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  • MSHA Offers $1M in Grants for Mine Safety Programs

    $1 million in grant funding is now available for education and training programs that help ensure safety in America’s mines, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced Wednesday. The programs funded by the grants would help attending mine...

  • TVA Power Plant Coal Storage Silo Collapses

    A coal storage silo at a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) power plant in Cumberland City, TN collapsed on Friday morning, several local news organizations reported. “All personnel have been accounted for and no one was injured,” TVA spokesperson Scott Brooks told the Clarksville, TN...

  • Mondelez to Close New Zealand Cadbury Plant, Cutting Jobs

    Mondelez International plans to close an Cadbury manufacturing facility in Dunedin, New Zealand by early 2018, shifting production to sites in Australia, the international food company announced Thursday. 350 jobs at the site will be impacted by the firm’s plan. The factory has produced...

  • Food Trade Groups Call for Simplified Product Date Labels

    Two American trade groups representing consumer food products manufacturers and retailers launched an industry-wide voluntary initiative Wednesday to simplify and standardize the phrases used in date labels on products in an effort to reduce consumer confusion. The Grocery Manufacturers...

  • Overheated Conveyor Belt Ignites Grain Dust Fire at SD Mill

    Officials said an overheated conveyor belt caused grain dust to ignite at a mill and grain elevator in Belle Fourche, SD Wednesday morning, prompting firefighters to close a nearby highway and evacuate neighboring buildings as crews battled the fire, reported the Black Hills Pioneer. Fire crews...

  • Gallagher Group Opens $1.8M Ready Mix Concrete Plant

    Building, civil engineering, quarrying, and property firm Gallagher Group opened a new £1.5 million (about $1.8 million) ready mix concrete plant in Ashford, England, the Kent-based company announced by press release Feb. 14. Manufacturing a variety of concrete mixes and floor screeds, the...

  • Coperion and Coperion K-Tron Introduce New Website

    Coperion & Coperion K-Tron recently introduced a new combined website at coperion.com. The new website provides an overview on the scope of products and services, including bulk material handling, pneumatic conveying, feeding and extrusion equipment. It also offers...

  • UT Dallas Team Uses Minecraft to Teach Materials Science

    A modification of the popular video game Minecraft may offer a powerful tool to teach university students about materials science, according researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas. A recently-published article penned by UT researchers in Nature Chemistry details on efforts to teach...

  • Dust Collector Fire Causes $25K in Damages at IL Plant

    A dust collector fire at the Chicago Manifold Products manufacturing facility in Wheeling, IL Wednesday morning caused an estimated $25,000 to $30,000 in damages,  the Des Plaines, IL Journal & Topics newspaper reported Wednesday. Wheeling Fire Chief Keith MacIsaac told the newspaper that...

  • Anonymous Tip Alleges Valve Caused Explosion at PCA Plant

    As an investigation into the cause of a Feb. 8 explosion at the Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) paper mill in DeRidder, LA that killed three workers and injured seven others continues, an anonymous tipper told the Beauregard Daily News that no signs of fire have been discovered at the plant...