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Blue Island Phenol Plant Down Pending Investigation

January 2, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge says a Chicago-area chemical company can't restart a manufacturing unit involved in an explosion and fire until it figures out what happened.

Indiana Iron Pellet Plant Makes Progress

December 30, 2013 11:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Minnesota company says it is making good progress toward opening within a year a $350 million factory in northern Indiana to produce iron ore pellets.                                    

Cooper Tire Calls Off Apollo Tyres Deal

December 30, 2013 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is calling off its proposed $2.2 billion sale to India's Apollo Tyres, a deal that would have created the world's seventh largest tire company.                                                                          

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Westlake Chemical Opens New Chlor-Alkali Plant

December 30, 2013 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Westlake Chemical Corp. has started its new chlor-alkali plant located at its vinyls manufacturing complex in Geismar.                                     

Mitsubishi Evaluating AR Turbine Plant

December 27, 2013 2:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mitsubishi is evaluating its completed but unopened $100 million wind turbine factory in Fort Smith now that the company has settled a technology lawsuit with General Electric Co.                               

Production Begins At LA Iron Plant

December 27, 2013 2:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nucor Corp. says it has started production at its direct-reduced iron plant in Convent, the first phase of what could become a $3.4 billion complex employing as many as 1,250 workers.                             

Decatur Chemical Plant To Undergo $95M Expansion

December 26, 2013 12:57 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

BP Amoco Chemical Co. says it will invest $95 million in the factory to improve production of three chemicals used for manufacturing.                                                   

Historical Lead Smelter Closes In MO

December 26, 2013 12:48 pm | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

From the day its founder arrived here, this Mississippi River town has been tied inseparably to lead, the heavy, dull-gray metal that has been mined in southern Missouri for more than two centuries. As home to the nation's only primary lead smelter, Herculaneum processes raw ore into metal to make car batteries, X-ray shields and many other products.

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Alabama Steel Plant Sold

December 26, 2013 10:47 am | by MELISSA NELSON-GABRIEL, Associated Press | News | Comments

When German steel manufacture ThyssenKrupp began construction of its $5 billion plant just down the road from Webbs Cafe in 2007, business boomed as construction crews poured into the area to build the most-modern steel production factory in the Americas.

Virginia Bio-Fuel Plant To Open In 2014

December 23, 2013 4:13 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of a bio-fuel plant in Hopewell, VA has decided to open the facility instead of dismantling it.                                                                                                 

One Step Closer To Clean Coal

December 23, 2013 3:48 pm | by GSE Systems | News | Comments

Global energy services solutions provider GSE Systems, Inc. is currently working on Phase II of a multi-phase project with Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group to supply an engineering simulator for the first-of-a-kind power plant design, FutureGen 2.0 project, which will be a near-zero emissions coal-fueled power plant using oxy-combustion technology.

New Certification Program For Mission Critical Careers

December 23, 2013 3:08 pm | by International Society of Automation | News | Comments

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces today that it will begin developing a new certification program as part of a recently announced $23 million federal grant to fund two-year degree programs in “Mission Critical Operations” at five North Carolina colleges.

INVISTA And CPI Develop Gas-Based, Bio-Derived Process Technology

December 23, 2013 2:24 pm | by INVISTA & CPI | News | Comments

INVISTA and The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) announce a collaboration for the development of new technologies to enable gas-fermentation-based processes for the production of industrial chemicals.                                                 

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Up 10.2%

December 23, 2013 2:19 pm | by Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

October U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $435.02 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                                                     

Water Recycling At Eagle Ford Shale

December 23, 2013 2:01 pm | by Dow & Omni Water Solutions | News | Comments

Together, Dow Water & Process Solutions and Omni Water Solutions have treated more than 245,000 barrels of flowback and produced water from Texas’ Eagle Ford shale hydraulic fracturing operations.                                               

Large Shale Reserves Promise Pump Market Growth

December 23, 2013 1:51 pm | by Frost & Sullivan | News | Comments

Greater political acceptance of shale gas exploration and the growing need among European countries to be energy independent is expected to result in the growth for the pumps market.                                             

Sriracha-Based Lessons For Manufacturers

December 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Mitch Carrel, Partner, Real Estate Practice Group and Food Industry Team, Freeborn & Peters | Articles | Comments

The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of food companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community. Read on for an expert's views on what considerations manufacturers should make when choosing a new plant site and how a facility’s location plays an important role in its ability to do business.

American Energy And Manufacturing Competitiveness

December 23, 2013 12:28 pm | by U.S. Department of Energy | Videos | Comments

At the American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit top CEOs, including Chad Holliday of Bank of America and Eric Spiegel of Siemens USA, discuss the advantages that the U.S. offers for manufacturing, including the largest market in the world, low energy costs and a strong technology infrastructure. 

Chemical Analysis With Monolithic Columns

December 23, 2013 12:19 pm | by Dr. Egidijus Machtejevas, Product Management Analytical Chromatography and Dr. Stephan Altmaier, Research and Development Analytical Chromatography, Merck Millipore | Articles | Comments

Measures for ensuring food safety and the provision of wholesome food require reliable data obtained by chemical analysis. Reliable analytical results are also essential to facilitate international food trade. In an attempt to provide a safer food supply, the FDA recently unveiled new, more stringent rules on imported foods.

Pipeline Plan Stirs Emotions In NJ

December 23, 2013 11:18 am | by WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

On Jan. 10, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission will decide whether to approve a 22-mile natural gas pipeline through the woods to a power plant. Six months of public hearings and contentious meetings have raised the temperature, pitting conservation of the largest tract of wild space between Virginia and Boston against the desire for jobs and reliable energy for southern New Jersey, including teeming Atlantic City and its casinos.

Solar Energy Gets A Boost In NY

December 23, 2013 11:08 am | by GEORGE M. WALSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

An array of shimmering panels covering 3 acres in New York's Finger Lakes is a sign of the state's latest push to catch up to its neighbors in the Northeast that have set the pace in recent years for promoting solar energy.                 

Hudson River GE Moving South

December 23, 2013 11:04 am | by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press | News | Comments

When General Electric moves jobs from its capacitor plant in this Hudson River town next year, about 200 jobs will head south as GE sends local operations to Florida to cut costs.                                          

Obama Pushes More Oil To Clean Up Coal

December 23, 2013 10:55 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

America's newest, most expensive coal-fired power plant is hailed as one of the cleanest on the planet, thanks to government-backed technology that removes carbon dioxide and keeps it out of the atmosphere. But once the carbon is stripped away, it will be used to do something that is not so green at all. It will extract oil.

Enhancing Workplace Safety With Corrosion Coating

December 20, 2013 4:46 pm | by Del Williams | Articles | Comments

Seeking a better corrosion solution at their petrochemical facility, Mobley Industrial Services recently used a newly approved corrosion coating called EonCoat to enhance workplace safety and return a large floating roof tank to service in about half the time required by typical coatings. This coating is part of a new category of tough, Chemically Bonded Phosphate Ceramics that can stop corrosion and extend equipment life.

Aging Infrastructure Impeding Process Manufacturing Growth

December 20, 2013 2:11 pm | by Economist Intelligence Unit | News | Comments

Process manufacturing companies in the oil and gas, utilities, and chemical industries rely on rapidly aging proprietary infrastructure to run their operations. Subsequent disruptions can cripple operations and impede opportunities for growth. As a result, executives in these industries must make tough decisions about where, when and how much to invest in infrastructure upgrades.

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