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April 24, 2017

NEW YORK, NY — Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, TN, and Wacker Chemical Corp., Adrian, MI, have decided to collaborate on the initiative with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). Eastman and Wacker will support AIChE’s Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative. Led by CCPS, the initiative seeks to ensure that all chemical engineering graduates possess a working knowledge of process safety principles, an area of instruction currently underdeveloped in most university undergraduate chemical curricula.

AIChE noted during the announcement that Eastman has a strong, historical commitment to safe and responsible engineering and was a founding corporate member of CCPS. Wacker, as part of its commitment to the program, will host a CCPS Faculty Process Safety Training Workshop at Wacker’s Charleston, TN, facility in July 2017.

The initiative was created to address the stated need of corporate leaders and engineers for young engineers that are better trained in process safety when they enter the workforce. Also, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology recently enacted standards requiring that process safety be a part of the chemical engineering curriculum. However, universities haven’t yet developed a standardized curriculum to meet the new requirement.

AIChE, New York, NY, is a professional society for chemical engineers around the world. CCPS is a not-for-profit corporate membership organization within AIChE that identifies and addresses process safety needs in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries. Eastman has sites and offices around the world and produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. Wacker is a globally active chemical group headquartered in Munich, Germany.

April 21, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has released a Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) training video to help members understand the changes and regulatory requirements brought to the animal food industry. The video specifically addresses the topic of “Qualified Individuals.” The FSMA requires facilities to train “Qualified Individuals,” which are any staff who manufacture, process, pack, or hold animal food to ensure those employees are qualified to perform their assigned duties. Among other topics, the video discusses how facilities must maintain training records for these individuals, even 2 years after that employee has left a position. AFIA members can stream the video for free, or a USB-stick version can be purchased by members or nonmembers at www.afia.org. AFIA, Arlington, VA, is devoted to representing the business, legislative, and regulatory interests of the animal feed industry and its suppliers.

April 20, 2017

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OH — Ferro Corp., a global functional coatings and colors solution company, has acquired Cappelle Pigments, Menan, Belgium, a producer of specialty, high-performance inorganic and organic pigments for coatings, inks, and plastics applications. The €50.5 million ($53.27 million) acquisition is now complete and will complement Ferro’s positions in complex inorganic colored pigments and ultramarine blue pigments. Cappelle’s strength is bismuth vanadates, offering yellow, orange, and red shade varieties, which provide an environmentally friendly alternative to lead chromates in high-performance applications.

April 19, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — According to preliminary data from the US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the year 2016 had the lowest number of mining deaths ever recorded and was only the second year that mining deaths dropped below 30. The data shows that 25 miners died in work-related accidents at the nation’s mines, down from 29 in 2015. The industry currently has about 330,000 miners in more than 13,000 mines.

Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for the MSHA, has attributed the low fatality rate to the agency’s use of strategic enforcement tools, including targeted impact inspections that address problem mines quickly, reigning in chronic violators, special initiatives aimed at preventing the most common causes of death in the industry, compliance assistance, training and outreach — along with improved mining industry compliance.

April 19, 2017

ARLINGTON, VA — The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has announced that its offices have moved to 1200 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202. The organization can be reached by phone at its new number, 571-348-5100. The organization represents small, medium, and large chemical companies.

April 18, 2017

ESSEN, Germany — Evonik Industries AG, Essen, has acquired J.M. Huber Corp.’s silica business. Headquartered in Edison, NJ, the silica business will help Evonik to strengthen its growth segment resource efficiency. The acquisition will complement Evonik’s current silica business, which is focused on industrial applications, by adding Huber’s consumer-oriented silica business. Evonik is a specialty chemicals producer. Huber creates engineered materials to enhance the performance of consumer goods.

April 17, 2017

BRISTOL, PA — Kemutec Group Inc. has announced that Simon Howard will be the company’s new sales manager. Howard rejoins Kemutec after being at another company. He’ll focus on building on recent success and growth with new business strategies and continued sales team development. He’ll report directly to Rob Dallow, the company’s president. Kemutec, Bristol, PA, supplies powder processing equipment and components for the food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries.

