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After Blast, West Fights to Keep Residents

June 6, 2013 12:07 pm | by NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

West, Texas officials and many lifelong residents desperately want to keep people from moving away, but they face many obstacles: rebuilding schools and water lines, helping residents who in some cases are short tens of thousands of dollars and reassuring residents that their once-tranquil streets will be safe again.

Horse Slaughterhouse Accuses USDA of IRS Tactics

June 6, 2013 11:52 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

A southeastern New Mexico company's plans to convert a cattle plant into a horse slaughterhouse has hit another roadblock, this time over an environmental dispute that the company's attorney blames on the Obama administration putting politics over policy.

Labor Productivity & Global Competiveness

June 6, 2013 11:14 am | by Simon Macpherson, Senior Director Operations, Kronos EMEA | Articles | Comments

When it comes to managing the workforce, very few industries are under more pressure than manufacturing. With price competition from developing countries, manufactures need to look at every aspect of their operations for competitive advantage and productivity improvements.


Death Toll Hits 120 in Deadly China Fire

June 5, 2013 10:45 am | News | Comments

Authorities raised the death toll Wednesday by one to 120 in this week's disastrous fire at a northeast China poultry processing plant, with another 17 people unaccounted for. The State Administration of Work Safety said a total of 395 people were at work during Monday's tragedy, the country's worst industrial accident in almost five years.

SCE&G Will Close Two Coal Plants Early

June 5, 2013 10:39 am | News | Comments

South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. says it will close two coal-powered generating stations near Walterboro by the end of the year. SCE&G will close the plants at the Canadys Station four years ahead of the previous schedule. It originally had planned to covert the plants to use natural gas before retiring them in 2017.

NRC: NC's Harris Nuke Plant to Restart After Fix

June 5, 2013 10:34 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal inspectors have cleared the Shearon Harris nuclear plant reactor to restart after Duke Energy Corp. fixed a year-old problem with the reactor vessel's covering, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday. A spokesperson said the date the plant would begin generating electricity again was being withheld for competitive reasons.

PLM as a Strategic Corporate Asset

June 5, 2013 9:43 am | by Kevin Prendeville | Articles | Comments

During the past several years the tables have turned on a number of large high-tech companies as several market leaders have become followers, and several followers have become market leaders. The dramatic change has pivoted on the ability of these market followers to leverage investments in product development processe.

Coca-Cola Opens Myanmar Bottling Plant

June 4, 2013 10:29 am | by YADANA HTUN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.


Locked Doors a Sign of China Work-Safety Failings

June 4, 2013 10:21 am | by CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

NI Strengthens FIRST Partnership for Better STEM Education

June 3, 2013 10:20 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

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 Kills 119 at Poultry Plant in Northeast China

June 3, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

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.

In Vietnam, a Cuban Rat Poison Finds New Market

May 31, 2013 12:06 pm | by CHRIS BRUMMITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

West, Texas First Responder Discusses Ordeal

May 31, 2013 9:47 am | Videos | Comments

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.


Temple Inland Fined $3.3M for 2011 Spill

May 30, 2013 10:55 am | News | Comments

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.

Exxon Rejects Gay-Discrimination Ban

May 30, 2013 10:36 am | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.

Appeals Court Won't Ease Way for Kan. Coal Plant

May 29, 2013 10:32 am | by JOHN HANNA, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

Odor Complaints Persist at Wis. Processing Plant

May 29, 2013 10:27 am | News | Comments

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.

W.Va. PSC Considers FirstEnergy Power Plant Sale

May 29, 2013 10:15 am | News | Comments

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.

Minimizing BYOD Risks

May 29, 2013 9:34 am | by Dale Gonzalez, Product Strategist, Dell SecureWorks | Articles | Comments

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.

Safety Scene: Safety on Ice

May 28, 2013 10:39 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

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 Uncertain of Future Without Plant

May 28, 2013 10:21 am | News | Comments

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 Inspection Ensures Food Quality

May 28, 2013 10:08 am | by EMERY P. DALESIO, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

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.

Nevada Senate Passes Plan to Retire Coal-fired Plants

May 24, 2013 9:34 am | by SANDRA CHEREB, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

VW Manufactures Its 250,000 Midsize Sedan

May 24, 2013 9:27 am | News | Comments

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.

NM Plant Resumes Making Peanut Butter

May 24, 2013 9:24 am | by JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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