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Mar-Bal celebrates its newest 'baby'
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Painesville, Ohio — Aug. 16 was a big day for Mar-Bal Inc., as the thermoset plastics firm formally opened its new production site in Painesville. Chagrin Falls, Ohio-based Mar-Bal hosted an ...
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08-17-2018
Private equity group buys Adams Manufacturing
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London private equity firm BC Partners has purchased Adams Manufacturing Corp., the largest U.S. manufacturer of outdoor resin furniture, in a deal announced Aug. 17 that will link it with another ...
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08-17-2018
Pexco buys Custom Extrusion, expects more acquisitions
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Specialty plastics extruder Pexco LLC has grown again through acquisition. Pexco bought Custom Extrusion Inc. Aug. 14 for undisclosed terms. Custom Extrusion is based in Sheffield, Mass., and also ...
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08-17-2018
CalRecycle works to nail down details in reusable bag law
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Staff members at CalRecycle are weighing a range of comments about proposed regulations for the state's reusable-bag-law. Plastic bag makers, recyclers and environmentalists have all taken issue...
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08-17-2018
Demonstrating 3D with LSR at NPE
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Orlando, Fla. — There's a lot of buzz about 3D printing of liquid silicone rubber, and R.D. Abbott Co. Inc. and M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. attracted attention at NPE2018 with live...
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08-17-2018
Consultant: LSR the fastest-growing among the four main silicones
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Cleveland —​ Demand for silicones is expected to grow significantly through 2024, and liquid silicone rubber is a big part of that growth. Patrick Ellis, associate consultant with...
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08-17-2018
Demonstrating 3D with LSR at NPE
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Orlando, Fla. — There's a lot of buzz about 3D printing of liquid silicone rubber, and R.D. Abbott Co. Inc. and M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. attracted attention at NPE2018 with live...
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08-17-2018
Chen Hsong's Taiwan unit starts sourcing local servos
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Taipei, Taiwan — Taiwan aspires to produce sophisticated all-electric injection molding machines wired for today's smart factories. One bottleneck to making cost-conscious offerings, though, ...
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08-17-2018
Consultant: LSR the fastest-growing among the four main silicones
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Cleveland —​ Demand for silicones is expected to grow significantly through 2024, and liquid silicone rubber is a big part of that growth. Patrick Ellis, associate consultant with...
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08-17-2018
Prost: Processors should take cyber security seriously
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Columbus, Ohio — Cyber security maven John Prost laid out a sobering portrait of hackers — and not just computer hackers, but thieves who use the telephone, too — at the...
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08-16-2018
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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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