April 14, 2017

BRISTOL, PA — Volkmann Inc. has appointed Lori Clark as vice president of operations. Clark was the second employee at the US division of Volkmann GmbH and has been instrumental in the business’s establishment and significant growth. Her operational responsibilities encompass finances, purchasing, and shipping. The appointment recognizes her contribution to the company and set the tone for future growth. The company, Bristol, PA, supplies vacuum conveyors, bag-dump stations, bulk bag unloaders, and related powder handling equipment.

April 13, 2017

NORFOLK, VA — ASTM International has chosen Katharine “Kathie” Morgan as its new president. The organization, headquartered in Norfolk, VA, develops standards for manufacturing performance and materials, products and processes, systems, and services. Morgan succeeds James A. Thomas, who served in the role for 25 years. She is a 33-year veteran of ASTM International and has served as executive vice president for the past 2 years. Prior to that she was a vice president of technical committee operations. Along with her role at ASTM International, Morgan is a prominent voice for standardization-related issues and is part of other organizations with that focus. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, PA, and a master’s degree in business administration from Widener University in Chester, PA.

April 12, 2017

KANSAS CITY, MO — Schenck Process has added Rate Technology Systems Ltd. to its network of sales representatives. Rate Technology, Mississauga, ON, will cover the provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward, and Quebec. Rate Technology has 20 years’ experience providing engineered solutions in dry bulk material handling for various industries. Schenck Process, Kansas City, MO, supplies dry bulk solids pneumatic conveying, weighing, and feeding systems and has expertise in dust collection equipment.

April 11, 2017

ERIE, PA — Eriez is celebrating its 75-year anniversary in 2017. The company manufactures separation technologies and has expanded globally with manufacturing facilities in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, and the United Kingdom as well as at its headquarters in Pennsylvania. Eriez will celebrate the milestone by releasing the book From Pioneer to World Leader, Volume II, an update of a book that the company published in 1992 to chronicle the events and people that shaped Eriez during its first 50 years in business. According to Tim Shuttleworth, president and CEO, “Eriez’ dedication to constant innovation has enabled us to flourish over the past 75 years.” The company makes magnetic lift and separation, metal detection, and material feeding, screening, conveying, and controlling equipment.

April 10, 2017

LONDON, England — The organizers for CHoPS 2018 have issued a call for papers for the upcoming 9th International Conference on Conveying and Handling of Particulate Solids (CHoPS), which will take place September 10-14, 2018, at the University of Greenwich Maritime Campus in London, England. The event will focus on the emerging opportunities and challenges in solids handling technology in the process industries and the equipment manufacturing sector. The organizers welcome abstract submissions from both academia and industry in the form of research papers or case studies. Applicable topics include powder flow testing, segregation, mixing, mechanical conveying, silo design for material flow, discrete element modeling (DEM) process modeling, bulk material mechanical behaviors, wear, particle attrition, particle interaction and deformation, and industrial applications (case studies). Abstract submissions are due June 5, 2017. For more information on submission guidelines, visit www.chops2018.org.

April 7, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The global rigid packaging market is predicted to reach $848.71 billion in value by 2025, according to the report Rigid Packaging Market Size & Trend Analysis by Material (Plastic, Metal, Paper, Bioplastic), by Application (Food & Beverage, Pharmaceuticals), by Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Segment Forecasts, 2014-2025 by Grand View Research Inc., a market research and consulting company. The food and beverage industry is expected to be a main market driver for the forecast period. In 2015, the segment accounted for more than 50 percent of the market by value within the application segment as demand for packaged foods and beverages increased.

The report also states that the bioplastic material segment is projected to grow at the highest compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8 percent from 2016 to 2025 as demand for recyclable and eco-friendly materials grows from consumers and government regulatory bodies. Another market sector that the report predicts will be strong is the pharmaceutical industry, which analysts predict will grow at a 7.6 percent CAGR because of increased spending on medicines and technological innovations in the sector. In terms of geography, the Asia-Pacific region led demand for rigid packaging in 2015 with 48.4 percent of demand in terms of value. In the near term, growing end-use industries in China and India are expected to drive growth in the market. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,950, visit www.grandviewresearch.com.

