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Cool dad breaks Hot Wheels record

By  Rhoda Miel    |    April 23, 2015 4:20 pm ET    |   Comments

Maybe your company had a great program for this year's Take Your Child To Work Day. But did you set a world record?

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Matt West and his team set up 12-foot-high loop in the three-story atrium of Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Mich.


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Molding company founder and art collector makes headlines in Chicago

By  Don Loepp    |    April 22, 2015 11:05 am ET    |   Comments

Newspapers in Chicago — and the global art community — are giving prominent play to a major donation by Stefan Edlis and his wife, Gael Neeson, to the Art Institute of Chicago.

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People who ditch single-use plastic bags eat more cookies

By  Don Loepp    |    April 20, 2015 11:38 am ET    |   Comments

There's a link between using reusable shopping bags and buying junk food. Really. Researchers from Harvard and Duke did the research.

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From space to Earth

April 8, 2015 11:31 am ET    |   Comments

The first items 3-D printed in space have arrived in Alabama for some down-to-earth testing.

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The wrench 3-D printed on the International Space Station, now on Earth for testing.


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Plastics recyclers suffering, PN pricing in the news

By  Don Loepp    |    April 6, 2015 11:43 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics recycling is in the news today, the subject of a Page 1 story in The Wall Street Journal headlined “Recycling becomes a tougher sell as prices drop.” The story tells the plight of plastics recyclers that is the result of lower prices for virgin resin.

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Plastic gets official for March Madness

By  Don Loepp    |    March 19, 2015 10:47 am ET    |   Comments

Getting tired of reading about Kentucky in all those March Madness stories? How about checking out Fox 40 instead.

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Expect to hear plenty of whistles during the NCAA basketball tournament.


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SAE may change, but auto technology marches on

March 13, 2015 12:24 pm ET    |   Comments

At the risk of sounding like one of those TV columnists/curmudgeons going on about the old days, remember when the Society of Automotive Engineers' annual World Congress in Detroit was a big deal?

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Plastics companies named manufacturing leaders

By  Don Loepp    |    March 4, 2015 5:58 pm ET    |   Comments

Frost & Sullivan has picked the winners of the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards, and once again the list is packed with plastics companies.

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Let's take a look at the fastest growing thermoformers

February 16, 2015 11:19 am ET    |   Comments

Plastics News publishes our 2015 ranking of North American Thermoformers today. In print, we rank the top 100, but online (plasticsnews.com/rankings/thermoformers) we've got full data for 228 companies. Let's take a look at some of the numbers behind the ranking.

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Plastics, thermoforming and the 2015 Super Bowl

By  Don Loepp    |    February 2, 2015 10:59 am ET    |   Comments

Chicago-area plastics processor MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd. took its turn on the big stage again this year, with a 30-second ad that aired during Super Bowl XLIX.

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