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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...

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...

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...

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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, | 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, | 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, | 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.

Horse Slaughter Opponents Sue USDA Over Permits

July 3, 2013 8:33 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Humane Society of the United States, Front Range Equine Rescue of Larkspur, Colo., three other groups and five individuals filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking an emergency injunction to overturn the USDA's recent permit approval for a horse meat plant in Roswell, N.M.


Hygienic Design: Going Beyond Food Processing Equipment

July 1, 2013 4:22 pm | by Lindsay Galas, Global Marketing Manager, Meat and Poultry, Videojet | Articles | Comments

While it is clear that ready-to-eat (RTE) food contact surfaces need to adhere to hygienic design standards in order to decrease the risk of contamination, it is critical that sensitive nonfood-contact surfaces comply as well. Packaging and coding equipment, as well as other smaller components such as sensors, electrical cords and ball bearings, are often overlooked.

Alcoa To Close Smelter, Blames Aluminum Prices

July 1, 2013 7:59 am | News | Comments

Aluminum giant Alcoa said Friday that it will close a smelting facility in Italy, its latest move to trim costs as it grapples with lower aluminum prices. Alcoa was already tamping down production at the Fusina smelter in Venice, Italy, three years ago, citing weak aluminum prices and the need to stay competitive.

Fed Officials Approve Horse Slaughterhouse In NM

June 28, 2013 1:59 pm | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

In approving Valley Meat Co. plans to produce horse meat, USDA officials also indicated that they would grant similar permits to companies in Iowa and Missouri as early as next week. With the action, the Roswell, N.M., company is set to become the first operation in the nation licensed to process horses into meat since Congress effectively banned the practice seven years ago.

BP Wants Independent Probe Of Claims Lawyer

June 21, 2013 11:16 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP is calling for an independent investigation into a lawyer working for the administrator reviewing claims arising from the Gulf oil spill who has been accused of collecting portions of settlement payments from a New Orleans law firm to which he had once referred claims.

'Pink Slime' Lawsuit Heads Back To State Court

June 13, 2013 7:38 am | by Dirk Lammers, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Wednesday moved a South Dakota beef processing company's defamation lawsuit against ABC News back to state court. Beef Products Inc. sued American Broadcasting Companies Inc. and ABC News Inc. for defamation in September.   

Safety At Deadly China Plant 'Extremely Chaotic'

June 7, 2013 8:14 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety exits were blocked at the Jilin Baoyuanfeng Poultry Co. plant and managers neglected to hold required safety drills or worker education, State Administration of Work Safety head Yang Dongliang said in a statement posted Friday on the administration's website, confirming workers' accounts.

Graphene Still Strongest Material In The World

June 6, 2013 4:59 pm | by Columbia University | Articles | Comments

In a new study, published in Science May 31, 2013, Columbia Engineering researchers demonstrate that graphene, even if stitched together from many small crystalline grains, is almost as strong as graphene in its perfect crystalline form.     

Estonia Eager To Teach World About Oil Shale

May 30, 2013 8:13 am | by Gary Peach, Associated Press | News | Comments

Home to the creators of Skype and the first country to use online voting, Estonia relishes its image as a technological pioneer. But the tiny East European country's most far-reaching economic achievement could come from how it has learned to squeeze oil from a rock.

Manufacture The Right Mix Of Business And Financial Savvy

May 28, 2013 1:51 pm | by Peter Arendt, Managing Director of Food and Agribusiness, Huntington Bank | Articles | Comments

The degree of specialization along the food processing chain makes a significant difference in how one builds a sustainable business franchise today. Years of ingenuity and vertical integration have enabled operators to create uniform and predictable product applications and capture maximum operating efficiencies.

'Pink Slime' Maker Continues To Struggle

May 20, 2013 7:42 am | News | Comments

The meat BPI separates from trimmings with heat and treats with ammonia to kill bacteria used to be widely used in hamburger, but consumers objected to it after media reports depicted it as unsavory. Many schools and retailers pledged to stop using BPI's products after the "pink slime" reports, and the company saw demand fall.

Kobe Aluminum To Expand In Bowling Green, Ky., Create 100 Jobs

May 15, 2013 3:47 pm | by Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce | News | Comments

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear today joined company and local officials to break ground on an 87,000 square foot addition to Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products (KAAP), LLC advanced manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, representing $66 million of new capital investment and the addition of 100 new full-time employees.

New Plastics Research Promises Lighter, More Cost-Effective Production

May 9, 2013 12:17 pm | by The Centre for Industrial Application of Microcellular Plastics (CIAMP), University of Toronto | News | Comments

The Centre for Industrial Application of Microcellular Plastics (CIAMP) officially opened May 2, bringing with it the promise of lighter, stronger and more cost effective plastic materials for the automotive and construction industries. Located in Mississauga, CIAMP is a state-of-the-art research and development centre with industry-scale facilities for developing innovative, commercially viable plastic foaming and composite technologies.

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