April 6, 2017

VERNON, NJ — Metalfab Inc. has announced that it will change its name to Metalfab Material Handling Systems LLC. Company founders, Bill Westdyk, Pete Mazzola, Neal DeBonte, and Tony Bartello retired in 2010 and sold the operation to key employees. The company will still operate from its former location in Vernon, NJ, and will maintain the same telephone numbers. However, the company will be instituting an email extension: “@metalfabmhs.com,” and messages sent to the previous email extension will be redirected to the new address. Metalfab Material Handling Systems supplies equipment to assist dry solids flow from bins, conveyors, and feeders.

April 5, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH — Mettler Toledo has released a new guide called “Weighing the Right Way,” which covers the potential for physical effects and forces that can act on the weighing pan or sample in day-to-day lab operations. The guide also provides tips and tricks that will help users mitigate these factors in a lab setting to improve weighing accuracy. The guide is available from the company at no cost and can be downloaded from the website www.mt.com. Mettler Toledo, Columbus, OH, manufactures weighing instruments and metal detection systems.

April 4, 2017

NEW YORK, NY — The global industrial dryer market was valued at $2,500 million in 2016 and is expected to reach $3,415 million by the end of 2024, expanding at a 3.5 percent compound annual growth rate. Demand for industrial dryers is expected to reach 3,049 units globally by 2024. This is according to Global Market Study on Industrial Dryers by Persistence Market Research. Demand for industrial dryers in the food and pharmaceutical industry is expected to influence the overall growth of the market in the near term. End-user industries depend on dryer systems to maintain product quality and functional value. Other factors within the market include more stringent government guidelines for manufacturing processes coupled with increasing concerns with sustainable industrial expansion, which has compelled the food and pharmaceutical industries to intensify production operations.

The industrial dryer market has also seen the introduction of advanced drying technology recently, and dryer manufacturers are developing industry-specific dryer systems depending on processing requirements. However, the market is expected to be constrained by the high cost of dryer operation and severe limitations pertaining to excessive smoke emissions. The strict emission controls mean that more cost is involved in processing any fume discharge produced by drying equipment.

In terms of product types, the spray dryers segment of the market is projected to show the most growth during the forecast period with continuous dryers in second place in terms of demand. Spray dryers are expected to make up 26 percent of market share in 2024. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,900, visit www.persistencemarketresearch.com.

April 3, 2017

GAINESVILLE, FL — Fike Corp. has named Brad Batz chief executive officer (CEO). Batz will be responsible for leading the strategy and direction of the company globally. In the past, he’s been responsible for introducing new initiatives to streamline the company’s manufacturing and operational processes, including a recent plan to restructure the company to improve its efficiencies and transition to a market-served organization. He holds a BS in business administration with an emphasis on management from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Fike, Blue Springs, MO, is a global supplier of precision-engineered solutions for fire protection, explosion protection, overpressure protection, and pressure activation.

March 31, 2017

SAGINAW, MI — Effective January, 1, 2017, B&P Process Equipment and Systems LLC and B&P Littleford Day LLC, both producers of industrial-grade equipment for mixing and separation, merged. The merger process began in 2015 when B&P purchased Littleford Day’s assets. The new company will offer specialized machinery used in the chemical, pharmaceutical, aluminum, energetics, and plastics industries. The company is headquartered in Saginaw, MI, where a newly renovated technical center is offering equipment testing and research and development. The company also has locations in Fort Mitchell, KY, and Houston, TX.

March 30, 2017

MONTGOMERY, IL — In December, American Crystal Sugar Co. (ACSC) and United Sugars Corp. (USC) began operations at a new bulk sugar storage and transfer facility in Montgomery, which is 45 miles west of Chicago, IL. The $40 million facility was built and financed by ACSC, Moorhead, MN, and will be operated by USC. USC will manage the sales and distribution to customers in the area, where there are numerous food and beverage manufacturing facilities.

