grain handling safety regulations at its grain facility in Minooka, IL, the agency announced in a release this week.  OSHA opened an […]
  • Top Chemical Industry Posts You Missed in May
    While the chemical manufacturers continued to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic in May, the US specialty chemicals market witnessed “record decline” and several major fires and explosions captured headlines. Also several large fines related to chemical facility safety issues were important stories last month. Powder & Bulk Solids editors selected these posts to provide our audience […]
  • COVID-19 Accelerates Closure of Russell Stover Plant
    Chocolates manufacturer Russell Stover is moving the planned closure date of its production plant and retail store in Montrose, CO from March 2021 to this July as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, according to a recent Worker Readjustment and Retaining Notification (WARN) Act letter sent by the company to the Colorado Department of Labor and […]
  • Dust-Related Fire at Pennsylvania Manufacturing Plant
    Fire crews responded to a small blaze at the TeckLane Manufacturing plant in Springdale, PA on Thursday morning, several local news organizations reported.  The fire started after a worker spun the wheels of a forklift and dust ignited, a TeckLane employee told CBS News affiliate KDKA.  Firefighters were called to the Railroad Street facility after the blaze […]
  • Equipment Fire at J.M. Smucker Plant in Kentucky
    A small fire ignited Wednesday at the J.M. Smucker Company Jif peanut butter plant in Lexington, KY, prompting a response from local firefighters, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WTVQ.  Crews were called to the Winchester Road facility at about 4:30 p.m. Fire officials told the news broadcaster that the flames were limited to a piece of […]
  • 3 COVID-19 Cases Found at Kraft Foods Plant in Missouri
    Three cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified among workers at the Kraft Foods manufacturing plant and warehouse in Springfield, MO, local news organizations reported this week. The news comes about two months after two other employees tested positive for COVID-19 and the company temporarily closed the facility for deep cleaning.  “All three employees are in […]