Nearly all laid-off Detroit Three workers are back to work (March 23)
The Detroit Three are on the verge of having full employment at their U.S. operations after several years of hardship and layoffs, UAW officials said at the union's special bargaining convention in Detroit.
Debate grows on Maryland county bag tax (March 22)
Plastic bag maker Advance Polybag Inc. says a proposed 5-cent tax on grocery bags in Prince George's County, Md., would imperil jobs in the state, including 140 employees at its own Elkridge, Md., plant.
Move over government, Wal-Mart's the new regulator (March 11)
Manufacturers of everything from laptop computers to shampoo have been given some requests from the biggest and most vigorous of a new breed of private-sector regulators Wal-Mart Stores. They include reporting greenhouse gas emissions and establishing targets for reducing them, investing in community-development activities and participating in creating a sustainable products index for consumers.
The Plastics Blog by Don Loepp
Lankton to Russia: The icons stay in Clinton (March 24)
Remember the story about Russia demanding the return of artifacts from the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Mass.? That wasn't the last word. The Clinton newspaper reports that Gordon Lankton, founder of Nypro Inc. and patron of the museum, told Russian officials he's not ready to send the icons back.
Taking action on marine debris (March 23)
The plastics industry will generate some international news headlines following its Global Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter, announced March 22 in Honolulu.
PN China Blog by Nina Ying Sun
Japan quake impacts Chinese industry (March 17)
The latest reports and analysis of the impact of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear leak on Chinese manufacturing point to export and supply-chain problems for China, as well as opportunities.