The 20-acre facility has a 26,000-square-foot storage dome, a 17,000-square-foot transfer facility, and 5,500 feet of track space. The storage dome will hold more than 60,000 metric tons, or 1.3 million hundredweights, of sugar. According to ACSC, because the dome is unattached to a sugar-producing factory, it will be the largest freestanding sugar storage facility of its kind in the US.

ACSC is an agricultural cooperative owned by shareholders involved in the growing and processing of sugar beets. USC, Edina, MN, is a sugar marketer owned by the ACSC.

March 29, 2017

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Primetals Technologies Ltd. and consortium partner Midrex Technologies Inc. officially have begun production at a newly constructed hot briquetted iron (HBI) facility near Corpus Christi, TX. The plant will produce almost 2.2 million tons of HBI annually, making it the largest single module of this type in the world, according to Primetals Technologies. The companies received an HBI order in Europe in 2013, which made construction of the Corpus Christi facility necessary. Primetals Technologies, London, England, is a joint venture of Siemens, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and Partners Communications. Midrex Technologies, a supplier for the direct reduction of iron, is headquartered in Charlotte, NC.

March 28, 2017

RIDGWAY, PA — Advantage Metal Powders Inc., a virgin and small metal powder mixes specialist, has added a 60,000-pound powder blender. The blender, supplied by Sinterite, a Gasbarre Furnace Group Co., consists of an opposed double-cone design with a maximum metal powder volume of 450 cubic feet, which allows for a consistent blend in larger lot sizes. The company delivers multiple blend types for the automotive and nonautomotive markets.

March 27, 2017

DURHAM, NC — Patheon NV, a pharmaceutical manufacturing and development company, has acquired a state-of-the-art active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturing facility in Florence, SC, from Roche Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Roche Holding Ltd., which creates medicines and diagnostic tests for the health care industry. Patheon has also entered into a multiyear supply arrangement with Roche, which is expected to help defray the costs associated with running the site for the next few years while Patheon adds new clients. The 300,000-square-foot facility is on 1,100 acres and has manufacturing capacity for APIs ranging from the development stage to large-scale manufacturing services. The facility will also allow Patheon to manufacture highly potent compounds, as well as add capabilities to support solid-state chemistry, micronization, and eventually commercial spray drying.

March 24, 2017

SHAKOPEE, MN — In January, a worker at Rahr Malting Co., a US malt supplier to breweries, died after falling into a large grain bin and making contact with some processing equipment. The worker had been employed at the company for just 3 months at the time of the incident. The plant was last inspected in 2009, and, according to state records, the company has been issued seven separate safety violations since 1989, though none were major. OSHA has opened an investigation into the death and will review worker training, existing hazards, and safety protocols in place at the time of the incident.

March 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The EPA announced in December that Canyon Plastics Inc., Valencia, CA, has to pay more than $300,000 to resolve federal Clean Water Act violations and must clean up plastic pellets discharged into local rivers and streams. The company also must install new recycling equipment to protect the Santa Clara River watershed, which is the habitat of the endangered Southern California steelhead trout. The company makes custom blow- and injection-molded products for various industries.

March 22, 2017

AMES, IA — Rio Tinto, a global mining and metals company, has announced a new research initiative with the Critical Materials Institute (CMI). CMI is a US Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames Laboratory. The initiative aims to ensure that the US fully leverages domestic mineral and metals resources required for global leadership in clean power manufacturing. Rio Tinto recognizes climate change as a risk to its business, but sees the transition to a clean power economy as an economic opportunity, according to Nigel Steward, managing director copper and diamond operations. CMI will contribute its research capabilities and Rio Tinto will contribute its operational expertise to the collaboration.

The partnership will focus on extracting critical minerals from the copper smelting process through research on:

  1. improving potential recovery rates of critical minerals and metals such as rhenium, selenium, telluriam, and others from samples taken from Rio Tinto’s Kennecott Copper Mine in Utah and the company’s Resolution Copper project under review and permitting in Arizona.
  2. increasing recovery rates of rare minerals and metals through tailings processing.
  3. examining process improvements that would facilitate blending processed electronic waste (e-waste) with copper concentrates to materially increase the recovery of valuable metals such as gold, copper, silver, platinum, lithium, and rare earths present in older electronic items.

