NPE floor plan leaves small firms on outskirts
After reviewing the NPE 2003 exhibitor prospectus, I am convinced that a disaster is about to befall all the small companies that make up the bulk of exhibitors.
I have researched past NPE floor plans, finding the tradition has always been to stagger large booths with small booths in most every aisle.
Now, the NPE sponsoring committee, in its wisdom, has completely changed the floor plans on each floor of each building to basically locate all large exhibitors in the center, using literally all the prime floor space. All the small booths are designated to row after row on the outskirts. Without the ``big guys'' as a draw in each aisle, many attendees won't even enter many of the lesser aisles. I've notified the NPE committee of my concerns, but so far to no avail. I strongly advise other smaller exhibitors to do the same. Since we ``little guys'' pay the same per square foot as anyone else, I believe we're entitled to the same opportunity to present ourselves.
Norman C. Zintz
American Extrusion Services Inc.
PN `award' distasteful
I am writing regarding the Plastic Globe Awards in the Dec. 17 issue. The award that troubled me the most was your ``Good Time to Buy a Press Award.''
I find this award and your description distasteful. Contrary to your opinion on injection molding machine sales representatives, I believe we offer more than slashed prices. Some of us have dedicated our careers to the long-term relationships, customer service and technology required to sell injection molding machines. Slashing prices may make headlines in your magazine, but it isn't the only factor in selling injection molding machines. I would prefer to see my chosen career portrayed in a more positive light.
A.F. Niebuhr Sales Inc.
Pointless talk refreshing
Kevin English gets beaten up for not having a PowerPoint display at the Michigan Management Briefing Seminar (``2001 Plastic Globes keep world spinning,'' Dec. 17, Page 6)?! Perhaps his speech was early in the morning and revelers from the previous night were seeking relief via the typically dimmed PowerPoint lights.
I did not have the pleasure of hearing Mr. English speak, but I am sure that it must have been shocking to the audience that Mr. English's comments could have had some spontaneity. The intense and overwhelming fear in the faces of salespeople who show a PowerPoint presentation and are then are asked questions that are ``off topic'' is sad. PowerPoint has become a crutch for the creatively challenged.
Brentwood Plastics Inc.
`It' leaves out recycling
While it's nice to see how much plastic is used in the Segway (``Plastics get scooter rolling,'' Page 4, Dec. 17), it sure is a shame that they didn't think about recycling. Once again a new product only looks at today's use and not at tomorrow's recycling. I mean, all those different resins and not even ones that are easy to recycle. When are engineers and our industry going to wise up and design easy-to-recycle products?