3M has completed its acquisition of Biotrace International PLC, a Bridgend, UK-based manufacturer and supplier of industrial microbiology products used in food processing safety, health care and other applications. The acquisition allows the company to provide food processors with a broader range of products that complement the 3M Petrifilm Plate product line. Biotrace specializes in the development and manufacture of hygiene monitors and tests for Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli.
Thermo Electron Corp. and Fisher Scientific International Inc. have merged, creating Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a world leader in providing products and services in the life, laboratory and health sciences industry. The new company is headquartered in Waltham, Mass., and has approximately $9 billion in revenues and 30,000 employees.
Blue Ribbon Service from Gainco, a leading service organization offering maintenance and repair for weighing and yield management systems, announces the introduction of new tiered service agreements as part of an expanded offering of programs. They provide a wide range of flexible choices that can complement and support plants’ own in-house maintenance activities. Among the offerings are regular inspections for equipment operation, adjustment and calibration, as well as identifying parts or assemblies that are out of alignment, improperly sealer or nearing the end of their service life.