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Western Case grows with investments in infrastructure and equipment


February 27, 2015 5:56 pm ET

RIVERSIDE, CALIF. — Blow molder Western Case Inc. has invested significantly in infrastructure and equipment while relocating and raising the bar on its strictly U.S.-only operations.

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West Coast ports dispute impacts machinery imports


February 27, 2015 5:00 pm ET

Asian machinery companies got caught in the West Coast ports labor dispute — causing some headaches to get equipment ready for NPE 2015.

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Recycling trade group growing in size, resources


February 27, 2015 4:50 pm ET

DALLAS — The executive director of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers is partial to calling his group the little engine that could.

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Plastics Pioneers name four new members


February 27, 2015 3:10 pm ET

Four new members have been inducted into the Plastics Pioneers Association: Stan Glover, Alexander (Sandy) Guthrie, Charles Pratt and Charles Sears.

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Experts explain why resin sales are down in a healthy US economy


February 27, 2015 1:58 pm ET

The economies of the U.S. and Canada posted solid growth in 2014 — even though resin demand in those countries lagged behind.

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Industry vet Dwight Morgan joins M. Holland


February 27, 2015 1:55 pm ET

Resin distribution leader M. Holland Co. has hired industry veteran Dwight Morgan as its vice president of corporate development.

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Retail sales data shows changing consumer patterns


February 27, 2015 1:46 pm ET

In the middle of each month the Census Bureau releases its Advance Monthly Retail Sales report, which includes data on a wide variety of retail establishments. This data is of vital interest to many segments of the plastics industry because the...

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Wittmann, Illig among machinery firms boosting investments in India


February 27, 2015 1:34 pm ET

GANDHINAGAR, INDIA — Expected growth in the Indian plastics market is leading several global machinery firms to make investments there, including Austria’s Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH, which announced its second expansion there in two years,...

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Indian masterbatch makers growing locally and thinking globally


February 27, 2015 1:30 pm ET

GANDHINAGAR, INDIA — India’s masterbatch makers are expanding their domestic capacity to meet growing demand, as some are also moving ahead on overseas expansion.

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Born to be plastic — a DIY Harley-Davidson


February 27, 2015 11:12 am ET

Owning a real Harley-Davidson was not enough for bike nut Peter Manning; he wanted a model of his favorite motorcycle too.

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