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Plastics News Now: Researchers print plastic parts that connect to WiFi
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published guidelines for 3D medical devices, a Saint-Gobain partnership is honored and researchers from the University of Washington announce a first in...
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12-14-2017
Demand in electronics, medical driving growth at Nordson
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Nordson Corp. reported "record-setting financial performance" for fiscal 2017 during a Dec. 14 conference call with analysts. The Westlake, Ohio, company had fourth quarter sales of $574 million,...
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12-14-2017
Plastics gets personal for PN reporter
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This holiday season, I have a personal reason to be thankful for the world of plastics. On Aug. 1, my 17-year-old son Dane had major reconstructive surgery on his jaw. Dane was born with a...
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12-14-2017
Plantgistix opens new resin packaging site in Houston area
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Logistics firm Plantgistix formally opened its new 330,000 square-foot location in Baytown, Texas, on Dec. 11. The Houston-based firm, which provides in-plant, contract packaging and specialty...
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12-14-2017
Plastic Omnium unveils $2.9 billion investment plans
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French plastic parts supplier Plastic Omnium SA has unveiled plans to invest 2.5 billion euros ($2.9 billion) in building new capacities and technology over the next four years. During its...
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12-14-2017
Fewer than 30 percent of young UK consumers recycle
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There is a lack of awareness about recycling among young United Kingdom citizens aged between 18-24, with fewer than 1 in 3 recycling plastics, according to a new survey commissioned by...
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12-14-2017
Third quarter machinery shipments up 20 percent
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North American shipments of plastics machinery jumped 20 percent in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the third quarter a year ago, according to figures released Dec. 14 by the Plastics...
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12-14-2017
Doing good work and making a difference
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What does your company do to make the world a better place? I feel a little silly writing that because, after all, the purpose of a plastics business isn't to improve the world, right? You're...
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12-14-2017
Study finds four emotional drivers for determining product sustainability
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Detroit — What are the emotional drivers of sustainability? According to research by Kiersten Muenchinger, head of the product design department at the University of Oregon in Eugene, there...
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12-14-2017
Doing good work and making a difference
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What does your company do to make the world a better place? I feel a little silly writing that because, after all, the purpose of a plastics business isn't to improve the world, right? You're...
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12-14-2017
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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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