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Briefly: Ferrara Candy May Be Sold | Navistar Center relocates to Melrose Park from Indy | OSHA Fines Melrose Park Bakery

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Ferrara Candy Co., in Forest Park, could be headed to the auction block. | File

Thursday, December 22, 2016 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews

The Cook County Chronicle reported today that Forest Park-based Ferrara Candy Co., Cook County’s “last large-scale candy manufacturing company,” may be headed to the auction block.

“The New York Post and other sources reported David West, Hershey Foods CEO between 2007 and 2011, had offered up to $1.5 billion for the company,” the Chronicle reported.

The sale, according to the New York Post, was supposed to be announced before Christmas. The Post added that Conyers Park Acquisition generated more than $400 million in 2015 to purchase Ferrara.

To read the full Chronicle story, click here.

Truck center relocates to Melrose Park from Indy

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The Navistar plant in Melrose Park. | David Wilson/Flickr

Navistar, the international truck and engine corporation based in Lisle, Illinois, recently held a grand opening for its used truck reconditioning center in Melrose Park, which includes a wash bay, parts storage area and a welding room.Kerr

The grand opening comes in the wake of the closure and relocation of the company’s Indianapolis center.

“With the closure and sale of the Indianapolis Center, Navistar reviewed potential replacement options and decided to co-locate to the Melrose Park prototype and testing facility, near Chicago,” noted a recent article in Recycling Today.

“One of the greatest advantages of a centralized Reconditioning Center is the ability to work hand-in-hand with the on-site product engineering and prototype team in order to fully understand product durability and use this knowledge to provide the highest level of service to our customers,” said Jeff Heichel, vice president, used truck operations, for Navistar.

Next year, Navistar announced, the company will relocate a nearby international used truck sales center to the Melrose Park facility.

In 2014, according to a Crain’s Chicago Business article, Navistar shifted the production of its midrange enging to its Melrose Park facility from Huntsville, Alabama.

The consolidation was reported at the time to result in 75 new jobs, which included recalled employees and temporary workers.

The company’s statement didn’t address whether any jobs would be created from the move.

OSHA fines Melrose Park industrial bakery

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Kerry Inc., in Melrose Park. | Google Earth

[OSHA News Release – Region 5] Just six weeks after a machine amputated a maintenance worker’s left hand as he cleared jammed material stuck in a machine at its Melrose Park bread products facility, the company reported a second worker’s right forearm suffered multiple fractures as he cleaned another machine.

Federal safety inspectors investigating the injuries found, in both instances, the company allowed employees to service machinery without isolating operating parts, a process known as lockout/tagout.

On Dec. 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed penalties of $86,942 for one repeated and two serious violations to Kerry Inc., a leading global food products company.

“The tragic loss of one employee’s hand failed to serve as a catalyst for Kerry to re-evaluate its machine safety procedures. Subsequently, the lack of such procedures caused a second worker to suffer severe injuries,” said Angeline Loftus, OSHA’s area director for its Chicago North Area Office in Des Plaines.

“The injuries suffered by these employees could have been prevented if their employer had followed required safety procedures to isolate energy to machines before allowing workers to service them. Kerry needs to make immediate changes to its safety procedures to protect its workers on the job.”

Investigators determined the 52-year-old worker was clearing material in the bread crumb conveyor when his injury occurred on Aug. 17, 2016. The machine’s cyclone pulled his left hand into the machine, causing the amputation. On Sept. 27, 2016, a 57-year-old man’s forearm – who was cleaning a dough machine – was injured a mixing blade rotated unexpectedly.

OSHA also found the company failed to:

  • Conduct periodic inspections of machine lockout/tag out procedures.
  • Document and utilize written energy control procedures when servicing machines.

The agency cited Kerry for similar hazards in 2011 at the company’s Flemington, New Jersey facility.

View current citations here.

Based in Ireland, Kerry provides food and beverage products to consumers in 140 countries. The multi-billion dollar company operates facilities on six continents and employs more than 20,000 worldwide. The company’s U.S. headquarters are based in Beloit, Wisconsin.

Kerry has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Chicago North Area Office at 847-803-4800.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

To read the Cook County Chronicle’s reporting on the matter, click here. VFP

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