The plastics processing industry remained the fourth-largest U.S. manufacturing industry in 2000, according to data from the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. in Washington.
The plastics processing industry trails only motor vehicles, electronic components and petroleum refining. The resin sector, meanwhile, ranks as the 16th-largest manufacturing industry, according to SPI. The report is part of the association's Plastics Data Source, a series of reports on the industry's economic situation.
Overall, the plastics industry accounted for 1.5 million jobs and $331 million in shipments in 2000, SPI said. That includes plastic products, resins, molds and machinery but does not include the economic impact of upstream suppliers.
The SPI reports include analyses of world plastic consumption and international trade, and state and local data on the U.S. industry.