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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.

Plant in St. James Parish Seeks Permit to Emit Mercury

February 5, 2015 5:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Advocated reports the owners of the once-bankrupt Kaiser Aluminum complex on the Mississippi River are asking state regulators for permission to release up to 250 pounds of mercury per year. That would make the plant one of the largest mercury polluters of Louisiana's air...

President Barack Obama is satisfying a year-old pledge by announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes that will combine public and private resources to foster manufacturing innovation.

Obama Budget Includes Extra Funding For OSHA

February 5, 2015 11:38 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

The proposals, however, are likely to meet resistance from Republicans, many of whom have expressed concerns about regulatory overreach during the Obama administration. OSHA, which conducts safety inspections at worksites, would receive funding to improve its enforcement of more than 20 whistleblower protection laws, two top agency administrators wrote.

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ISM: Manufacturing Orders And Production Continue To Grow

February 5, 2015 9:33 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

New Alliance Aims to Protect Workers and First Responders From Hazardous Fertilizers

February 4, 2015 4:03 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

In one of the latest moves to improve chemical safety standards by bolstering coordination and information sharing among federal agencies, OSHA and the EPA recently signed an alliance with Fertilizer Safety and Health Partners to improve safety when handling dangerous fertilizers.

Cheap, Abundant Chemical Outperforms Precious Metals as a Catalyst

February 4, 2015 3:31 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Chemical manufacturing is no new endeavor. But a team of Caltech scientists say there are still major breakthroughs to be had — and they’ve recently had one of them. The team has discovered a method for producing a group of silicon-containing organic chemicals — often used in pharmaceuticals and other advanced materials — without relying on expensive precious metals.

Health, Chemical Industry Groups Spar Over Ozone Rule

February 4, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Lorraine Gershman of the American Chemistry Council told officials in Washington that the current standard is "the most stringent ever and has not been fully implemented across the United States," and that areas currently classified as non-compliant with the standard — where 120 million people reside — face substantial economic obstacles.

Survey: Majority of Manufacturers Plan to Bolster Mobile App Use

February 3, 2015 4:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Of the 111 manufacturing professionals responding to the Georgia-based company's survey, 55 percent indicated their organizations would increase their use of mobility, while 43 percent said they did not expect any changes. Eight-five percent of respondents also said their businesses planned to increase investments in their operations this year compared to 2014.

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Obama Proposes New Agency to Make Americans' Food Safer

February 2, 2015 5:11 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposal in the president's budget released Monday comes after outbreaks of illnesses linked to chicken, eggs, peanuts and cantaloupe in recent years. More than a dozen federal agencies oversee food safety, and consumer advocates have long called for bringing all those functions together in a single home.

5 Best Practices for Using Robotics in Your Food Processing Plant

February 2, 2015 9:37 am | by Brian Roffers, Packaging Engineer, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Food and beverage processors are increasingly turning towards robotics for the technology’s slew of benefits including reduced costs, upped throughput and increased food and worker safety. While robotics does boast various benefits to food manufacturing, it’s important to follow some best practices during your own implementation.

OSHA Slaps Georgia-Pacific Chemicals With 11 Serious Safety Violations And $60,500 in Fines

January 30, 2015 4:09 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Formaldehyde was one of the toxic chemicals that OSHA says Georgia-Pacific Chemicals exposed its workers to by not providing proper chemical management procedures at its Columbus, Ohio plant. Georgia-Pacific failed to meet safety standards by not providing operating procedures with accurate information on safety systems and how they worked. 

Label Manufacturer to Bring 154 Jobs to Scott County

January 30, 2015 10:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Multi-Color Corporation announced Friday that it's investing $13 million in its 120,500 square-foot manufacturing plant in Scottsburg. The company plans to increase operating efficiency, expand production volume and bring 154 jobs to the facility by 2020.

CSB Urges OSHA For Combustible Dust Regulations in Wake of Ink Plant Fire Report

January 29, 2015 2:04 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

According to the CSB, the dust collection system inside the plant was so flawed it took only a day for enough combustible dust and hydrocarbons to accumulate in the duct that it overheated, ignited spontaneously, caused an explosion in the rooftop dust collector and unleashed a fiery flash.

