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Beck Automation shows robotic system for in-mold labeling
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Beck Automation AG’s Beck-Flex high-speed in-mold labeling robotic system has the flexibility to run both inside- and outside-gated parts, and stack them on a conveyor. Beck-Flex works on...
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07-27-2016
Arburg to have 27 exhibits at K 2016
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During K 2016, Arburg GmbH + Co. KG will display 12 machines at its own traditional “lucky number” booth of Hall 13, Standard A13 — and a total of 27 exhibits. The company from...
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07-27-2016
Professional Plastics named Orange County, Calif., family-owned business of the year
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Irvine, Calif. — Professional Plastics Inc. has been named a 2016 family-owned business of the year by the Orange County Business Journal. CEO David Kietzke accepted the award on June 21 at...
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07-27-2016
PE pipe making potable inroads
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The qualities of polyethylene pipe are piquing the interest of more civil engineers of potable water systems in North America. The telecommunications and utility industries have long used PE pipe...
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07-27-2016
Milacron opens eSTORE
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Milacron Holdings Corp. has made its new Milacron eSTORE live, and the site is fulfilling orders for customers in North America and Europe. In the past, the company’s leading product brands...
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07-27-2016
Pretium Packaging buys Custom Blow Molding
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Pretium Packaging LLC of Chesterfield, Mo., has added an operation with locations in Escondido, Calif., Carrollton, Texas, and Aurora, Ill. Genstar Capital LCC owns Pretium, a rigid plastic...
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07-27-2016
PolyOne buying two businesses, creating Advanced Composites platform
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PolyOne Corp. is paying $85.5 million to acquire two composites businesses from Gordon Holdings Inc. Avon Lake, Ohio-based PolyOne will take ownership of Gordon Composites and Polystrand Inc....
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07-27-2016
Major upgrades help Otto Environmental prepare for growth
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Waste and recycling container maker Otto Environmental Systems North America Inc. ended up spending about 18 months and about $18 million improving infrastructure, adding manufacturing capacity...
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07-27-2016
New optical sorter can speed sortation
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National Recovery Technologies (NRT) has announced a next-generation platform of its SpydiR and ColorPlus optical sorters, for bottle sortation. “For our customers, a couple of percentage...
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07-27-2016
Jomar to introduce new injection blow molding technology at K 2016
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Jomar Corp., which makes injection blow molding machines in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., has launched the IntelliDrive series that incorporates a custom-designed, servo-driven hydraulic system....
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07-27-2016
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Published on July 31, 2013

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

This report highlights various workforce-related strategies and features in-depth analysis of manufacturing labor trends in the western 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 region, including:

  • Recruiting & retention
  • Social media as a recruiting tool
  • Training & education
  • The manufacturing skills gap
  • Military veterans as a talent pool
  • Managing Gen Y workers
  • Women in manufacturing
  • California employment law requirements
  • Impact of the Affordable Care Act

Various directories provide details on:

  • Colleges and universities that offer plastics- and manufacturing-relevant programs
  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership offices
  • Resources that offer potential sources of funding/guidance, including information on hiring, training, internships and apprenticeships

The directory includes federal, state and local agencies located in western states.

The report also offers a perspective from Allison Grealis, program director, Women in Manufacturing, regarding women in manufacturing.

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