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Society shift to blame for skills gap

September 9, 2014 11:15 am ET

Today, finding skilled manufacturing workers is a top concern for factories in the United States and, really, around the world. Here in the USA, it's hard even to interest people in factory jobs, and even engineering and technology, particularly the ...


Despite its history, bioplastics remains a niche industry

August 6, 2014 9:53 am ET

Headlines about bioplastics practically write themselves. “Bioplastics market growing,” “Bioplastics take root,” “Bioplastics set to bloom,” etc.

Employee stock plans may grow with aging boomers

August 1, 2014 11:40 am ET

Employee Stock Ownership Plans are becoming increasingly common as more small and medium size business owners enter retirement age and see ESOPs as a responsible, financially efficient way to exit the firms they founded.


Keep up with China's rapid changes

July 31, 2014 10:33 am ET

In many ways, 1989 was a very special year in history. Plastics News was launched in Akron. Half a world away, China was trying to carry on economic reforms while clamping down political unrest.


Continuing on the energy roller coaster

July 22, 2014 12:59 pm ET

From the Arab Oil Embargo through $4 gas to the boom in shale oil and gas, Americans — and the plastics industry — have ridden an energy roller coaster in the past 40 years.


Lean manufacturing has revitalized some tool shops

July 9, 2014 2:19 pm ET

Lean manufacturing is not exactly new. It wasn't even new 25 years ago when Plastics News began publishing.


The signs were there: Music of '89 foretold plastics destiny

June 24, 2014 4:08 pm ET

When the first issue of Plastics News came out on March 6, 1989, the No. 1 song in the U.S. was “Lost in Your Eyes,” a pop ballad by 18-year-old Debbie Gibson.


Does less plastic advertising equal more issues for plastic?

June 19, 2014 11:42 am ET

People who've been around the plastics industry in the United States a while remember the “Plastics Make It Possible” television advertising campaign the industry ran from 1992 to 2005.


Auto industry changed with the times

June 9, 2014 1:43 pm ET

In the beginning, there was Chrysler Corp. (Not literally the beginning, mind you, but at the beginning of Plastics News 25 years ago.)


Travel, technology expand PN's global reach

June 3, 2014 10:56 am ET

Plastics News has been an active chronicler of the ups and downs of this industry's globalization since we started publishing 25 years ago. Sometimes we're more than a chronicler, with our coverage giving us an unexpected seat to world events, like...

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