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Finding good workers isn't always about technical skills


February 26, 2015 1:09 pm ET

Business boils down to people. Men and women are employed making things that are bought by people. Pretty simple. But now there's another people angle facing the plastics industry, and all of manufacturing.

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Marine debris still on the rise, need for action remains urgent


February 18, 2015 10:42 am ET

A new study estimates that 4 million to 12 million metric tons of plastics are washed into the world's oceans annually — or between 1.5 and 4.5 percent of the world's total plastic production.

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Stihl stood out in excellent field


February 10, 2015 12:15 pm ET

You already know Stihl Inc., the newest Plastics News Processor of the Year, for its chainsaws, string trimmers, leaf blowers and other outdoor power equipment. Now the plastics industry should recognize Stihl as a top-notch plastics operation, with ...

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Perspective
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Republicans need to send clear message for 2016


February 4, 2015 11:59 am ET

It's time for Republicans to tell us some detailed plans for spreading the economic wealth of this country more broadly. Cleveland — home of the 2016 Republican National Convention — is a great opportunity for the GOP.

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Top talent trends of 2015 taking shape


January 22, 2015 3:07 pm ET

What will be the top talent trends in the plastics workplace in 2015?

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Reshoring impacts are not immediate


January 13, 2015 12:48 pm ET

Leading into 2015 economic indicators are pointing to another positive growth year for America's plastics manufacturing industry.

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Frivolous lawsuits drag us down


September 9, 2014 10:00 am ET

I applaud Mr. Duffy's article in your Mailbag section (“Cease and desist progress?” March 24).

Industry can't attract top talent without help


September 9, 2014 9:55 am ET

Bill Bregar’s Viewpoint article in the June 6 Plastics News was right on regarding attracting young talent. As manufacturers, we have to stop complaining about the lack of qualified employees and do something about it. By now we should realize that no one else is going to help us.

'Rising Stars' shows improvement in industry


September 9, 2014 9:51 am ET

Kudos on Plastics News recognition of the 2014 “Rising Stars.” [Aug. 11 special report]

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