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US plastics industry shows gains, but uncertainty clouds 2013 outlook
WASHINGTON (Dec. 13, 5:10 p.m. ET) — The U.S. plastics industry broke a long losing streak in 2011, increasing its jobs total for the first time since 1999. Some of that good fortune continued into 2012, as exports of molds and machinery each posted solid gains in the first nine months of the year.