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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 The New York Yankees dynasty has been replaced by Duck Dynasty while another baseball team, the Boston Red Sox, looks more like the television show’s bearded stars.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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Gaylon White: Moggridge leaves a story to remember


August 19, 2013 9:04 am ET

The poet Jim Harrison wrote, “Death steals everything except our stories.” I was reminded of this recently as I listened to audio tapes of an interview I did with Bill Moggridge in September 2007 soon after the publication of his...

Social media vital — and fun


August 9, 2013 3:55 pm ET

Some plastics manufacturers are blogging, posting and building their professional online communities, and enjoying the spoils of being early adopters. Yet, many of their peers are still slow to embrace social media, even though their competitors are doing so.

Different tactic to compete


August 2, 2013 3:53 pm ET

A review of plastics industry reports reveals an emphasis on cost, product innovation and trade measures to achieve competitiveness, and even a competitive advantage. However, there are more ways to acquire advantage than through slow-moving government relations, new products and organizing internal operations beyond ship-shape — all well-...

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