Coca-Cola began bottling its famous soft drink in Myanmar on Tuesday as part of a planned five-year, $200 million investment after having no local production for more than 60 years. The return of Coca Cola is emblematic of the opportunities U.S. companies see in Myanmar as it builds a free market economy after decades of military rule.
The similarities between the two worst factory fires in China's history suggest that little has changed for industrial workers even as the country has transformed its economy. The bolted doors are emblematic of the often callous approach to worker safety in China and an annual death toll in the tens of thousands.
A new partnership aims to create more scientists and engineers by fostering students of all ages — from kindergarten through the end of high school — in programs that inspire not only technical innovation, but also communication and business skills.
Fire raged through a poultry plant in northeastern China on Monday, trapping workers inside a cluttered slaughterhouse and killing at least 119 people, reports and officials said. Several dozen people also were hurt in the blaze in Jilin province's Mishazi township.
Rat poisons normally come with warnings against human consumption and medical directions about what to do if accidentally eaten. Not so for "Biorat," a bait produced in Vietnam by a Cuban-state owned company that earns foreign exchange for the Castro government.
Robert Paine, a first responder to the deadly fertilizer explosion in West, Texas, discusses his experience in the wake of the disaster. Paine was shielded from the explosion and survived, having no memory of the explosion. Twelve firefighters were killed in the explosion.
A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish.
By a 4-to-1 ratio, Exxon Mobil shareholders defeated a resolution to explicitly ban discrimination against gays. The Exxon board had argued that the company already banned discrimination of any type and didn't need to add language regarding gays.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a request from Sunflower Electric Power Corp., based in Hays, to overturn a federal judge's ruling that had put a $2.8 billion project on hold. Sunflower wants to build an 895-megawatt plant outside Holcomb.
New complaints about the odor coming from a Green Bay area plant that processes animal fats and food waste has some Brown County supervisors pushing harder to punish the owners if the matter isn't addressed soon. A supervisor says the county has provided plenty of time for Sanimax to fix the odor problems.
A public hearing in Charleston is focusing on whether a power plant transaction between two FirstEnergy subsidiaries makes sense. The Public Service Commission begins hearing testimony Wednesday and continues through Friday. FirstEnergy officials say the hearing could continue into next week.
If a company issues and follows good security policies for its desktops and laptops, both are likely to be more secure than any tablet or mobile phone because of the limited actions needed to secure them. Businesses that allow employees to use mobile devices need to be aware of their vulnerabilities.
Chem.Info's recurring Safety Scene feature focuses on how to improve safety in processing plants. In this installment, we highlight refrigeration safety. Ammonia refrigeration leaks pose both safety and economic risks to food companies, but many are unaware of these hazards.
Businesses in Paducah are bracing for uncertainty in the wake of the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant's expected closure at the end of the month. The shutdown will put more than 1,100 workers out of high-paying jobs with benefits and will impact local suppliers.
Kosher describes foods that meet dietary laws, based in the Old Testament, on what is fit for people to eat. The dietary laws predominantly deal with three issues. Some animals like cattle and finned fish are allowed, while others like pork and shellfish aren't.
The Nevada Senate endorsed NV Energy Inc.'s plan Wednesday to retire coal-fired power plants and pave the way for the state's biggest electrical utility to transition to more renewable sources. After several revisions, SB123 was approved unanimously and now moves to the Assembly.
Volkswagen has reached another production milestone at its assembly plant in Chattanooga. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the 250,000 Passat midsize sedan has rolled off the assembly line.
Sunland Inc., the eastern New Mexico peanut butter plant shuttered eight months ago after a salmonella outbreak, is back in production. Company officials say their coveted natural and organic butters could be back on store shelves within a month.
More than one million Montreal residents are being told to boil their drinking water after a malfunction at Canada's second-biggest filtration plant. The malfunction resulted in brownish water gushing from fire hydrants and an unpleasant aroma wafting over parts of the city on Wednesday.
Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many expect to worsen and hamper progress in the decades-long effort to safely decommission it.
Engineers are used to making financial decisions based on factual inputs and realistic assumptions. Determining whether to invest in a project using the return on investment (ROI) accounting method has long been a safe & consistent decision making tool.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday endorsed a panel's conclusion that a seismic fault running underneath one of two reactors at an atomic plant in western Japan is active, making the reactor's restart virtually impossible.
Federal agents and the state fire marshal have effectively barred a federal safety panel from the site of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others, hampering its investigation, the panel's chairman said.
The death toll from a massive blast at an explosives plant in eastern China has risen to 23 with 10 people still missing. The official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday that 19 others were injured by the explosion, which ripped through the plant in Shandong province on Monday.
WATER/WASTEWATER: GE’s Power Conversion business has announced that it has won a contract of more than $10 million to supply eight pump drive trains, as well as process automation for the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world, located in Abu Dhabi.