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Material Insights: LyondellBasell, A. Schulman to make behemoth $4.6 billion company
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LyondellBasell is acquiring A. Schulman for $2.25 billion, Westlake Chemical announces expansions and a pair of firms make plans in India. ...
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02-20-2018
Milacron reports fourth quarter growth, but no uptick from tax reform
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Milacron Holdings Corp. is ending the fourth quarter with $325 million in sales — a 9 percent increase over last year in the same period — citing double-digit growth in machinery and...
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02-20-2018
Huntington Solutions acquires Ohio-based TrimTec Systems
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Huntington Foam LLC is expanding its packaging business with the acquisition of a Central Ohio company. Huntington, based in Greer, S.C., has purchased TrimTec Systems Ltd. of Grove City, Ohio, a...
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02-20-2018
Barnes Group reports strong 2017 sales, record hot runner sales
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Barnes Group Inc.’s bottom line took a $96.7 million tax reform hit in the fourth quarter of 2017, but companywide sales were strong, and the company’s hot runner sales reached record...
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02-20-2018
Westlake adding capacity for PVC and VCM in US and Germany
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Westlake Chemical Corp. plans to add capacity for PVC resin and vinyl chloride monomer feedstock at plants in Louisiana and Germany. Houston-based Westlake will add a total of 750 million pounds...
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02-20-2018
Outstanding results and another record year for Covestro in 2017
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Driven by a high demand for high-performance plastics and significantly higher margins, Covestro increased group sales by 18.8 percent to EUR 14.1 billion over the past fiscal year. Group EBITDA...
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02-20-2018
Entries open for International Design Awards
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Organizers of the International Design Excellence Awards competition added categories, balanced jury representation across design disciplines, rebranded the logo and upgraded trophies for this...
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02-20-2018
Total, Borealis and Nova Chemicals form Gulf Coast petrochemicals joint venture
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French oil company Total SA, Austria’s Borealis AG and Canada-based Nova Chemicals Corp. on Feb. 19 announced that they have agreed to form a joint venture in petrochemicals on the U.S. Gulf ...
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02-20-2018
Wine and molding
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Jessica Bell has created a plastic wine glass that even a merlot-drinking wine snob can love. And she's working with Wisconsin-based custom injection molder Sussex IM Inc. for volume production of ...
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02-16-2018
Uponor invests $10 million in smart water venture
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Vantaa, Finland — Uponor Oyj will put another $10 million toward its joint venture with Belkin International, bringing its total investment in their company called Phyn LLC to $25 million....
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02-16-2018
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Published on March 5, 2013 U.S. Plastics Industry Labor Trends 2013 - Analysis of Education, Training and Workforce Development with Excel tables

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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