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Eufaula Plant Expanding, Adding 20 Jobs

December 30, 2014 1:39 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CARBO Ceramics in Eufaula is expanding and adding 20 jobs, who will join 75 who already work for at the Eufaula plant. The company makes products and provides services for oilfield service companies and operators of natural gas and oil wells.

China Fires Officials Over Deadly Factory Blast

December 30, 2014 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

China's Cabinet announced on Tuesday the firing of the top two officials where an explosion at an auto parts factory in August killed 146 people in the country's worst industrial accident since 2005. A national investigation team found that plant management failed to provide safety training for workers and ignored rules on building spacing, density in manufacturing lines, dust cleanup, and use of anti-explosion equipment.

Is Your Chemical Company Operating Effectively?

December 29, 2014 4:14 pm | by Barry van Bergen, director of strategy group for chemicals, KPMG | Blogs | Comments

What should you be thinking about when making changes to your business and wanting to ensure your company remains effective and nimble in response to market needs? Start with the business case and how you will generate your returns, then move to how you’ll deliver it.

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Analysis: Questions Linger on Potential Metal Mill

December 29, 2014 11:07 am | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

The strange recruitment of a potential $1.2 billion aluminum mill rolls on. American Specialty Alloys had promised to announce a site and a financing plan by the end of the year. The company now plans to publicly name a site in the first three months of 2015.

Ky. Public Service Commission OKs New $15M Filtration Plant

December 24, 2014 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Kentucky Public Service Commission has authorized Kentucky-American Water Co. to replace a 90-year-old filtration facility in Lexington with a new one. The current plant was built in 1924 and last expanded in 1953.

Peek Inside Five Pawns' Liquid Vapor Manufacturing Facility

December 23, 2014 1:31 pm | by FivePawns | Videos | Comments

After years in the making, Five Pawns pulls back the curtain and reveals their state-of-the-art production facility. Check out the step-by-step process that produces a Five Pawns bottle and how they use cutting-edge technology in their manufacturing line. 

Industry Insider: The Top Trends For 2015

December 22, 2014 4:33 pm | by Meagan Parrish, editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

Know what the hottest trends will be in manufacturing for the coming year? Some of the industry's top minds pull out their crystal balls and predict the upcoming popular investments, emerging technologies and what the big news will be in 2015.

7 Key Questions to Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

December 22, 2014 2:20 pm | by Deborah Grant, Loftware Industry Marketing Manager | Blogs | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches in the U.S., businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are seven solutions to help you prepare.   

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Abandoned Asbestos Mines Still a Hazard in India

December 22, 2014 10:20 am | by KATY DAIGLE, AP Environment Writer | News | Comments

Asbestos waste spills in a gray gash down the flank of a lush green hill above tribal villages in eastern India. Three decades after the mines were abandoned, nothing has been done to remove the enormous, hazardous piles of broken rocks and powdery dust left behind.

New Reports Outline Texas Plant Chaos, 4 Deaths

December 19, 2014 3:14 pm | by LISE OLSEN, Houston Chronicle | News | Comments

Harris County investigators' reports paint a picture of confusion, chaos and delays in those early morning hours of Nov. 15 when DuPont workers became overcome and died as 23,000 pounds of toxic gases accumulated from a leak inside the pesticide unit.

Extreme Temperatures And Other Hazards Found at Birds Eye Foods Plant

December 18, 2014 9:20 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

One would expect subzero temperatures in the Arctic Circle and understand the need for a coat, but employees working in a 40-degree-below-zero Fahrenheit freezer at Birds Eye Foods Inc. in Darien were left in the cold. OSHA also discovered slip, trip and fall hazards on unclean freezer floors.

ND Fines Company $687,000 For Waste Water Violations

December 17, 2014 4:19 pm | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota regulators assessed a $687,000 fine Wednesday against a Utah company for violating saltwater waste disposal rules. The North Dakota Industrial Commission approved the sanction against Springville, Utah-based Redemption Energy LLC.

Hemlock Permanently Closing $1.2B Plant in Tenn.

