North American fertilizer production projects totaling $22 billion may be at risk of delay amid increased scrutiny from regulators and communities after last week’s explosion at a Texas plant killed 14 people.
DuPont Co.’s Pioneer seed unit said in 2005 it would make herbicide-tolerant soybeans and corn within five years to challenge the dominance of seeds with Monsanto Co.’s widely licensed Roundup Ready trait.
Airgas Inc. , trying to fend off a $5.5 billion hostile bid from Air Products & Chemicals Inc. , lost a bid to invalidate a new bylaw that shortens the date for the company’s annual meeting, paving the way for a takeover.
A former paralegal told Florida investigators that workers at a law firm that processed foreclosures signed paperwork without reading it, misdated records and skirted rules protecting homeowners in the military.
Marc Albertsen, the bespectacled, 62-year-old research director at Pioneer Hi-Bred, DuPont Co. ’s seed-development unit, was catching up on paperwork one morning in July 2007 when he got a call from an assistant, Sharon Cerwick.
DuPont Co., the most valuable U.S. chemical maker, cut its 2011 earnings forecast by 10 cents a share because of falling demand for consumer electronics and plastics and continued weak demand for construction products.