Rio Tinto, headquartered in London, England, finds, mines, and processes mineral resources around the world. CMI, led by the Ames Laboratory in Ames, IA, focuses on technologies that make better use of materials and eliminate the need for materials that are subject to supply disruptions.

March 21, 2017

ST. LOUIS, MO — Specialty Blending Co. LLC has agreed to be purchased by AB Mauri North America, St. Louis, a supplier of yeast and bakery ingredients. Specialty Blending Co. is a bread and sweet goods mix manufacturer and a subsidiary of Flowers Foods Inc. Specialty Blending Co. has a 44,000-square-foot mix and milling operation in Cedar Rapids, IA. The facility has multiple blending lines, including two for whole grain bread concentrates and a third for sweet goods mixes used in items like donuts and honey buns. The facility also has a specialty mill operation for ancient grains, organic grains, and custom blends.

AB Mauri says that the acquisition will strengthen its North American bakery ingredients business. In addition to the new Cedar Rapids facility, AB Mauri has plants in Memphis, TN, Calgary, AB, Montreal, QC, Greenville, TX, and Wilsonville, OR.

March 20, 2017

CINCINNATI, OH — Ceco Environmental Corp. has announced that Matthew Eckl is the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO). Eckl succeeds Edward Prajner, who now provides senior management leadership for the company. Eckl was formerly with Gardner Denver Inc., a global manufacturer of compressors, blowers, pumps, and other fluid-transfer equipment, where he provided financial leadership and oversight. Ceco Environmental, Cincinnati, is a global provider of various engineered technologies, including dust collection equipment and filters.

March 17, 2017

DALLAS, TX — The report Metal Powder Market by Type, by Metal Form, by Production Method, by Compaction Technique, by Application — Global Forecast to 2020 by Markets and Markets, a market research company, forecasts that the global metal powder market will grow at a 3.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2015 to 2020, reaching a value of $4,062.2 million by 2020. The greatest market expansion during the forecast period is expected in the Asia-Pacific region, which is projected to have a 5.01 percent CAGR. The market in that region is driven by increasing competition, consumer awareness, rising consumer spending, demand for powder metallurgy manufactured components, and technological advancements.

The metal powder market in North America accounted for about 40.4 percent of total market share, in terms of value, followed by the markets in Europe and the Asia Pacific. In addition, the report predicts that the metal powder markets in emerging markets in China and India will grow at a relatively higher rate from 2015 to 2020, with China expected to show the greatest growth during this period. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $9,000, visit www.researchandmarkets.com.

March 16, 2017

RICE LAKE, WI — Rice Lake Weighing Systems, has released an app called ScaleConnect for Android devices. The app allows users to collect data, create combination scales, and control Bluetooth or Wi-Fi-equipped ScaleCore devices in a single app. Operators can also view individual device details, configure and calibrate, and add new devices. ScaleConnect is compatible with MSI brand equipment. Rice Lake Weighing Systems supplies measurement and automated process control equipment.

March 15, 2017

MARIETTA, OH — Mole-Master Services Corp. has donated a Junior 360H whip machine to Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, for the university’s feed mill training program. Mole-Master presented the equipment to the university at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in January. Mole-Master has worked with Charles Stark and other instructors at the feed mill training program, doing things such as training students to use Mole-Master equipment. The Junior 360H features a 5-inch diameter hydraulic cutting head, which allows it to fit into extremely small flow channels or ratholes for bin and silo cleanout. Mole-Master is a bin and silo cleanout equipment and service provider.

March 14, 2017

PORTLAND, OR — The global specialty chemicals market is expected to reach $233.5 billion by 2020. The market was examined in the report Specialty Chemicals Market by Allied Market Research, a market research company. In 2014, the construction chemicals and food additives segments accounted for almost half of the market share, a trend that the report states will continue during the forecast period. The Asia-Pacific region made up around 35 percent of the total specialty chemicals market in 2014.

