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Why Refinery Strike Has Had Little Bite at Gas Pump

February 18, 2015 10:56 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

Warren Buffett's Firm Sells Exxon Mobil, Adds Deere Stake

February 18, 2015 9:36 am | by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Billionaire Warren Buffett's company unloaded its 41 million shares of Exxon Mobil Corp. and sold a smaller stake in ConocoPhillips as oil prices fell last fall.

Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concerns diacetyl, which is used in its liquid form to flavor an array of food products, including as candy, chips and popcorn.

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Plastics Companies Spar Over Chemical Composition

February 18, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Eastman Chemical Company and a Texas startup continue to spar over safety labeling in plastics despite a federal court ruling aimed at deciding the issue late last year.

Officials Announce Expansion of Ankeny Plastics Plant

February 17, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to a news release, the planned expansion reflects a $7 million project in 2010. But Hargen says the latest addition is meant to strengthen the facility to be "capable of withstanding an F-5 tornado."

Halliburton Says It Will Eliminate at Least 5,000 Jobs

February 13, 2015 12:53 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Houston company said it will lay off 6.5 to 8 percent of its staff, which represents 5,005 to 6,160 employees based on its total from the end of 2014.

Neenah Paper Planning Mill Expansion

February 13, 2015 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Neenah Paper is bucking the industry trend of recent years. It plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Appleton to produce specialty filter paper, expanding the company's Appleton Mill that encompasses about 10 acres.

Thought Leadership Series: How to Utilize Your Supplier For a Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 3:47 pm | by Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

According to Chem.Info's sister publication, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations, on a day-to-day basis, many manufacturers have their hands full working on their core competencies like pumping out quality products, and struggle in critical areas like safety compliance and documentation. Sound familiar?

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Bayer Announces Reorganization as ‘Pure Life-Sciences Company’

February 12, 2015 3:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

German chemical giant Bayer AG is set to become a "pure life-sciences company" following a reorganization process set to be completed early next year.

The Internet of Things: What It Means For The Chemicals Industry

February 12, 2015 2:53 pm | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Blogs | Comments

Five real-world examples of how converting data into action can transform your business.  

Air Liquide to Build Unit to Supply St. James Parish Plant

February 11, 2015 5:00 pm | by The Advocate; Baton Rouge, La. | News | Comments

The Yuhuang Chemical plant will produce about 5,500 tons of methanol per day. An overall complex, to be built in three phases at an estimated $1.85 billion, on St. James' west bank

Peltz's Trian Softens View on DuPont Separation

February 11, 2015 4:28 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

In September Trian recommended the separation of DuPont's agriculture, nutrition and health and industrial biosciences segments into one company. It suggested DuPont's performance materials, safety and protection, electronics and communication segments be housed in another company.

Oil's Slump a Blow to Mexico Amid Touted Energy Reforms

February 11, 2015 10:36 am | by PETER ORSI, Associated Press | News | Comments

The lowest oil prices in nearly six years couldn't have come at a worse time for Mexico, which last year opened up oil-sector investment to private companies for the first time in decades.

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Congress Set to Pass Bill Approving Keystone XL Pipeline

February 11, 2015 10:11 am | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The House is expected to pass the bill easily Wednesday afternoon, capping weeks of debate over one of Republicans' top priorities — a bill authorizing the construction of the much-delayed pipeline. Yet support in both the Senate and House has not been enough to override a veto.

Take it From Freedom Industries: How NOT to Handle a Major Chemical Accident

February 10, 2015 5:18 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it was funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight. Gary Southern, the infamous former president of the chemical company, is back in the news this week...

Neighboring States Clash On EPA Coal Energy Regulation

February 10, 2015 12:40 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Montana and Wyoming, despite having a similar relationship to the coal energy industry, are planning to approach the Clean Power Act from two opposite directions. According to Benjamin Storrow of the Casper Star-Tribune, the EPA’s plan would require both states to meet a carbon reduction target—21 percent for Montana and 19 percent for Wyoming.

Communication, Clarity Keys To Chemical Sector Success

February 10, 2015 12:24 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Henk van der Ven, the vice president of Processes and IT for International Flavors and Fragrances, has been involved in systems analytics for manufacturing for over 20 years. He recently sat down with us and SAP Chemicals conference producer, Thomas Martin, to discuss some of the most significant trends impacting the marketplace.

BP Head Predicts 'Years' Of Low Oil Prices

February 10, 2015 10:37 am | by Sam Neylon, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Last week BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley weighed in on one of the most important — and heated — discussions facing manufacturers today: the direction of oil prices. Dudley announced dour confidence that crude prices would stay below $100 for a “long time.”

New Packaging Laws Hit Edible Marijuana Market

February 10, 2015 10:31 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

Since marijuana was legalized for recreational use in 2014, the edible pot market has soared — but so have the risks associated with having them in your home. As the market continues to grow, more innovate laws and packaging solutions will be needed address these risks.

California Pledges Changes in Protecting Underground Water

February 10, 2015 10:18 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The deadline is part of a broad plan the state sent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last week for bringing state regulation of oil and gas operations back into compliance with federal safe-drinking water requirements. State authorities made the plan public Monday.

Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 9, 2015 5:31 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Blogs | Comments

No matter what type of manufacturing business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

Food Scares Cost McDonald's in China, Japan; Sales Fall

February 9, 2015 3:33 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said its performance in Asia was hurt by customer perception issues in Japan, where a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects have been found in its food. In China, McDonald's is trying to recover from the ongoing fallout from another food-safety scandal.

Steelworkers to Expand Strike to Two BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 9:30 am | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. The United Steelworkers union has notified BP Plc. that workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

Farmers File More Than 360 Corn Lawsuits Against Syngenta

February 6, 2015 3:36 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The dispute centers around Syngenta's sale of a corn seed called Agrisure Viptera, which was genetically altered to contain a protein that kills corn-eating bugs such as earworms and cutworms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved it in 2010, and Syngenta first sold it to farmers in 2011.

MillerCoors Engineer Offers Advice on Asset Management, Skills Gap

February 6, 2015 11:28 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

For 31 years Wes Dean has been supporting production, maintenance, IT and warehouse operations — the majority of that time being spent in the Coors and MillerCoors family. He’ll also be a featured speaker at the upcoming SAP-Centric EAM Conference taking place March 8-11.

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