Mark your calendars for PBE’s remaining 2020 webinar

The remaining webinar in Powder and Bulk Engineering’s 2020 schedule will be presented on November 10. On Tuesday, November 10, Eric Maynard of Jenike & Johanson will present “Five must-know rules when designing an effective dust collection system.” All webinars run from noon to 1:30 p.m. ET. For additional information or to register, go to […]

Grain Craft closing Cleveland our mill

Grain Craft announced in April that it will close its flour mill in Cleveland, OH. The company committed to providing financial assistance and outplacement services for employees affected by the closure, citing “challenging market dynamics and long-term supply chain obstacles,” as the reason for shuttering the mill. Additionally, the company’s president noted that access to […]

Flexicon opens Germany-based office

Flexicon (Europe) GmbH, Kent, England — a fully owned subsidiary of Flexicon Corp., Bethlehem, PA, that supplies bulk handling equipment such as flexible screw conveyors, tubular cable conveyors, pneumatic conveying systems, bulk bag fillers, and other related equipment — has opened an office in Cologne, Germany, to provide factory-direct engineering services and technical sales support. […]

Rio Tinto develops novel scandium extraction process from TiO2 by-product

Mining and metals company Rio Tinto has developed a new method to recover high-purity scandium oxide, a rare earth, using waste from the production of titanium dioxide (TiO2) at its production facility in Canada. The company is exploring ways to commercialize the process and have moved the scandium extraction processing from a lab to a […]

Bühler launches Minnesota-based food application center

Bühler Minneapolis has announced the opening of its new Food Application Center (FAC) based in Plymouth, MN. The unveiling occurred in June during the company’s virtual event, Bühler Go!2020. With the new food center, the company aims to support and drive innovation for its customers, industry partners, and academia. According to Bühler North America’s CEO […]

Delicious accident dusts town with chocolate after cooling vent malfunction

The Swiss town of Olten was unexpectedly dusted with chocolate or “nibs” from a local factory owned by Lindt & Spruengli AG. According to the company’s statement to the Associated Press, a chocolate factory had a slight malfunction in a cooling vent for their chocolate. The issue caused chocolate nibs to y through the air […]

Cabot investing $90 million in Louisiana plant

Cabot Corp., a carbon black producer, will invest $90 million in its Ville Platte, LA, plant. The expansion is expected to generate 15 new jobs and will begin operating in 2021. The company accepted an incentive package from the State of Louisiana, including a $1 million performance-based grant to offset infrastructure costs and a $500,000 […]

Texas plans tightening on pellet pollution regulations

State regulators in Texas are considering new rules that could require about 155 plastic resin plants and processing factories in the state to eliminate pellet leakage into the environment. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is considering the new rules after a $50 million settlement in 2019 against Formosa Plastics Corp. for its pellet […]

Evonik opens 3D printing technology center in Austin, TX

Evonik Industries AG, a specialty chemical company headquartered in Essen, Germany, has opened a new technology center for 3D printing in Austin, TX. The new US site for additive manufacturing (AM) will play a key role in the global innovation network that will seek to develop new, ready-to-use materials for powder-bed fusion. The center is […]

Grain Craft closing Cleveland flour mill

Grain Craft announced in April that it will close its flour mill in Cleveland, OH. The company committed to providing financial assistance and outplacement services for employees affected by the closure, citing “challenging market dynamics and long-term supply chain obstacles,” as the reason for shuttering the mill. Additionally, the company’s president noted that access to […]

AFIA welcomes new protocol allowing greater pet food market access in Chinese markets

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) welcomes a new protocol from the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The protocol would allow pet food manufacturers to expand access for selling their products in the Chinese marketplace. APHIS created the protocol specically for exporting US pet food products to the Asian […]

Spice company Olde Thompson acquires family-owned company

Olde Thompson, a provider of private label and branded spices and seasonings in Oxnard, CA, announced that it has acquired Gel Spice. Gel Spice is a family owned importer and manufacturer of spices, seasonings, and bakery ingredients in Bayonne, NJ. The acquisition will allow Olde Thompson to have a bicoastal manufacturing footprint. The partnership will […]

GEAPS and K-State offer hour-long trainings for grain industry topics

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State) announced a new online training program called Crash Courses. The hour-long courses are available on-demand with the aim to supplement grain companies’ existing training programs. Currently, the program includes three courses: Introduction to the Industry, Grain Quality Management, and Pest Control. According to […]

Dekra offers online safety conference available through December 2020

Dekra North America, a safety company that offers training, consulting, and other services, has held its 2020 Safety in Action Digital Experience in a digital format in light of the inability to hold an in-person conference. The conference was held in June, but attendees can still register and view the conference proceedings through December 31, […]