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Konrady Plastics expanding in Indiana
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Konrady Plastics is gearing up to go after new business beyond sheet, rod and tube distribution by beefing up its precision part production capacity and technical capability. The privately owned...
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09-26-2016
Plastics help renovate a high profile project house for HGTV in Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Mich. — The 1920s bungalow renovated by cable television’s HGTV for its 2016 Urban Oasis Giveaway greets visitors with all the charm of the Craftsman era: a big porch with...
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09-26-2016
Experts weigh impact of oil on resin pricing
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Chicago — Oil prices are eventually heading north again. And when oil increases, so does resin pricing. Chris Gick, manager of industry and market dynamics with polyethylene maker Nova...
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09-26-2016
AAT to make Plexiglas in China under Evonik license
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Mooloolaba, Australia-based AAT (Advanced Aquarium Technologies) will produce Plexiglas acrylic glass in China under Evonik’s license. The Plexiglas blocks will be exclusively incorporated...
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09-26-2016
Super Brush expands in Massachussetts
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Super Brush LLC recently celebrated the completion of a $3 million investment and expansion of its manufacturing plant in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield, Mass. The company added 10,000...
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09-26-2016
A. Schulman takes long view after tough time
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There are basically two roads forward for the Fairlawn, Ohio-based plastic compound maker A. Schulman Inc., according to analysts who follow the company. One is likely long and leads to an...
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09-26-2016
Takata interiors unit being sold to Piston Group, sources say
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Piston Group, the auto supplier owned by former NBA star Vinnie Johnson, is expected to acquire Takata Corp.'s interiors subsidiary, Irvin Automotive Inc., sources familiar with the transaction...
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09-26-2016
Nolato buying Treff AG
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Swedish injection molder Nolato AB is acquiring Treff AG, a Swiss medical device manufacturer, the companies announced Sept. 26. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first week of...
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09-26-2016
Lanxess boosts additives business with Chemtura acquisition
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Lanxess AG will nearly triple the size of its additives business with the $2.7 billion takeover of U.S.-based flame retardants and lubricant additives group Chemtura Corp. “With this...
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09-26-2016
Making a profit from the UK's new polymer bills
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The United Kingdom's new polymer-based bank note may say it's worth 5 pounds, but collectors have been paying well over that amount to get their hands on some of the first ones in circulation. One ...
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09-23-2016
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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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