December 17, 2014 4:11 pm | by The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tenn. | News | Comments

Hemlock Semiconductor Group is permanently closing its idled polysilicon plant in Clarksville, citing global trade disputes that have led to an oversupply of the compound used in solar energy panels. The company's president, Denise Beachy, announced the decision to the The Leaf-Chronicle on Wednesday.

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Wyoming Lawmakers Endorse Workplace Fatality Bill

December 17, 2014 9:30 am | by BEN NEARY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced a proposal that would sharply increase penalties when employee deaths occur because of safety violations at large companies in Wyoming, which has long been among the top states for workplace deaths. Mary Jane Collins of Sheridan urged the committee to pass the bill. Her grandson, Brett Collins, died in a construction accident in 2012.

Six Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

December 15, 2014 5:28 pm | by John Zegers, Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

There’s good news to share. The lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity; technological developments are drastically changing the way plants operate; and capital investments are on the rise. Here's what to expect in the coming year.

Remote Monitoring Provides an Enhanced Solution For OEE

December 15, 2014 10:00 am | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Blogs | Comments

If your facility isn’t measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) by utilizing the Industrial Internet, your company is likely losing out. That sounds like a bold assertion, but consider this: A facility with an OEE score of 85 or higher is considered "World Class." However, 40 is a fairly common score for facilities just starting to measure OEE.

13 Workers Killed at Power Plant in Ecuador

December 15, 2014 9:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A sudden collapse at the site of Ecuador's largest-ever infrastructure project killed 13 people and injured a dozen more, officials said Sunday. The Chinese embassy in Quito confirmed that 10 Ecuadorean and three Chinese workers were killed over the weekend at the construction site of the Coca Codo Sinclair hydroelectric power plant. The Chinese firm Sinohydro is building the $2 billion 1,500-megawatt power plant.

New 3-D Printing Technology Enters Aerospace and Industrial Manufacturing Market

December 10, 2014 10:41 am | by GlobeNewswire, Los Angeles | News | Comments

Oxford Performance Materials Inc. (OPM) announced the launch and availability of the first two grades of its OXFAB 3-D printing technology (OXFAB-N and OXFAB-ESD) for aerospace and industrial applications. OXFAB is OPM's proprietary technology platform and formulation of poly-ether-ketone-ketone (PEKK), a high performance polymer.

Picturing And Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 4:32 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | News | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility— Kodak.  

HEPA Filters: Does Your Plant Need Them?

December 8, 2014 10:01 am | by Don Stroud, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens, your plant’s air filters are crucial to preventing contamination and ensuring food safety. But when it comes to filtration, more isn’t necessarily better.

Pack Expo Top 10

December 5, 2014 3:40 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Check out the top ten trends spotted at this year's Pack Expo. We look at the expressive robot Baxter, fog computing, Modified Atmosphere Packaging, Parker Automation's SCOUT, Honeywell's wearable Dolphin, Dorner's SmartPace Conveyor, food safety reforms, the skills gap, the omnipresent Internet of Things, and other exciting ideas and products.

Ukraine Officials Say No Radiation Leak From Nuclear Plant Accident

December 3, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Roth, New York Times | News | Comments

Prime Minister Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk of Ukraine on Wednesday announced that there had been an accident at one of the country’s nuclear power plants, briefly setting off fears of a Chernobyl-like catastrophe. But there appeared to have been no radiation leak and only a temporary disruption in the power supply.

Fire Crews Not Told About Chemical Leak at Chillicothe Paper Plant

December 2, 2014 1:37 pm | by Laura Arenschield, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio | News | Comments

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says it was likely that people within a 1-mile radius of a Chillicothe paper plant might have experienced nausea, sore throats or watery eyes after a chemical compound leaked from the site on Oct. 31.

Illinois To Be Home Of New Corn Protein Extraction Plant

December 1, 2014 11:13 am | by Joanie Stiers, The (Galesburg) Register-Mail | News | Comments

Zein proteins make up about 40 percent of the total protein in corn. After extraction, it appears as a pale-yellow powder that can be used for biodegradable plastics, paper coatings, food packaging, antioxidants, medical devices, pharmaceutical products, food and cosmetics.

EPA Approves 2 Permits For Texas Resin Plant

November 20, 2014 11:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued two final greenhouse gas permits for a planned $1 billion resin processing plant in South Texas.                  

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