Specialty chemicals are created to perform a specific function, and the industry conducts constant research and development activities, which have led to the development of many advanced specialty chemicals and driven market growth. Heavy investment in construction and infrastructure projects and changing consumer lifestyle and consumption habits, in particular, have increased specialty chemical consumption in emerging economies. Fluctuating raw material cost and stringent government regulations, however, are expected to restrain market growth.

According to the report, the food flavors segment dominated the food additives portion of the market in 2014 and accounted for almost one-third of overall segment revenue. Other strong segments were coagulants and flocculants and biocides and disinfectants, which accounted for more than half of the water treatment chemicals market revenue in 2014. Another important market segment is asphalt additives, which is expected to grow at a 7.5 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR).

The Asia-Pacific region was the leading consumer of both construction chemicals and cosmetics, and the report analysts believe that market dominance in construction chemicals will continue during the forecast period from 2014 to 2020. Overall, this region accounted for about one-third of the total global specialty chemical market and is expected to grow at a 5.4 percent CAGR during the forecast period. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,740, visit www.alliedmarketresearch.com.

March 13, 2017

NEW YORK, NY — The petroleum coke (pet coke) market is driven by growing demand for cost-efficient energy, increasing infrastructure development, and discoveries of new pet coke sources. The pet coke market is examined in the report Global Petroleum Coke Market (Pet Coke) by Type (Fuel Grade Pet Coke & Calcined Grade Pet Coke), by End Use (Cement, Power, Smelting, & Others), by Region Competition Forecast & Opportunities, 2011-2025 by TechSci Research, a research-based management and consulting firm. The market is expected to surpass $25 billion by 2025 and can be segmented into fuel-grade and calcined-grade pet coke.

Fuel-grade pet coke accounts for nearly 80 percent of total pet coke production across the world and is used for power and electricity generation across various manufacturing industries. Some factors driving the pet coke market include rising power consumption, growing urbanization, and increasing investments by various governments, coupled with rising demand for high-energy and cost-efficient fuel from cement, smelting, and power generation industries. Other market gains are expected to stem from the discovery of new sources of pet coke and the cement and power sectors, which will require greater pet coke production during the forecast period. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $3,500, visit www.techsciresearch.com.

March 10, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Engineering Research Center for Structured Organic Particulate Systems (C-SOPS), based at Rutgers School of Engineering, is collaborating with Thermo Fisher Scientific on accelerating the university’s ongoing research on continuous manufacturing techniques for pharmaceutical discovery. With support from Thermo Fisher, C-SOPS now has the Pharma 11 twin screw extruder-granulator, which will be used for testing hot melt extrusion and wet granulation processes in continuous manufacturing.

According to Fernando Muzzio, director, National Science Foundation/Engineering Research Center on Structured Organic Particulate Systems and distinguished professor at Rutgers, “We are very pleased to deepen this important relationship with Thermo Fisher Scientific. We look forward to working with other industrial partners on their particular applications and welcome them to join us.” [Editor’s note: Fernando Muzzio is a member of Powder and Bulk Engineering‘s Editorial Advisory Board.]

C-SOPS, New Brunswick, NJ, is the world’s largest academic-based research organization dedicated to modernizing pharmaceutical manufacturing and dosage forms. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, serves science by helping customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, and increase laboratory productivity.

March 9, 2017

BURLESON, TX — KWS Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has been awarded the Business Partner of the Year Award from Cenikor, a nonprofit organization that provides substance-abuse treatment. KWS, a process equipment and screw conveyor supplier, has worked with Cenikor for more than 12 years and has helped more than 100 individuals recover from issues related to substance abuse. KWS has offered skilled job training and a challenging work environment to individuals from the Cenikor treatment program.

March 8, 2017

CARNEGIE, PA — Carrier Process Equipment Group (CPEG) Inc., a holding company that includes Carrier Vibrating Equipment Inc. and S. Howes LLC, has acquired Heyl & Patterson’s Renneberg division, which is located in Carnegie, and specializes in thermal processing equipment. The new acquisition adds to CPEG’s bulk processing capabilities by adding rotary dryers, calciners, and coolers to the supplier’s equipment lines.

