Before we get too far into 2016, I'd like to recognize James Injection Molding Co., the Northbrook, Ill.-based custom injection molder that once molded Revell and Monogram brand model toy kits.
The firm shut down last summer, as the result of a combination of factors, including losing business to China and of a customer taking its molding in-house. The Silovich family had owned and operated the small business since 1976. Plastics News editor Don Loepp wrote about the company's final days.
Those Revell and Monogram model kits are fondly remembered by at least two generations of kids. As someone who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, I remembered them as well.
Did I spend hours meticulously assembling those tiny snap-together plastic parts? Nope. When it comes to mechanical skill, I'm one of those people who could accidentally start a fire with a wrench.