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Plastics jobs continue their 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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