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President Will Push For Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 4:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech Tuesday, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. The initiative will be known as the Healthy Americans Act and will affect all companies with 15 or more employees.

Company With Chemical Spill Ties Cited 8 Times

January 16, 2015 4:31 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

State regulators have cited the new firm, Lexycon, eight times since September for pouring chemicals without a permit, lacking proper "last-resort" walls to contain spills, and hosting tanker-trailers full of unknown chemicals, among other infractions, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

Plastics Trade Group Accepting Entries for Safety Awards

January 16, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

This week the Society of the Plastics Industry began accepting entries for the 2014 Safety Statistics and Awards Program. The program allows the trade group to track safety issues in the plastics industry through the applications, which require redacted copies of forms filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

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What Can Reaction Calorimetry Teach Us?

January 14, 2015 11:32 am | by Urs Groth, Product Manager, Reaction Calorimetry, and Market Manager, Reaction Engineering | Blogs | Comments

Developing new compounds and transferring them to production requires an understanding of the chemical route, process and parameters—the sooner, the better. Reaction calorimetry is helping researchers adapt, giving them an ability to meet their goal of safer scale-up at the speed of modern manufacturing.

Worker Dies After Found Unconscious at Citgo Unit in Texas

January 14, 2015 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A worker has died after being found unconscious at a Citgo Petroleum Corp. refinery in South Texas. Citgo officials on Wednesday did not immediately release the name of the worker who died following the accident at a plant in Corpus Christi.

Communications on The Factory Floor

January 13, 2015 9:58 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Mike Lanciloti, vice president of product management and marketing at Colorado-based Spectralink, spoke with Manufacturing Business Technology recently about mobile communications in manufacturing settings. Lanciloti discusses why purpose-built devices might be better than smartphones to run a successful business.

Manufacturing Job Growth up in 2014

January 12, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.info | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday. The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the manufacturing sector added an average of 16,000 jobs per month last year, compared to gains of 7,000 jobs per month for 2013.

Work Expected to Resume at Damaged Iowa Plant in a Few Days

January 12, 2015 9:41 am | by Sioux City Journal; Sioux City, Iowa | News | Comments

Production is expected to resume in a few days at a northwest Iowa fertilizer plant that was damaged by a fire and subsequent explosion. The fire began around 6 p.m. Saturday at the Nulex plant in the Port Neal industrial area south of Sioux City. No injuries have been reported.

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Nitrogen Leak at LG Display Factory Kills 2, Sickens 4

January 12, 2015 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Display said Monday two people were killed and four others sickened by a nitrogen leak at its  factory north of Seoul. LG Display Co. said in a statement that the victims, employed by a LG contractor, were carrying out a regular repair and maintenance work when the nitrogen leak occurred not long after midday at the factory in Paju city.

After 2 Workers Injured, 1 Fatally, OSHA Cites MFG Chemical Inc.

January 9, 2015 9:42 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Articles | Comments

OSHA has issued MFG Chemical Inc. citations following an incident involving the release of chemical vapors from an over-pressurized reactor, which left one worker hospitalized and another dead from burns in his respiratory system. OSHA’s proposed penalties total $87,780.

ISM: Manufacturing Remains Strong Going Into 2015

January 6, 2015 10:23 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in December for the 19th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 67th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in December as the PMI...

Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 3:58 pm | by JEFF AMY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions. In comments filed in December, leaders of utilities, state agencies and business groups called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan illegal, infeasible and economically unbearable.

Colo. Plant Manager Says Facility is Safe

January 2, 2015 9:20 am | by Fort Collins Coloradoan; Fort Collins, Colo. | News | Comments

The manager of a Taft Hill asphalt plant that some people want relocated says the plant is safe and it would be difficult to move it to a location that wouldn't affect anyone. The plant operated by Martin Marietta Materials is the target of a petition drive started this year by Citizens Against Asphalt Toxins.

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Mohave County Mine Laying Off Hundreds of Workers

December 30, 2014 1:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A financially troubled copper mine in Mohave County is laying of hundreds of workers. The Today's News-Herald newspaper reports that the Mineral Park mine near Kingman sent layoff notices to more than 350 workers on Monday. The company has been attempting to tell the mine but a possible sale fell through.

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.

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.   

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.

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