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Private equity fuels acquisition market


November 18, 2014 11:52 am ET

Plastics firms and outside investors with money to spend increasingly have done so in the plastics industry for the last quarter-century — and private equity firms have played a big role in this 25-year surge.

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Millennials can make your business better


October 30, 2014 10:25 am ET

We talk a lot about the manufacturing skills gap at Plastics News — what businesses are doing, what's working and what's not. Everyone's trying to figure out how to find the type of talent they need, and how to attract and retain members of a...

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Not all mergers and acquisitions in plastics industry have been a success


September 23, 2014 11:08 am ET

Has bigger been better in the plastics mega-deals of the last 25 years?

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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 ...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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