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Pricing front quiet for everything but PP in May
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The North American commodity resin market gave peace a chance in May, with all prices flat except for polypropylene. Plastics News in May reported an additional 2-cent decrease on North American...
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06-24-2016
Matsui partners with SA Engineering Technology center
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Livonia, Mich. — Matsui America Inc. of Hanover Park, Ill., is partnering with the new SA Engineering Technology Collaboration Center in Livonia. The center’s main objective is to...
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06-24-2016
Plastic Omnium launches tanks for hybrid vehicles
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The first plastic fuel tank from Plastic Omnium for the growing hybrid vehicle market will initially be delivered in December 2016 for Hyundai’s plug-in hybrid vehicles in South Korea. The...
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06-24-2016
Wacker to boost capacity at South Korea factory
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Construction on an $18.1 million expansion project is expected to begin later this summer and will boost Wacker Chemie A.G.’s silicone elastomer production capacity in South Korea beginning...
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06-24-2016
Iowa processor honored for helping workers overcome barriers to employment
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Sioux City, Iowa — Owner Revolution Inc., an Atlanta, Iowa-based company with holdings including acrylic fabricators and a rotational molding company, has been picked for a 2016 Iowa Job...
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06-24-2016
Covestro boss labels Brexit vote 'disappointing'
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Patrick Thomas, the chief executive of materials giant Covestro, has described the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union as “personally very disappointing....
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06-24-2016
Davis-Standard expands in Connecticut
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Pawcatuck, Conn. — Davis-Standard LLC is adding 15,000 square feet of space to its main factory in Pawcatuck, and will move all manufacturing of blown film dies there from Gloucester, Mass....
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06-24-2016
UK plastics industry 'will survive,' but expects resin pricing volatility
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The United Kingdom plastics industry will survive the ‘Brexit’ vote, but market volatility is likely to hit raw material prices in the short term. That was the message from Mike Bowell,...
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06-24-2016
Pa. company owner faces criminal charges
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The former owner of a Pennsylvania company that reconditioned and recycled industrial containers faces criminal charges following a fire last year at his site. Eric Spatt is former owner of...
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06-24-2016
Cameron to resign as the UK votes to leave the European Union
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David Cameron has announced his resignation as Prime Minister after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) after an historic – and often bitter – referendum campaign....
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06-24-2016
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Published on March 5, 2013

U.S. Plastics Industry Labor Trends 2013 - Analysis of Education, Training and Workforce Development 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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