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Bill on West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast. 

Toeboard Links for Grating and Deck Plate

August 7, 2014 9:34 am | by Intrepid Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Intrepid Industries Inc. announced immediate availability of Toeboard Links (T5), enabling engineers, fabricators and end-users a more economical way to encircle pipe penetrations in grating and deck plate. 

AB InBev Brewery Cited For Serious Violations

August 6, 2014 2:50 pm | by OSHA | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch is facing fines of $92,400 after one of its breweries was found in breach of eight “serious safety violations” by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.             

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Former GM Site Sold To Aircraft Maintenance Company

August 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former General Motors facility in Washtenaw County has been sold to aircraft maintenance company International Turbine Industries.                                 

A Toe Above The Competition: KEEN's Story

August 5, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

In a Portland, Oregon headquarters that feels more like a tech startup than a shoe manufacturer, you’ll find one of the most innovative outdoor and utility footwear companies in the country.                  

Manufacturer Limits Employee Bathroom Breaks

August 5, 2014 10:11 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Union employees for a Chicago faucet company file a complaint about 6 minute bathroom breaks.                                             

Official Says Mechanical Failure Caused Food Lab Blast

August 5, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                          

Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 4, 2014 4:41 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in July for the 14th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 62nd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.   

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Death Toll Rises To 75 in Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 9:56 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.          

Nevada No Lock for Tesla Plant Despite Groundwork

August 4, 2014 9:46 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lance Gilman knows the bidding war with Texas, California, New Mexico and Arizona has just begun now that the electric-car maker has confirmed the first stage of preparation for a "gigafactory."                 

Judge Says Crystal CEO Should Testify in Lawsuit

July 31, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge says American Crystal Sugar Co. CEO David Berg should testify in a federal lawsuit pitting the refined sugar manufacturer against the corn syrup industry.                        

Boeing Will Handle Final Assembly of 787-10 in SC

July 31, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.                                 

Cargill To Close Beef Plant, Cites Cattle Shortage

July 30, 2014 4:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill plans to close a Milwaukee beef-processing plant which employs about 600 people on Friday due to a shortage of cattle.                                     

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Kellogg Plans To Close Georgia Plant

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. officials announced Monday that they're closing a plant in Columbus as part of a restructuring process. The move is expected to eliminate 325 jobs.                           

Arkansas Lands $90M Wood Pellet Manufacturing Site

July 30, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Texas-based company is opening a $90 million facility in south Arkansas to manufacture wood pellets that can be used as an alternative fuel source.                              

Company To Fight Penalties in Omaha Plant Collapse

July 30, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A livestock feed company intends to contest citations and proposed penalties issued by federal safety regulators after the collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees.                      

Durable, Comfortable Work Boots

July 30, 2014 11:27 am | by KEEN Utility | Product Releases | Comments

With a long list of technology and features, this boot fends off fatigue and preserves your energy so you've got something left in the tank even after your shift is through. 

5 Things Employers Should Know About Prescription Painkiller Use

July 30, 2014 9:57 am | by National Safety Council | Articles | Comments

Twenty-three percent of the workforce has misused prescription painkillers, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, making opioid use a serious threat to employee safety.                      

Drugmaker Amgen Laying Off At Least 2,400

July 30, 2014 9:29 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Biologic drugmaker Amgen said Tuesday that it will lay off 12 to 15 percent of its worldwide workforce and close four sites, even as it reported stellar second-quarter results that trounced Wall Street expectations.             

Past is Present: The History of Remote Monitoring

July 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by Spencer Cramer, President & CEO of Ei3 | Articles | Comments

In the packaging industry specifically, operators on the line can anticipate potential issues and prevent stoppages in a wide range of applications, including material handling, filling and labeling.                 

1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Omega Protein spokesman Ben Landry said it happened about 9:30 a.m. while employees of a subcontractor were working on two storage tanks and one of the tanks blew up.                        

RPM Agrees To $797.5M Deal on Asbestos Claims

July 28, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

RPM International plans to spend nearly $800 million as part of a preliminary deal to fund a trust that resolves asbestos personal injury claims tied to a business owned by its Specialty Products Holding Corp.            

Tyson Selling Mexico, Brazil Poultry Operations

July 28, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods says it will sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt tied to its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.                          

Fertilizer Companies Blame Texas City for Blast

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two fertilizer companies sued following a deadly Texas explosion are claiming the small town deserves blame for failing to properly train volunteer firefighters and first responders, who made up most of the 15 people killed by the blast.    

GM Proposes Expansion for Michigan Crossover Plant

July 28, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Detroit automaker is seeking a tax break for work at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant, which makes the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia.                          

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