Plastics News (Booth S18000) will send a staff of 14 reporters, editors and others to cover breaking news at NPE2009, the triennial trade show being held June 22-26 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
Attendees will receive the regular Monday issue of the newspaper as well as show dailies produced June 23-26. Visitors also will be kept updated on the latest PN headlines via electronic displays set up in McCormick — and readers around the world who aren't at the show can get the latest headlines from Plastics News.com.
Associate publisher and editor Robert Grace and managing editor Don Loepp will coordinate production of the issues from the facility's temporary newsroom. This year, for the first time, they will be assisted by David Eldridge, editor of Plastics & Rubber Weekly, and Chris Smith, editor of European Plastics News.
Those publications became part of Plastics News Global Group when Crain Communications Inc., parent company to Plastics News, acquired Emap Communications Ltd.'s polymer-related assets in July 2007.
Listed below are the reporters who will be patrolling the halls of NPE and the beats they will cover. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the PN booth with story tips, though stories cannot be guaranteed because of the expected number of requests.
Bill Bregar — injection molding machines, process controls.
Frank Esposito — resins, distributors and compounders.
David Eldridge — thermoforming.
Steve Toloken — blow molding machines, Asian exhibitors.
Nina Ying Sun — Chinese exhibitors.
Michael Lauzon — extruders and related equipment.
Rhoda Miel — mold makers, hot runners, software, design, processors.
Matt Griswold — robots and other auxiliary equipment.
Mike Verespej — recyclers, recycling equipment, industry services.
Photographer Joe Wilssens will provide news and feature photos for daily and post-show coverage. Plastics News also will have a videographer working with Grace and Smith on generating frequent news videos, which will be posted on PlasticsNews.com during the show.
The following editors and reporters will remain at the Akron, Ohio, headquarters to coordinate production of our show dailies.
Jeannie Reall, assistant managing editor.
Lisa Sarkis, assistant managing editor.
Marvin C. Brown, copy editor.
Daniel Hockensmith, copy editor.
Sheri Jobe, correspondent.
Kelsey Henninger, intern.
Hollee Keller, editorial research coordinator.
Kathleen Case, administrative assistant.
Coverage of NPE will not end during that final week in June, as various post-show reports also will be produced. The primary equipment report will appear July 20, resins and additives July 27 and auxiliary equipment Aug. 3.