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Material Insights: Plastics business central to Dow after upcoming split with DuPont 11-12-2018
Molders ready to seize a spot in Foxconn's massive supply chain
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​Foxconn Technology Group's estimated $10 billion investment in a sprawling 22 million-square-foot manufacturing campus in southeastern Wisconsin could be an opportunity for the state's...
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11-12-2018
Buyers: Direct, honest communication best during acquisition process
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Indianapolis — Direct and honest communication between buyer and seller will help drive successful acquisitions. That's according to Morris Rowlett, chairman of Quantum Plastics LLC, a firm...
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11-12-2018
PPC acquires Plaskolite in major plastics sheet deal
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Investment firm PPC Partners is acquiring plastics sheet giant Plaskolite LLC from a unit of Charlesbank Capital Partners for an undisclosed price. In a Nov. 9 phone interview, Plaskolite CEO...
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11-12-2018
Innovation in defect detection honored by MAPP
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Indianapolis — Microplastics Inc. took home the top prize for innovation in defect detection during the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors' annual Benchmarking and Best...
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11-12-2018
Cooper Standard unit completes Continental's NVH footprint
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Certain opportunities are just too perfect to pass up.Continental AG's Vibration Control business, which produces anti-vibration parts like engine mounts for the automotive industry, has a strong...
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11-12-2018
German packaging firms expect growth, but new rules await
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The German plastic packaging industry is set to grow in 2018 as the country braces for more stringent packaging rules in 2019. According to figures published by the German Plastics Packaging...
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11-12-2018
Bayport Polymers and Celanese join ACC plastics division
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Washington — The American Chemistry Council’s plastics division has picked up two new members, Bayport Polymers LLC and Celanese Corp., with both saying they’re joining the group ...
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11-09-2018
Beechworth Windows to close manufacturing site
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A subsidiary of James Hardie Industries SE is shuttering a fiberglass window manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, Wis., where 80 employees will lose their jobs by Jan. 7. The facility opened in 2014...
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11-09-2018
UK Parliament to debate plastic-free packaging for fruit and vegetables
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The United Kingdom House of Commons will debate a petition on Nov. 12 urging the government to make supermarkets offer plastic-free packaging for fresh fruit and vegetables. Signed by 123,000...
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11-09-2018
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Published on March 5, 2013 U.S. Plastics Industry Labor Trends 2013 - Analysis of Education, Training and Workforce Development

This report highlights various workforce-related strategies and features in-depth analysis of manufacturing labor trends in the United States, including performance in 2012 and a forecast for 2013 and beyond.

Our analysts provide insight into trends that impact labor growth in the United States, including:

  • Recruiting & retention
  • Social media as a recruiting tool
  • Training & education
  • The manufacturing skills gap
  • Right-to-work & unionization
  • Contingent workers
  • Military veterans as a talent pool
  • Managing Gen Y workers
  • Women in manufacturing

A special section, developed in conjunction with the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., includes detailed data about plastics industry employment trends as well as an extensive directory of U.S. colleges offering plastics- and manufacturing-relevant programs.

Charts and graphs detail:

  • Civilian employment from 1992-2012
  • Employment in manufacturing
  • Annual growth of the labor force
  • Union membership trends
  • Contingent labor

Various directories provide federal, state and regional workforce-related resources to help employers connect with groups that can assist with recruitment, apprenticeships, training, and funding.

The report also offers perspectives from industry thought leaders regarding their views on labor trends, the skills gap, millennials, social media and women in manufacturing. These Q&A interviews include:

  • Dr. Peter Cappelli, Professor at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Howard W. Coleman, Principal, MCA Associates
  • Allison Grealis, Program Director, Women in Manufacturing
  • Jeannine Kunz, Director of Marketing & Professional Development, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Eric Schwartzman, President/CEO, Social Media Compliance Training Inc.
  • Michael Taylor, Senior Director - International Affairs & Trade, SPI

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