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10 Resolutions For Building a Better B2B Supply Chain Operating Network in The Process Industries

January 28, 2015 4:31 pm | by Ed Rusch, vice president of Corporate Marketing at Elemica | Blogs | Comments

The inter-connectedness, expansive footprints, and co-dependency within the process industries, and the dynamic supply chain interactions in an inter-enterprise network, form the basis for these “10 Top Resolutions” to building a better Supply Chain Operating Network in 2015 and beyond. 

EPA Permit Paves Way For $500M Power Plant in South Texas

January 28, 2015 12:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the greenhouse gas permit was granted for the Tenaska Brownsville Generating Plant in Brownsville. A Tenaska spokeswoman says a few construction permits and approvals related to interconnections are still required.

Education, Bias-Breaking Keys to Women's Rise in Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 2:38 pm | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

Corrie Banks and Kleo Landucci, executives at logistics services providing companies, can’t stress enough how they’d like to see fellow females continue to enter the supply chain workforce and break the stereotype of it being “a man’s world.”

Supreme Court Rejects Lifetime Health Benefits For Chem Plant Employees

January 27, 2015 2:31 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

The unanimous ruling from the high court represents a victory for M&G Polymers USA, which first sought to require retiree contributions to health coverage in 2006 after purchasing the plant six years earlier. It also tightens the standard for collective bargaining agreements that do not specify terms for lifetime benefits.

Salvage Company Employees Sentenced to Prison And $10.3M in Fines For Illegal Asbestos Removal

January 26, 2015 2:57 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

All five pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act’s “work practice standards,” after removing substantial amounts of asbestos without proper storage or disposal, and without providing workers necessary protective gear.

Top Chemical Facility Safety Trends of 2015

January 26, 2015 10:16 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

In a recent interview with Chem.Info, the CSB’s Chairman, Rafael Moure-Eraso, pinpointed three areas where he sees chemical facilities concentrating their efforts. “[In the coming year] we expect that chemical companies are going to look at safety a lot more seriously,” he said.

Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 3:39 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

In the analysis from D.C.-based liberal think tank the Economic Policy Institute, author Robert E. Scott tabs the wage premium for manufacturing jobs at $1.78 per hour, calling the industry "a particularly important provider of jobs with good wages for workers without a college degree."

EPA, Automakers Agree to Curb Use of Copper in Brake Pads

January 22, 2015 4:51 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Under the voluntary agreement between the EPA, eight auto industry groups and the Environmental Council of the States, copper content in brake pads would be reduced to 5 percent by weight in 2021, then cut again to 0.5 percent by 2025.

Hardide Invests $7 Million in New Virginia Plant

January 22, 2015 9:25 am | by Hardide Coatings | News | Comments

The 26,000 square foot facility in Martinsville, Henry County, is planned to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2015. The company produces a patented range of hard wearing coatings which significantly increase the life of critical metal parts operating in abrasive, erosive, corrosive and chemically aggressive environments.

Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 21, 2015 9:29 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

While the economy is in the process of recovering from the recent recession, it is essential that the manufacturing sector continues to grow stronger. Eighty-three percent of companies indicated a moderate to serious shortage of skilled production workers and 69 percent of companies expect this shortage to worsen over the next three to five years.

Arson Trial Begins For Omaha Man Over 2008 Fire at His Plant

January 21, 2015 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Thomas Schropp was in financial trouble and hoped to gain around $4 million in insurance proceeds for the destruction of his PK Manufacturing plant. It burned down on Nov. 20, 2008. The Omaha World-Herald says the trial began Tuesday.

SC Plant Workers Evacuated Because of Ammonia Spill

January 16, 2015 4:48 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An ammonia spill at a manufacturing plant in upstate South Carolina forced the evacuation of several hundred workers as emergency crews responded to the scene. Local media outlets report the spill happened at the Robert Bosch plant near Anderson about 10 a.m. on Friday.

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