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Wilbert Plastic Services invests $9.6M for Ford Escape launch
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Wilbert Plastic Services Inc. is investing an estimated $9.6 million in equipment and facility upgrades at its Lebanon, Ky., plant in preparation of the launch for the 2020 Ford Escape. The...
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06-22-2018
Old Dow, new Dow to have a lot in common
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The new Dow Chemical will look familiar to customers when the name returns early next year. DowDuPont Inc. — formed in September from the merger of industry icons Dow and DuPont Co. —...
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06-22-2018
Dow awarded $1B in damages against Nova
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A Canadian court has awarded Dow Chemical Co. more than $1 billion in an ethylene feedstock dispute with Nova Chemicals, but Nova already plans to appeal that ruling. The two firms rank among...
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06-22-2018
Obituary: Covestro sustainability leader Richard Northcote
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Richard Northcote, chief sustainability officer of Covestro AG, died unexpected, the materials company announced June 22. Northcote, 58, had a varied career spanning journalism, government affairs ...
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06-22-2018
Injection molder Alsco Industries seeking buyer
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Alsco Industries Inc., an injection molder based in Sturbridge, Mass., is up for sale as owner and CEO Allan Rieser wants to replace suit coats and ties with golf tees and travel. For more than 25 ...
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06-22-2018
IAC names former Magna exec Gingl as CEO
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Car interiors specialist International Automotive Components Group named former Magna International Inc. executive Manfred Gingl as CEO following the retirement of Steve Miller this month. Austria-...
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06-22-2018
Investors form alliance for sustainable plastics packaging
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More than two dozen investment groups are forming the Plastic Solutions Investor Alliance, an effort aimed squarely at plastic pollution. The alliance, organized by Oakland-based environmental...
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06-22-2018
Commodity resins move in different directions in May
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Polypropylene in May continued in its role as the problem child of the North American resin market. Prices for that material surged an average of 7 cents per pound in May, with regional PET bottle ...
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06-22-2018
US study urges stricter PFOA safety levels
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Washington — The U.S. government released a long-awaited study June 20 on the safety of fluorinated chemicals that recommends much stricter safe exposure levels for the public. The study,...
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06-21-2018
Lighting the way with in-mold decorating
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Tier 1 vehicle lighting solutions provider J.W. Speaker Corp. is commercializing one of the first production applications of in-mold electronics, also known as plastronics. The new cost-effective...
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06-21-2018
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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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