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Who are the fastest growing pipe, profile and tubing extruders?

By  Don Loepp    |    July 28, 2014 3:09 pm ET    |   Comments

Question: What's the word on this week's Plastics News annual ranking of the top Pipe, Profile and Tubing extruders in North America? Answer: Up. Let's take a look at some of the numbers and trends from our respondents.

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Finding the important economic indicators

July 24, 2014 10:13 am ET    |   Comments

We sit down with Economics Editor Bill Wood to find some easy-to-understand economic indicators that are important for the plastics industry.


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Plastics industry blasted for stance in green building debate

By  Don Loepp    |    July 22, 2014 2:45 pm ET    |   Comments

The plastics industry has taken high-profile stance in the debate over green building standards. The result, today at least, is that it's getting some criticism.

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'Genericide' and plastic product trademarks

By  Don Loepp    |    July 21, 2014 10:52 am ET    |   Comments

Covering the plastics industry, we're constantly interviewing sources who talk about products using the trademarked names.

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Great idea: Family Day at the factory

July 10, 2014 12:14 pm ET    |   Comments

I have fond memories of seeing my parents on the job. The experience gave me a different angle on their lives, and it reinforced my own attitude on the importance of work.

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At the Arburg Family Day, children had the opportunity to assemble toy buggies that were molded in various colors.


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Great moments in plastics inventions: the pool noodle

July 8, 2014 10:44 am ET    |   Comments

Next time you're picking up some pool noodles for an outing to the pool or the lake, thank the Hartman family and Industrial Thermo Polymers Ltd. of Brampton, Ontario, who invented the noodle almost by accident.

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Pool noodle


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Congrats to the Entrepreneur of the Year winners with plastics connections

By  Don Loepp    |    July 7, 2014 5:29 pm ET    |   Comments

At least two plastics executives are among the honorees in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Awards.

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Tubing extruder hosts local politician to discuss ESOP benefits

By  Don Loepp    |    June 30, 2014 3:38 pm ET    |   Comments

NewAge Industries Inc. recently hosted Pennsylvania State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf for a visit to its Southampton, Pa., headquarters.

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State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf tours NewAge Industries Inc.


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Slicing and dicing the data from our injection molders ranking

By  Don Loepp    |    June 23, 2014 1:15 pm ET    |   Comments

Last week I shared some information with readers courtesy of our 2014 ranking of the top 100 North American Injection Molders. Now that we've published our complete ranking with information on an additional 467 companies, let's take another peek behind the data

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MAPP planning wage and salary survey

By  Don Loepp    |    June 17, 2014 2:34 pm ET    |   Comments

The Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors (MAPP) recently sent out its 2014 MAPP wage and salary survey to member and non-member plastics companies requesting their participation.


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