CPEG, based in Louisville, KY, is a 100-percent-employee-owned holding company with global operations in Nivelles, Belgium, and Shanghai, China. The company will increase staff in both Louisville and Carnegie because of the acquisition.

Carrier Vibrating Equipment, Louisville, supplies vibratory technology and thermal processing equipment. S. Howes, Silver Creek, NY, supplies conveyors, mixers, blenders, separators, and granulators.

March 7, 2017

JONESBORO, AR — Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC), a dust, mist, and fume collection equipment supplier, has doubled the size of its testing facility. The facility now includes a climate-controlled area with a new full-size dust collection test rig. This will allow testing compliance with the new ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 199-2016, Method of Testing the Performance of Industrial Pulse Cleaned Dust Collectors.

The new standard measures how well filters actually clean and how dust collectors perform as a whole. The company will use the test rig to test internal product quality and to help customers simulate real-world conditions to evaluate the compliance and effectiveness of various filters. The lab expansion also provides new testing capabilities and includes a highly sensitive scanning electron microscope that can analyze high-efficiency filter media and nanofiber PTFE membrane coatings.

March 7, 2017

FELTON, CA — According to the report Pneumatic Conveying System Market Analysis, Market Size, Application Analysis, Regional Outlook, Competitive Strategies and Forecast, 2016 to 2024, by Hexa Research, a market research and consulting organization, the pneumatic conveying systems market will grow at more than a 6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2016 to 2024. In the near term, growing demand for material handling equipment in various application segments is likely to boost market growth.

Pneumatic conveying systems can be divided into different technologies, including vacuum systems, positive pressure systems, and combination systems. The report indicates that the positive pressure systems sector led the pneumatic conveying systems market in 2014 and is likely to grow at more than a 6 percent CAGR during the forecast period. The vacuum systems sector accounted for more than 35 percent of the overall market share in 2015, and is expected to show large growth as it can be used for free-flowing and lightweight materials. For more info and to purchase a copy of the report for $4,700, visit www.hexaresearch.com.

March 6, 2017

JONESBORO, AR — Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) has named Graeme Bell vice president, Camfil PAC Americas. Bell will relocate from Europe to Camfil APC headquarters in Jonesboro, AR. He’ll hold full responsibility for the manufacturing, technical, and training facility there as well as North and South American sales operations for the company’s dust, mist, and fume collection products. Bell initially joined the company 4 years ago and was most recently vice president, Camfil APC Europe. He has 26 years’ experience in the air pollution control industry and holds a diploma in mechanical engineering.

March 3, 2017

ROSSLYN, VA — NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI), which measures current North American business conditions, increased from 55.6 in October to 57.9 in November as panel members anticipate a probusiness tilt in Washington, DC, after the election. (An index reading above 50 indicates respondents expect industry conditions will be appropriate for expansion.) While only 11 percent of panel respondents rated conditions worse in November, that reading is almost double the 6 percent of those who responded similarly in October. The survey also shows that the EBCI for future expectations rose to 73.7, an increase from 66.7 in October. According to the survey, 63 percent of respondents expect the business environment to improve over the next 6 months, 16 percent expect a decline in industry conditions, and 21 percent expect little change in industry conditions. NEMA represents the electrical manufacturing industry.

March 2, 2017

BETHEL, CT — The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced that Willem De Vos will step down as chief executive officer (CEO) of the organization in 2017. De Vos joined the organization in 2012 as CEO after a 22-year career in the plastics industry in Europe and Asia. According to SPE president Scott Owens, “The focus of the new CEO will be to continue building upon this new and effective business model. With our enhanced infrastructure and strong management team, the new CEO should continue the current path to create added value for the industry and its professionals.” The organization hopes to have a replacement CEO by mid-year. SPE, Bethel, CT, promotes scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics worldwide.

March 1, 2017

RESTON, VA — PMMI — The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies released its 2016 State of the U.S. Packaging Machinery Report during Pack Expo International and Pharma Expo 2016. According to the report, domestic shipments of packaging machinery in the US will grow at a 2.4 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), reaching $8.5 billion in 2020. More than half of the projected growth is expected to come from the food and beverage sector.

