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Schaefer-Weaton focuses on recruiting, training talent


April 22, 2015 1:03 pm ET

Lori Schaefer-Weaton, the daughter of company founder Dick Smith, has taken the reins of Agri-Industrial Plastics Co. Schaefer-Weaton is 19 months into her role of president.

Fire destroys Tennessee injection molder


March 25, 2015 2:38 pm ET

An eight-alarm fire destroyed Tri-Tech Molded Products Inc.'s plant March 24 in McMinnville, Tenn., and continued to burn March 25.

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Communication plays a big role in Sterling's financial success


February 20, 2015 6:00 am ET

Cary Quigley remembers the humble beginnings at Sterling Technologies Inc. The company had three or four employees and one machine. Every contract was like gold.

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Stihl cuts through the competition


February 10, 2015 11:55 am ET

Stihl Inc., the U.S. operation of the big German outdoor power equipment company, has forged its own path by combining the best of American and German manufacturing.

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Private equity firm buying Myers' lawn and garden business


January 9, 2015 1:38 pm ET

Myers Industries Inc. said Jan. 8 that it agreed to sell the segment to private equity firm Wingate Partners V LP of Dallas. It agreed to a $115 million sale price and expects to close the deal early this year after customary closing conditions.

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Michelin will build PU Tweel in SC


November 14, 2014 10:43 am ET

Michelin North America Inc. is opening a plant in Piedmont, S.C., dedicated to the production of its “Tweel” non-pneumatic tire/wheel assembly.

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The PU Tweel gains traction


October 30, 2014 9:39 am ET

Groupe Michelin is beginning to get traction for its polyurethane Tweel airless tire, with lawn and agriculture industry giant Deere & Co. outfitting a line of its commercial lawn mowers with the tire.

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Garden equipment specialist East Jordan Plastics grows new business


October 10, 2014 1:22 pm ET

Thermoformer and recycler East Jordan Plastics Inc. is boosting its injection molding capabilities and has recently added a new line of injection molded baskets and planters.

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Silver-Line and Lasco Fittings earn sustainable manufacturing certification


October 2, 2014 11:42 am ET

The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) certified the first two businesses — a pipe extruder and a fittings producer — to meet requirements of its new Sustainable Manufacturing Conformity Assessment Program (SM-CAP).

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Tree Armor: The buck stops here


August 20, 2014 12:17 pm ET

Pennsylvania farmer Jim Saunders pitched his idea for a vinyl wrap to protect tree trunks from deer to U.S. processors in five states but no one would go out on a limb to manufacture the first small run of his patented product.

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