Despite rumor, this 'Tech' remains open
It didn't take long after the Dec. 17 edition of Plastics News hit the mail slots before concerns were expressed about the closing of our tooling operation (``Tech restructuring, closing Pa. tool facility'').
I would hope that most people realize that the lead story on Page 1 of that issue was about the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Tech Group Inc. closing its tool shop in Erie, Pa.
But still, the rumor hit that our firm ``Tech'' was possibly closing the tooling division. The adage that ``my death has been greatly exaggerated'' came to mind.
Please note that Tech Tool & Molded Plastics (including our Tech Molded Plastics L.P. molding unit and our related tooling operation) is very much alive. We continue to produce high-precision injection molds and complex molded plastics in northwest Pennsylvania.
Tech Molded Plastics LP is located just south of Erie in the town of Meadville and is not affiliated with the Tech Group. The news story was clear, and should have been self-explanatory, but due the similarity of company names, the headline spurred confusion. Thank you for the opportunity to clarify.
Tech Tool & Molded Plastics
Activists may push PVC to familiar fate
When reading your article on Target's take on PVC [``Target plants bull's-eye on PVC in products,'' Nov. 12, Page 4], I noticed that you were in Akron, Ohio, which made me parallel the two things I was thinking about.
I am a 53-year-old male trying to reach retirement in this country.
My first job was with a company that got attacked by political activists because of tires blowing out. They were trying to blame the tire manufacturer, when in reality that was not the truth.
Regardless of the facts, it still cost thousands of Americans their jobs to recover from the cost of this and I was one of those thousands.
Now, I'm in the PVC manufacturing business and here come the political activists again. Will this cost thousands of Americans their jobs and leave families in the unemployment line, just so they can prove a point?
The only thing certain is that the political activists are protecting their jobs by taking a little information and then trying to exploit it into a mountain.
Well, you can guess where I didn't do my Christmas shopping last year!
James Michael Roland
Container deposits would up recycling
Regarding the Nov. 5, Page 1 story ``ACC puts $2.5 million to work in Calif.'': Until we charge container deposits on all containers sold, we will continue to recycle low-single-digit amounts of plastics as discards wind up, at best, in municipal waste dumps in large percentages due to no economic incentive to sort and collect for individuals.