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Trading on a future in industrial hemp
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A pair of twentysomethings made their way to Chicago this year to start a trading platform for industrial hemp, a market they say traditional exchanges have overlooked. The two Massachusetts...
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08-25-2016
No growth now expected for plastic products in 2016
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As an analyst of the manufacturing sector, I rely heavily on the monthly industrial production data that is compiled and reported by the Federal Reserve Board. This data is not only an important...
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08-25-2016
Half-year sales flat, profit up at Haitian
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Amid a bumpy global economy, Ningbo, China-based Haitian International Holdings Ltd. posted a healthy 18 percent increase in profit for the first half of the year. Overall sales for the first six...
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08-25-2016
Berry Plastics buying AEP for $765 million
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Berry Plastics Group Inc. is acquiring flexible packaging films maker AEP Industries Inc. in a $765 million deal. Evansville, Ind.-based Berry Plastics said stockholders of Montvale, N.J.-based...
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08-25-2016
Essentra selling Porous Technologies business to Filtration Group
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Plastic, fiber, foam and packaging specialist Essentra plc is selling its Porous Technologies business to U.S.-based Filtration Group Co.  The transaction valued Porous Technologies ...
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08-25-2016
Hayco, Wittmann ready training program for new Dominican factory
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Hong Kong-based processor Hayco is contributing $500,000 worth of equipment to a training program that will support its new factory in the Dominican Republic. Last month, Hayco agreed to donate a...
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08-25-2016
New injection molder opens in Wyoming
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A new injection molder is on the scene in Wyoming with Central Custom Molding LLC opening its doors. The company has a veteran crew that CEO Lyle Sampson says has a combined 140 years of...
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08-25-2016
Sidel sells new PET Combi line to China's Nongfu Spring
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Sidel Group has sold a second PET Combi line to Nongfu Spring, the Chinese bottled water producer. Nongfu bought the first one in 2014. According to Sidel, Nongfu Spring had a 22 percent market...
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08-24-2016
Filmtech triples office space
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A Tennessee-based film maker is tripling the size of its office space through an expansion. Filmtech Inc. recently completed work on a 3,600-square-foot, two-story expansion to complement 1,800...
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08-24-2016
Negri Bossi unveils new GH4 series pumps
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Negri Bossi North America has introduced the Canbio ST, featuring new GH4 series pumps from Bosch-Rexroth, in conjunction with three-phase synchronous motors and drive from Baumuller. The servo-...
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08-24-2016
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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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