Executive Forum 2012

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Jeff Applegate

February 27, 2012 6:00 am ET

Collaboration can be an effective tool for plastics companies that want to tackle the medical-device market. Jeff Applegate, president of Blackwell Plastics Inc. since 2003, knows that firsthand. He founded Gulf Coast Medical Device Manufacturers, a Houston-area group formed to help local companies work together. At the recent Plastics in Medical...


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Russ Riendeau

February 27, 2012 6:00 am ET

Recruiter Russ Riendeau has heard it all in conducting about 90,000 interviews with business professionals in the past 27 years. He gave some common-sense pointers during the Plastics News Executive Forum. "We need to do a better job at finding good candidates," said Riendeau, senior partner at East Wing Group Inc., an executive search firm ...


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Mike Huff

February 14, 2012 6:00 am ET

Citadel Plastics Inc.'s Mike Huff predicts M&A activity for 2012 will keep pace with last year's numbers. Huff, CEO of West Chicago, Ill.-based Citadel, spoke during the Plastics News Executive Forum in Tampa, Fla. Huff also spoke of why Citadel has taken a materials-focused approach to M&As.


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Gardner Carrick

February 14, 2012 6:00 am ET

During the Plastics News Executive Forum, Gardner Carrick of the Manufacturing Institute discusses retaining skilled workers. Carrick also discusses the role of community colleges in the certification process. Carrick is senior director of strategic initiatives for Washington-based Manufacturing Institute. The forum was held Jan. 30-Feb. 1 i...


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Tamsin Ettefagh

February 13, 2012 6:00 am ET

During the 2012 Plastics News Executive Forum, Envision Plastics' Tamsin Ettefagh discusses what the increases HDPE recycling rate means for the industry. Ettefagh, Envision’s vice president, also discusses the Reidsville, N.C., recycler's EcoPrime recycled resins as well as the use of markers in virgin resin.


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