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Plastics jobs continue its ever-so-gradual recovery


April 23, 2014 1:39 pm ET

According to data that is compiled and reported every month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the total number of jobs in the plastics processing industry increased by 1.7 percent in 2013. This followed annual increases of 1.6 percent in 2012 ...

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China's mold making sector plodding forward


April 23, 2014 1:25 pm ET

With the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching new highs, China's similar indexes are still hovering at a low level. What does the economic barometer indicate?

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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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Asking the right questions


February 19, 2014 2:23 pm ET

Walking the immaculate production floor with a CEO client just before Christmas, he introduced me to one of his salespeople, as we put away our safety glasses in a cabinet. "Russ, I want you to meet, Jeremy. He's one of my superstars. Clone this guy,...

ISO deadline approaching fast


February 7, 2014 10:41 am ET

To those companies who have dropped their ISO 9001:2008 registrations or have been putting off attaining certification, you may want to re-consider your options.

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The art of provocation


January 22, 2014 2:18 pm ET

One of the roles of design is to provoke. But provoking people so they like it is a tricky and sometimes risky proposition. The art of provocation comes down to subtlety — making the audience feel inspired, not provoked.

More plastics competition coming from China to US


January 14, 2014 2:52 pm ET

It would not surprise most people to learn that imports of plastics from China into the United States have been increasing. After all, why should plastics be different than other goods, almost all of which seem to come increasingly from China? For those involved in the plastics industry, however, both the magnitude of the increase and the reasons...

Examining the high cost of employee retention


January 14, 2014 2:50 pm ET

When I meet with a business owner for the first time, there are a few questions that I gravitate towards in order to get a better understanding of what it's like to own their business. One question I like to ask is “What is one of your greatest expenses in running your business?”

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Positive candidate experience important in hiring process


January 3, 2014 1:09 pm ET

In order for companies to attract top talent and stay competitive, building a positive candidate experience has become essential and involves everything from your website, greeting, reputation and beyond.

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Design Stories: Telling it like it is


December 9, 2013 3:33 pm ET

We live in an ever-confusing world. The New York Yankees dynasty has been replaced by Duck Dynasty while another baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, looks more like the television show’s bearded stars. Some plastics are billed as glass-like....

Join Operation Clean Sweep


November 15, 2013 3:07 pm ET

It's time for all companies that handle plastic resin pellets to join Operation Clean Sweep, an initiative designed to minimize the loss of resin pellets to the environment. It's easy to implement, it requires no dues or fees and it's the right thing to do.

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Don't expect new salesperson to conjure up instant business


November 8, 2013 2:29 pm ET

I've seen this time and time again in the industry. A company comes to me and says it wants to hire an experienced salesperson, someone who can bring a “book of business” and “hit the ground running and bring in instant business....

Plastics firms confront issues


November 1, 2013 3:50 pm ET

Last month, the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. held its annual meeting and fall conference in Boston. The attendees were mostly upper-level executives from a broad sampling of sectors of the industry, and the discussions were lively.

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K-vibe bodes well for plastics


October 25, 2013 3:05 pm ET

New 3-D printers, plastic owls, painted ladies, film extruders, design innovations, altbier, new business partners and miles of exhibit floor under my feet. Those and scores of other images are seared into my brain after eight days in Düsseldorf.

Training is forgotten asset


October 11, 2013 4:05 pm ET

Companies years ago established career training programs to groom prospective employees to climb the proverbial corporate ladder to enhance their organizations, reap bottom-line benefits, and ensure employees would spend their careers with one company.

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Tours, demos outdo displays


September 27, 2013 3:30 pm ET

When you are serving an educated customer base — one that is informed on many levels from trade publications, websites, and newsletters featuring case studies, videos, and animations — you have to continually develop more effective ways...

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Gaylon White design stories: Of dreams and design


September 23, 2013 1:00 pm ET

I was 12 years old when my dream of playing major league baseball was shattered. Clark Moseley, a talented 10-year-old, replaced me as the starting first baseman for the Norwood Village Little League Dodgers. If I was going to get to first base in...

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State of post-consumer thermoformed PET recycling


September 13, 2013 4:06 pm ET

This summer I was asked by U.K.-based Plastics in Packaging magazine to write an article on the state of post-consumer PET thermoform recycling in North America.

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