The report states that the value of domestic shipments of US-produced packaging machinery rose 0.3 percent to $7.51 billion in 2015. Exports in 2015 also increased by 3.2 percent, compared to 2014, and were valued at $1.1 billion. In addition, the backlog of machinery orders grew by 14.1 percent compared to orders placed in 2014.

PMMI produces its annual state of the industry report based on US Census Bureau reports and shipments data provided by association members who manufacture packaging machinery. The report analyzes 28 packaging machinery categories and describes trends and the outlook for packaging machinery equipment through 2020. PMMI, represents more than 750 North American manufacturers and suppliers in the packaging and processing industry. For more info and to purchase the report for $3,500 ($1,500 for PMMI members), visit www.pmmi.org.

March 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC — The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) Board of Governors has re-elected officers and its executive committee. Charles “Chuck” Bennett, vice chairman, Dixie Chemical, was re-elected as chairman of the board. The other officers elected to 1-year terms are: Dave Doles, Lonza, 1st vice chairman; Gene Williams, Optima Chemical Group LLC, 2nd vice chairman; Michael Ott, Polysciences Inc., secretary; J. Steel Hutchinson, GFS Chemicals Inc., immediate past chair; and Kate Donahue, Hampford Research Inc., member-at-large. SOCMA’s board of governors provides strategic direction, maintains fiscal responsibility, and helps to deliver member value. The organization, based in Washington, DC, represents small, medium, and large chemical companies.

February 28, 2017

BAYONNE, NJ — The New Jersey State Police Interstate Theft North Unit has arrested two New York men for allegedly operating a theft ring that sold stolen plastic scrap overseas. The arrests are the result of a 4-month-long investigation, in which authorities found that Apex Recycling in Bayonne, NJ, would accept potentially stolen plastic products and scrap them for the overseas market, typically sending the material to China. The two men, Yih Tan and Rong Wu, were charged with receiving and fencing stolen property. When the recycling facility was searched, more than 45,000 pounds of plastic regrind, valued at $67,000 was found. Investigators also found more than $20,000 in currency.

February 27, 2017

CHICAGO, IL — The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) conference held in October 2016 drew more than 11,500 attendees to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The conference featured educational sessions, interactive discussions, and workshops for women engineers at every stage of their career. The conference also featured, for the first time, the State of Women in Engineering, where SWE research leaders and partners discussed the latest data and trends on women in engineering. The event also had a career fair with more than 300 exhibitors interviewing onsite for open positions at their organizations. SWE, Chicago, IL, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization for women engineers.

October 26, 2016

KALAMAZOO, MI — Hapman, a bulk material handling equipment supplier, has expanded its manufacturing campus in Kalamazoo, MI, to 159,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The original plant location, known as Building 1, will house some final equipment assembly, an expanded technology center, shipping, and KMC Global corporate headquarters (Hapman’s parent company). A second building will house core manufacturing for the company’s line of conveyors, unloaders, fillers, and other large-scale system components, and a third building on the campus is currently being renovated and will hold the company’s controls division expansion.

March 24, 2016

COATESVILLE, Pa. — Aerzen USA was named as one of Pennsylvania’s Best Places to Work in 2015. The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. It’s a public-private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal that identifies, recognizes, and honors the best places of employment in Pennsylvania. According to Keith Rolfe, vice president of Aerzen, “This award represents the results of focusing on our company’s triple-bottom-line philosophy of supporting people, the planet, and prosperity.” The company supplies positive-displacement blowers, turbo blowers, screw compressors, and vacuum pumps.

March 16, 2016

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — AkzoNobel has invested $10 million in a new research, development, and innovation center located near its former building in Strongsville. The new facility will employ about 120, with scientists and technicians accounting for half of that number. The center will support several of the company’s performance coatings businesses, including coil, extrusion, and packaging coatings. The center will also focus on new product development, technology, and service development. AkzoNobel is a global coatings and chemicals company headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.