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Blast At BP Refinery Sparks Fire, Rattles Homes

August 28, 2014 10:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion at BP oil refinery in northwestern Indiana along Lake Michigan rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it ...                 

Chicken Cutlets Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

August 28, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New Jersey company is recalling more than 8,300 pounds of chicken cutlets because of possible...

FDA Investigating Large Maine Lobster Processor

August 28, 2014 9:25 am | by Patrick Whittle, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Maine's major lobster processors says it has addressed a battery of violations brought...

Manufacturer Brings 1,200 Jobs To Charlotte

August 27, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Charlotte City Council has approved an incentive package for Sealed Air Corp., which...

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2 Killed And More Injured In Plant Explosion

August 25, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say two people are dead and more are injured after an explosion at a recycling plant in southern Illinois. Granite City police tell television stations KMOV and KTVI that the bomb squad ...       

Allergan Reviews Meeting Requests In Takeover Bid

August 25, 2014 1:04 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox maker Allergan Inc. is reviewing shareholder requests for a special meeting to consider replacing most of its board, a change fellow drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is seeking ...       

Water Leads To Chemical That Gunks Up Biofuels Production

August 21, 2014 12:15 pm | by Mary Beckman, PNNL | News | Comments

Trying to understand the chemistry that turns plant material into the same energy-rich gasoline and diesel we put in our vehicles, researchers have discovered that water in the conversion process helps ...        

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Pet Food Factory Opens In Joplin

August 21, 2014 10:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 A pet food company has opened its first $90 million factory in Joplin. The Joplin Globe reports the Heartland Pet Foods Manufacturing plant opened Wednesday ...              

Protesters Target NC Chicken Processing Plant

August 20, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cumberland County Commissioners now know that dozens of their constituents oppose a proposed $113 million chicken processing plant in the area. The Fayetteville Observer reports that more than ...       

Ex-Peanut Plant Head Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 12:33 pm | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after ...      

Spanish Ebola Patient Gets Experimental Drug

August 11, 2014 6:28 am | by By Ciaran Giles - Associated Press | News | Comments

Spain has imported a U.S.-made experimental Ebola drug to treat a Spanish missionary priest who was evacuated from Liberia last week after testing positive for the killer virus. The Health Ministry announced Monday that the ZMapp drug, made by Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc. of San Diego, was...

Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts The Web

August 11, 2014 2:25 am | by John Magsam - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Associated Press | News | Comments

At the House of Webster, it's all about the jams, jellies, apple butter, syrups, mustard and relish — all things that can be packaged in a Mason jar. The privately held company turned 80 this year and is ...         

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Software Worth Its Value In Platinum: South African Smelter Embraces Big Data

August 5, 2014 12:09 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Africa’s economic expansion was largely driven by commodities over the last decade. But today, satisfying demand involves more than just pulling ore and minerals from the ground faster. Companies like South Africa’s platinum producer Lonmin are ...

5 Ways to Improve Order Fulfillment

July 31, 2014 4:13 pm | by Kardex Remstar, LLC | Articles | Comments

A new white paper from Kardex Remstar reviews 5 order improvement strategies. There’s always room for improvement in a picking operation — whether it’s faster throughput, optimized labor productivity ...        

Company To Fight Penalties In Omaha Plant Collapse

July 30, 2014 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A livestock feed company intends to contest citations and proposed penalties issued by federal safety regulators after the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees. International Nutrition has notified the Occupational Health and Safety Administration that it will ...

Most Innovative Companies #10: Aggressive Grinding Service

January 7, 2014 2:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Coming in at #10 is Aggressive Grinding Service, headquartered in Latrobe, Penn., which was selected because of their unique business model — by attaching themselves to the region's shale gas boom, and being stationed right in the heartland of the Marcellus hotspot, they've achieved enormous success.

Lessons Learned: When Disaster Strikes A Chemical Plant

January 6, 2014 9:47 am | by Complex Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

If a natural disaster hit your business, would you be prepared? How would you recover from the damage to your infrastructure? Unfortunately, Complex Chemical Co., Inc. had to learn the real-life answers to these questions when, on April 24th, 2010, a powerful EF-3 tornado hit their chemical processing plant in Tallulah, Louisiana.

