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Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 1:37 pm | by The Advocate; Baton Rouge, Louisiana | News | Comments

The Advocate reports the group represents more than 57 petrochemical, energy, paper, pharmaceutical, pipeline, storage terminal and other industrial facilities in the eight parishes surrounding Baton Rouge.

What's Going On With The Labor Unions Of Today?

February 27, 2015 1:21 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Operations | Blogs | Comments

Here's a list of some of the key advantages and disadvantages associated with union membership...

How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 5:10 pm | by Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

If there’s one thing the Great Recession taught manufacturers, it’s that there are wasted...

Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work For Manufacturers

February 19, 2015 4:46 pm | by Manufacturing.Net | Videos | Comments

In the last five to ten years, the use of online ordering — via a desk top or mobile device —...

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Is Your State Considering Changes in Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 11:56 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year.

Blast Hits Southern California Refinery

February 18, 2015 4:16 pm | by TAMI ABDOLLAH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The facility — a structure several stories tall — was shattered. Crews poured water onto the structure afterward, and a fire spokesman said at midday the situation was controlled.

Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Hurt

February 18, 2015 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead and another injured.

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Why Refinery Strike Has Had Little Bite at Gas Pump

February 18, 2015 10:56 am | by JONATHAN FAHEY, AP Energy Writer | Articles | Comments

Gasoline prices can spike for all kinds of reasons that make skeptical drivers roll their eyes: "tension" in the Middle East, a refinery suddenly shuts down for maintenance, or the annual springtime switch to summer blends of gasoline.

Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concerns diacetyl, which is used in its liquid form to flavor an array of food products, including as candy, chips and popcorn.

Plastics Companies Spar Over Chemical Composition

February 18, 2015 9:14 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Eastman Chemical Company and a Texas startup continue to spar over safety labeling in plastics despite a federal court ruling aimed at deciding the issue late last year.

W.Va. Chemical Spill Company's Bankruptcy at Crossroads

February 17, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A potential insurance settlement could pay for projects that benefit the affected residents, like additional water testing or health studies.

Officials Announce Expansion of Ankeny Plastics Plant

February 17, 2015 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

According to a news release, the planned expansion reflects a $7 million project in 2010. But Hargen says the latest addition is meant to strengthen the facility to be "capable of withstanding an F-5 tornado."

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Ex-New Mexico Nuke Dump Workers to be Offered Free Screening

February 16, 2015 10:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A project out of a New York college is set to offer free medical-screening programs for former workers at the federal government's nuclear waste repository.

EPA Could List New Jersey River Among Nation's Most Contaminated

February 13, 2015 12:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The local nonprofit Hackensack Riverkeeper petitioned the EPA for the investigation, citing "a long list of toxic chemicals and heavy metals" contaminating river sediment along a 22-mile stretch from Oradell to Newark Bay.

Dash Cam Footage Shows Orange Cloud From Chemical Blast in Spain

February 13, 2015 12:14 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

For most, the restrictions were lifted within a few hours, as the cloud passed. But a day after the blast, authorities were still asking that children, the elderly, and pregnant women stay indoors. This dash cam footage shows how the bright orange chemical cloud filled the sky.

Neenah Paper Planning Mill Expansion

February 13, 2015 10:08 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Neenah Paper is bucking the industry trend of recent years. It plans to build a new manufacturing plant in Appleton to produce specialty filter paper, expanding the company's Appleton Mill that encompasses about 10 acres.

Thought Leadership Series: How to Utilize Your Supplier For a Better Safety Program

February 12, 2015 3:47 pm | by Chem.Info | Videos | Comments

According to Chem.Info's sister publication, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations, on a day-to-day basis, many manufacturers have their hands full working on their core competencies like pumping out quality products, and struggle in critical areas like safety compliance and documentation. Sound familiar?

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The Internet of Things: What It Means For The Chemicals Industry

February 12, 2015 2:53 pm | by Stefan Guertzgen, Senior Director of Chemicals, SAP | Blogs | Comments

Five real-world examples of how converting data into action can transform your business.  

Spain: Toxic Cloud Spreads Over 5 Towns After Chemical Blast

February 12, 2015 9:40 am | by CIARAN GILES, Associated Press | News | Comments

Spanish authorities ordered the residents of five northeastern towns to stay indoors for some two hours after a chemical explosion at a warehouse spread a large, orange toxic cloud over the area.

Company Identifies Chemical That Caused California Explosion

February 11, 2015 5:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

Emergency responders originally could not identify the substance, some 1,000 gallons of which was spilled onto an agricultural area near Santa Paula, about an hour northwest of the Los Angeles area.

Firm Cited In Deadly Energy Plant Blast To Pay Minimum Fine

February 11, 2015 4:47 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that was cited for 110 violations after a 2010 gas explosion that killed six workers at a Connecticut energy plant has paid only the minimum required fine for worker safety violations.

Take it From Freedom Industries: How NOT to Handle a Major Chemical Accident

February 10, 2015 5:18 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

It’d be a comedy of errors if it was funny. But for the former executives of Freedom Industries, there hasn’t been much to laugh about since the Jan. 9 2014 spill into the Elk River that catapulted them into the spotlight. Gary Southern, the infamous former president of the chemical company, is back in the news this week...

Safer Manufacturing in 2015

February 9, 2015 5:31 pm | by Christina Chatfield | Blogs | Comments

No matter what type of manufacturing business you run, you should always be looking for ways to make your operations safer. To start out the new year safely, take a look at a couple of the major causes of incidents in 2014 and see how these accidents could have been prevented.

Steelworkers to Expand Strike to Two BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 9:30 am | by DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. The United Steelworkers union has notified BP Plc. that workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

Explosion at Chemical Plant in Eastern Ukraine Sparks Fire

February 9, 2015 9:19 am | by PETER LEONARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

A powerful explosion rocked a chemical plant and set it on fire Monday outside the separatist stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. Rebels said the plant was hit by government shelling. No casualties or damage were immediately reported from the blast, which could be heard in downtown Donetsk.

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.

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.

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