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Obituary: Hobie Alter, surfboard pioneer


April 1, 2014 12:42 pm ET

Hobie Alter, who launched the polyurethane core surfboard, died March 29. He was 80.

Varroc seeing new lighting business for scooters, motorcycles


March 31, 2014 1:18 pm ET

Headlight maker Varroc Group is looking to get further into lighting for scooters and motorcycles following its acquisition of an 80 percent stake in Italy's Triom SpA.

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Sports teams play ball. Sustainably


March 28, 2014 11:57 am ET

At major league ballparks across the country, teams are increasingly using and promoting the use of compostable plastics and recycling as part of a move to reduce the amount of refuse going to landfills, which in turn lowers their operating costs.

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Kayak maker turns to Midas for complex mold


March 27, 2014 10:51 am ET

English tool maker Midas Pattern Co. Ltd. has produced the rotational mold tooling for a new kayak manufactured by Fatyak Kayaks, a division of the UK-based rotational molding company Deso Engineering Ltd.

Playworld adds in-house rotomolding with New Berlin acquisition


March 11, 2014 11:10 am ET

Playground equipment maker Playworld Systems Inc. in Lewisburg, Pa., bought a nearby rotational factory from Kent, Ohio-based Akro-Plastics, called New Berlin Plastics.

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Georgia injection molder expands to Michigan


March 6, 2014 12:13 pm ET

HOWELL, MICH. — Custom injection molder Thomson Plastics Inc. has opened a plant in Howell, Mich., the company's first expansion beyond its home state of Georgia.

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Carbon fiber helps USA win medals in Sochi


March 5, 2014 1:43 pm ET

A BMW AG-designed carbon fiber bobsled carried Team USA to a record year at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Americans won silver and bronze medals in women's two-person bobsled Feb. 19; and two days earlier, a men's two-man team won the bronze,...

RV supplier buys thermoforming assets


February 28, 2014 2:40 pm ET

Chasing growth in the recreational vehicle industry, Drew Industries Inc. plans to boost its stake in thermoformed RV components through an acquisition.

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Canoe thermoformers scramble for Royalex replacement


February 26, 2014 3:17 pm ET

PolyOne Corp. is stopping production of Royalex sheet — the king of custom plastics for many canoe enthusiasts — leaving almost all hull thermoformers and many paddlers up the proverbial creek without a replacement material. A factory in ...

Select Plastics expanding to Missouri


February 26, 2014 2:31 pm ET

Sheet extruder Select Plastics LLC plans to set up an operation in Scott City, Mo.

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