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Obituary: Plastics Industry Association CEO Bill Carteaux
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Bill Carteaux, the longtime head of the Plastics Industry Association, died Dec. 10 after a nearly three-year fight with acute myeloid leukemia. Carteaux, 59, had led the association since 2005,...
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12-10-2018
Material Insights: Group fights proposed RTP compounding plant in Ireland 12-10-2018
Nelipak consolidates, invests in Puerto Rico
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Nelipak Corp. is expanding the capabilities at its thermoforming plant in Humacao, Puerto Rico, a coastal city considered ground zero for the landfall of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. The...
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12-10-2018
South Korean battery maker investing $1.6B in Georgia production
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Anticipated future demand for electrified vehicle batteries is leading to a $1.67 billion factory project in northern Georgia. South Korean lithium ion battery producer SK Innovation Co. is not...
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12-10-2018
California-based GoProto expands into Asia-Pacific region
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3D prototyping and short-run manufacturer GoProto Inc. has opened a 9,000-square-foot facility in Mount Waverley, Australia, a Melbourne suburb. In late November, the site began running parts on...
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12-10-2018
Nestlé vows to boost recycled PET use
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Nestlé Waters North America Inc. is now committing to using recycled plastic for half of the company's bottle needs by the middle of next decade. The Stamford, Conn.-based company, which...
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12-10-2018
Crescent Industries inspiring the next generation
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Crescent Industries Inc. recently hosted its first Manufacturing Week, offering local high school students a first-hand glimpse into its processes and the myriad job opportunities available in...
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12-10-2018
Materials suppliers set up platform for styrenics recycling
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Leading styrenics suppliers Ineos Styrolution, Total SA, Trinseo and Versalis have joined forces to work together on recycling styrenics. The four companies announced that they had founded...
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12-10-2018
Compounding extruder market remains steady
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Steady business drove the U.S. market for compounding extruders in 2018, machinery officials said, now that big cyclical ups and downs are a thing of the past. "The last five years have been...
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12-10-2018
Growth, new products and technology: Highlights from LSR 2018 in Anaheim
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Anaheim, Calif. — LSR processing, materials and markets underwent thorough reviews during the second international conference on advances in liquid silicone rubber and related thermosetting...
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12-07-2018
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Published on March 5, 2013 U.S. Plastics Industry Labor Trends 2013 - Analysis of Education, Training and Workforce Development with Excel tables

This report highlights various workforce-related strategies and features in-depth analysis of manufacturing labor trends in the United States, including performance in 2012 and a forecast for 2013 and beyond.

Our analysts provide insight into trends that impact labor growth in the United States, including:

  • Recruiting & retention
  • Social media as a recruiting tool
  • Training & education
  • The manufacturing skills gap
  • Right-to-work & unionization
  • Contingent workers
  • Military veterans as a talent pool
  • Managing Gen Y workers
  • Women in manufacturing

A special section, developed in conjunction with the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., includes detailed data about plastics industry employment trends as well as an extensive directory of U.S. colleges offering plastics- and manufacturing-relevant programs.

Charts and graphs detail:

  • Civilian employment from 1992-2012
  • Employment in manufacturing
  • Annual growth of the labor force
  • Union membership trends
  • Contingent labor

Various directories provide federal, state and regional workforce-related resources to help employers connect with groups that can assist with recruitment, apprenticeships, training, and funding.

The report also offers perspectives from industry thought leaders regarding their views on labor trends, the skills gap, millennials, social media and women in manufacturing. These Q&A interviews include:

  • Dr. Peter Cappelli, Professor at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Howard W. Coleman, Principal, MCA Associates
  • Allison Grealis, Program Director, Women in Manufacturing
  • Jeannine Kunz, Director of Marketing & Professional Development, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • Eric Schwartzman, President/CEO, Social Media Compliance Training Inc.
  • Michael Taylor, Senior Director - International Affairs & Trade, SPI

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