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BASF invests in biomass-to-sugar startup

PHILADELPHIA — German chemical company BASF has invested $30 million in a startup company that produces industrial sugars from wood and other nonfood plant materials for use in chemical
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Inaugural Manufacturing EXPO to be held in Cleveland

CLEVELAND — More than 3,000 manufacturing professionals from Canada and the U.S. are expected to gather in Cleveland on Feb. 14-15 for the inaugural Manufacturing EXPO, according to a
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Chemical fire causes explosion at fiberglass plant, firefighter hospitalized

WINNIPEG, Canada — A chemical-fuelled fire erupted Monday at a fiberglass window and door manufacturing facility in Winnipeg, destroying parts of the building and nearly killing firefighters, The Winnipeg
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Westlake Chemical to increase capacity of chlor-alkali plant

HOUSTON — Westlake Chemical Corporation announced today it is increasing the capacity of the previously announced chlor-alkali plant to be located at its vinyls manufacturing complex in Geismar, La.,
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Three northwest US manufacturers failed to report chemical releases

SEATTLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined three manufacturers located in Idaho, Oregon and Washington for violating federal community right-to-know reporting requirements by failing to report
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Lawsuit claims workers were poisoned at Occidental Chemical plant

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. — A lawsuit filed by the widow of a deceased worker claims her husband’s death last year was the result of mercury exposure at an Occidental
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3M offers early retirement to 4,900 US workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. — 3M Co. is offering early retirement to about 4,900 U.S. employees in an effort to cut costs, Bloomberg reported. The company expects about 1,000 workers
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LyondellBasell may spend $1.5 billion on new plants, expansions

NEW YORK — Chemical maker LyondellBasell Industries announced it may spend $1.5 billion on new plants and expansions to add as much as $1 billion a year to pretax
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Two injured in chemical refinery fire

PASADENA, Texas — A chemical refinery in Pasadena, Texas, erupted in flames Saturday night, leaving two workers injured, myfoxhouston.com reported. Nearby residents reported hearing at least two explosions coming
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German chemical sales growth to slow in 2012, VCI predicts

FRANKFURT, Germany — VCI, Germany’s chemical association, predicts German chemical sales growth to slow next year from a record in 2011 as customers reduce stock piles, Bloomberg reported. According
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