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Need for skilled workers is unchanged, but method of finding them has


November 21, 2014 6:00 am ET

It's in the news nearly every day now: “How can manufacturing solve the skilled worker shortage? We need to get young people interested in manufacturing.”

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Never boring: 25 years of ups and downs


November 20, 2014 1:32 pm ET

So Plastics News turns 25 years old this year (the actual birthday was back in March, but who's counting?). A quarter of a century! What can you say? We're getting older, that's what.

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Looking back, and forward, at 25 years


November 19, 2014 2:11 pm ET

It's kind of an inside joke at Plastics News that I'm not a member of the original staff. That's fine, I admit it. Plastics News started publishing in March 1989, and I joined the team almost two whole years later, in February 1991.

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Appliance market boosted by NAFTA, energy efficiencies


November 19, 2014 3:30 pm ET

Changing global trade patterns, a maturing market, environmental concerns and innovation were all key forces that have shaped the appliance sector in the past 25 years.

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From the minds of the next generation


November 19, 2014 12:04 pm ET

As Plastics News marks its 25th anniversary, we talk to young people who are are 25 years old or younger about what drew them to the plastics industry, and where they think it is going.

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Vinyl records refuse to fade out


November 18, 2014 3:37 pm ET

The recording industry is taking vinyl for a spin. Again.

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We stand on the shoulders of those before us


November 18, 2014 4:15 pm ET

There's a famous quote: “We are like dwarves perched on the shoulders of giants, and thus we are able to see more and farther than the latter.” The 12th century French philosopher Bernard of Chartes is the source.

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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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