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Add electronic fraud to the list of business fears


April 14, 2014 12:39 pm ET

The owners of Wrap-Tite Inc. are soft-spoken professionals, but you could feel the humiliation and anger in the voices of Sunny Daga and Suresh Bafna as they recounted how the company lost $500,000 in an email scam. I interviewed them for a Plastics ...

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Wood delivering 'Numbers that Matter' to PN


March 26, 2014 2:21 pm ET

Bill Wood and Plastics News have been running on parallel tracks for the past quarter-century. We just didn't fully realize it until recently.

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Hitting reset on manufacturing and the middle class


March 18, 2014 10:55 am ET

Productivity gains lead to higher wages. That's been an economic mantra forever, or least since Henry Ford doubled wages to $5 a day. Economists call that a virtuous circle. It's not happening anymore. Productivity is rising, but middle class wages...

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Perspective
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Severe winter doesn't impede plastic product manufacturing


March 26, 2014 2:08 pm ET

The total output of plastics products by U.S.-based processors has escalated steadily through the first couple of months this year.

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Design Stories: Putting out-of-the-box thinking into a box


March 4, 2014 9:46 am ET

The first sign that FreshRealm is a different kind of company is its name: two words joined as one with the first letter of the second word capitalized. Another hint: its website domain is a “dot.co” instead of a “dot.com.”

Rigid plastics recycling grows


February 28, 2014 12:17 pm ET

In the spring of 2009, the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) and other stakeholders, including the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Plastics Division, resolved to jump-start recycling of these non-bottle rigid plastics with the formation of APR's Rigid Plastics Recycling Program. The outcome has been impressive.

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Cease and desist progress?


March 26, 2014 2:00 pm ET

So, our industry continues to rebound, and the future of the plastics industry looks much brighter than it has in many years. We all deserve to feel very proud of our accomplishments.

Miscarriage of justice ends


January 31, 2014 12:57 pm ET

Jan. 7, 2014 was an oddly chilling Florida day in the history of a frequently demented U.S. criminal justice system, coincidentally related to the plastics industry.

Peter Bemis remembered


November 22, 2013 4:07 pm ET

Plastics News’ tribute to longtime industry veteran Peter Bemis, who died in October after months of battling cancer [“Bemis recalled as folksy, one of a kind,” by Robert Grace, Nov. 4], spurred several reader responses. We share those letters with you here.

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