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EPA: Chevron Violated Law At California Refinery

December 18, 2013 9:09 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. The EPA filed a formal notice against Chevron finding 62 violations of federal environmental laws after an investigation spurred by the Aug. 6, 2012, fire.

A Close Call With The Beloved Sriracha

November 1, 2013 8:30 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

Wednesday night, I heard, to my dismay, that the sole manufacturing facility for Sriracha hot sauce, located in Irwindale, Calif., may be shuttered. According to the city, allegations of burning eyes and throats have been rolling in — 30 or so in all, according to the Los Angeles Times — and it’s become enough for the city to declare the plant a “public nuisance” in violation of local ordinances regarding untoward odors.

Interface Goes ‘Restorative,’ Turns Pollution Into Carpeting

September 25, 2013 12:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While the booming era of “going green” and “sustainability” in manufacturing has come and gone over the last few years, there are still innovative manufacturers that are working hard to reduce their impact on the environment. Interface Inc. has taken those efforts to another level with a program that not only utilizes recycled materials, but also helps impoverished farmers across the globe make a better living.

Early Pumpkin Beers Brew Dismay Among Drinkers

September 4, 2013 7:39 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Labor Day may be considered the unofficial end of summer, but some craft brewers couldn't even wait until then to roll out their pumpkin and other fall seasonal beers. Many already have been in stores and on taps for a month. And not all beer drinkers are saying, "Cheers!"

New 'Green Energy' Plants For 3 La. Locations

August 26, 2013 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Denver-based company called Cool Planet Energy Systems plans three Louisiana projects that will create 72 new jobs. Cool Planet announced the plans Friday for bio-refineries in Alexandria, Natchitoches and a site still to be determined. The company plans to use harvest wood waste and forest...

3 Dead, 10 Injured By Ammonia Leak In Mexico

August 21, 2013 8:15 am | News | Comments

The government of the southern state of Oaxaca says the leak occurred after construction machinery operated by a private company hit a pipeline that carries ammonia to a petrochemical plant. The government says the pipeline rupture Tuesday caused an explosion.

10,000-Gallon Tank Explodes At Pa. Plant; 1 Dead

August 20, 2013 7:43 am | News | Comments

The explosion happened Monday evening at Brownies Oil Co. in the Reynolds Industrial Park in Mercer County, in western Pennsylvania. The industrial park is in Greenville, a remote borough of around 6,000 residents about 80 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and near the Ohio line.

Replacing Third Parties With A ‘Skunkworks’?

August 15, 2013 11:21 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Boeing, Lockheed Martin | Articles | Comments

The original “Skunk Works,” which gave credence to what is now little more than a business idiom, referred to a division of Lockheed Martin responsible exceptionally future-thinking aerospace design. Today, some companies, like Primus Green Energy, have mixed that philosophy with one called “dogfooding.”

How To Manage Machinery Lubrication (Part II): The Role Of Sealing Systems

August 14, 2013 9:13 pm | by Bryan A. Ogden, Business Development-Food & Beverage for SKF USA Inc. | Articles | Comments

Seals for food and beverage processing equipment play vital roles in protecting bearings and lubricants. From the perspective of managing lubrication, a seal’s primary purpose will be to retain lubricant in the system and keep contaminants from degrading or otherwise harming the grease.

BP Balks At Paying Claims Czar

August 7, 2013 8:23 am | News | Comments

A court hearing is set for BP to justify why it has balked at paying more than $130 million in fees to the administrator of its multi-billion dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents after the company's 2010 oil spill.    

Perrigo To Buy Elan For $8.6B

July 29, 2013 8:50 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. drugmaker Perrigo agreed Monday to buy Ireland's Elan for $8.6 billion in a deal that should allow the rapidly growing company to reduce its tax bill and boost its royalty stream.Perrigo Co. said it would pay Elan Corp.'s investors $6.25 per share in cash and $10.25 in Perrigo stock.

Exxon: Report Blames Ark. Pipeline Bust On Defects

July 11, 2013 1:42 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The report, provided to Exxon and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, found cracks near a seam that failed on the ruptured Pegasus Pipeline, the company said. Both Exxon and the regulatory agency declined to release the report, which was produced by Hurst Metallurgical Research Laboratory Inc.

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