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The Democratic senator said in a Thursday news release that Freedom Industries' Charleston site should be destroyed and cleaned. On Jan. 9, chemicals oozed out of a tank, through a cracked wall and into the Elk River. About 300,000 people were banned from

Senator Wants WV Chemical Facility Torn Down

January 24, 2014 11:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Democratic senator said in a Thursday news release that Freedom Industries' Charleston site should be destroyed and cleaned. On Jan. 9, chemicals oozed out of a tank, through a cracked wall and into the Elk River. About 300,000 people were banned from drinking or bathing in water for days.

Officials say Colgate-Palmolive is building an oral care products manufacturing plant in Tennessee's Hamblen County, adding 75 jobs in the process.

Colgate-Palmolive Building A New Plant In TN

January 24, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Colgate-Palmolive is building an oral care products manufacturing plant in Tennessee's Hamblen County, adding 75 jobs in the process.

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens, using Google Earth infrastructure, that facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve communication, efficiency, globalization and standardization.

Virtual Plant Mapping Technology

January 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Ford | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company is piloting new software from Siemens, using Google Earth infrastructure, which facilitates virtual navigation within its assembly plants, helping the company improve communication, efficiency, globalization and standardization.

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When Disaster Strikes A Chemical Company

January 24, 2014 1:00 am | by Complex Chemical Company | Articles | Comments

If a natural disaster hit your business, would you be prepared? How would you recover from the damage to your infrastructure? Unfortunately, Complex Chemical Co., Inc. had to learn the real-life answers to these questions when a powerful EF-3 tornado hit its chemical processing plant in Tallulah, Louisiana.

Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.

OSHA Begins International Nutrition Investigation

January 22, 2014 2:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal safety investigators are looking at structural problems and a dust explosion as possible causes of an industrial building collapse in Omaha that killed two workers and injured 17 others.                   

When state inspectors showed up unannounced at Freedom Industries to investigate a licorice odor wafting across West Virginia's capital city, company executive Dennis Farrell seemed to brush off any cause for concern. But inspectors quickly found what was

Additional Chemical Involved In WV Leak

January 22, 2014 1:24 pm | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A second chemical was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, though the newly identified substance appears to be less toxic than the coal-cleaning agent already known to have leaked.

9 Injured In Food Plant Fire

January 22, 2014 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say at least nine people required hospital treatment after a fire in a truck parked at a food processing facility in central Pennsylvania.

Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.

2nd Body Recovered From Plant Collapse

January 22, 2014 10:21 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities recovered the body of a second worker who was killed when an Omaha manufacturing plant collapsed, while federal investigators tried to pinpoint a cause of the industrial accident that killed two and injured 17.                     

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WV Calls For Tighter Chemical Regulations

January 21, 2014 10:44 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday proposed tighter regulations for chemical storage facilities after a spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 people.

Two of the 38 workers who were at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.

2 Dead After Plant Explosion

January 21, 2014 10:40 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the 38 workers at the International Nutrition plant on Monday morning died and 10 were hospitalized with significant injuries, authorities said. A firefighter was also sent to the hospital with an injured hand.                 

9 Hurt In Animal Feed Plant Explosion

January 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

At least nine people have been hospitalized and others could be trapped after an explosion and partial building collapse at an Omaha animal feed processing plant.

Missing Opportunities In Manufacturing Post-Mortems

January 20, 2014 11:56 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

The manufacturing industry is tight-lipped about internal operations, and most plant managers would be more apt to think that a major production disruption would be something to silence as much as possible. They certainly wouldn’t write up a post-mortem. But what if they did? What if they thought others could find value in what went wrong?

Aluminum Can Plant Opens In Puerto Rico

January 17, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of investors have announced the opening of a $60 million plant in central Puerto Rico to produce aluminum cans.

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Trespasser Stuck In NJ Water Plant Pipe

January 17, 2014 10:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Rescuers are working to free a man stuck in a pipe at a New Jersey water treatment plant. United Water spokesman Rich Henning says the man broke into the plant that treats and pumps water for the township of Manalapan (muh-NAL'-uh-pan). Workers heard cries for help coming from a pipe around 7 a.m. Friday.

OH Judge Dismisses French Goodyear Workers' Suit

January 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by THOMAS J. SHEERAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge in Goodyear's Ohio hometown has thrown out a lawsuit filed by French workers trying to save their jobs.                                                                             

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says his office is suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency over greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.

NE Sues EPA Over Power Plant Standards

January 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says his office is suing the federal Environmental Proection Agency over greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.                                

Rangers Helping West, Texas After Explosion

January 15, 2014 10:51 am | by STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer | News | Comments

The Rangers, who have made a $50,000 donation for West City Park, made a caravan stop Tuesday in the town of about 2,800 people less than 90 miles from their home ballpark.                           

Incident At DuPont

January 15, 2014 10:38 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

DuPont Co. spokesman Aaron Woods on Wednesday said no workers were hurt at the DuPont Sabine (suh-BEEN') River Works in Orange, TX. Woods says the emergency shutdown Tuesday night has closed one polyethylene unit amid the company investigation into the incident.

Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago.

Water Ban Finally Lifted

January 14, 2014 11:27 am | by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safe tap water gushed from faucets and shower heads in West Virginia on Monday, a welcome sight and sound for a small fraction of the 300,000 people who have not been able to use running water since a chemical spill five days ago.

WV Facility Flew Under Regulatory Radar

January 14, 2014 11:23 am | by MITCH WEISS, RAY HENRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The facility whose chemical spill contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginia residents was barely scrutinized, flying largely under the radar of government regulators who viewed it as a low-risk operation — but in reality, a problem at a key holding wall went undetected and unreported at Freedom Industries Inc.

McAlester Denies Negligence In Eufaula Explosion

January 13, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A McAlester propane company has denied wrongdoing in civil lawsuits filed over an explosion at a Eufaula plant that killed one man and injured another.

Accelerating Operational Excellence: Q&A With LNS Research

January 10, 2014 11:46 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Today, manufacturers face unprecedented challenges across the industries. While these challenges manifest as a variety of specific operational factors depending on company size, industry, and location, the initial steps to improvement involve instilling a mindset of continuous improvement across the organization and working to optimize key resources—people, processes, and technology—to achieve a model of Operational Excellence.

Cargill To Build Steel-Processing Plant In CO

January 9, 2014 11:07 am | by The Denver Post | News | Comments

Cargill is building a steel-processing plant in Windsor beginning early this year. The company says the facility is needed to meet the increasing demand for steel products in the manufacturing and shale-oil industries.

Pushing Platinum Refinery Plans

January 8, 2014 11:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Zimbabwean authorities have given platinum miners 10 days to submit proposals to build a refinery by the end of the year.                                                       

Bosses Held Captive At French Goodyear Plant

January 6, 2014 11:19 am | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

An official with Goodyear says workers at a restive plant in northern France have detained two managers in a conference room at the tire factory. "Boss-napping" became rampant in France in 2009 at the height of the economic meltdown, although the practice has since tapered off.

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