Welcome to what would have been NPE2021 week!
The largest plastics trade show in North America had been scheduled for May 17-21 in Orlando, Fla., but of course the pandemic forced the Plastics Industry Association to cancel it back in January.
That was obviously not an easy decision to make, but unfortunately it was the one the association had to make. Even with masking restrictions lifting and vaccinations going into more arms, travel plans are still in limbo, especially for international visitors.
But one big celebration typically taking place during NPE — inducting new members in the Plastics Hall of Fame — has only been postponed, not canceled. It's now set for Oct. 7 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Plastics News' Hall of Fame coverage looks a little different this year too. Web Producer Erin Sloan, Assistant Managing Editor Steve Toloken and Editor Don Loepp couldn't visit new members in person to talk about their careers. Instead, the interviews took place via video calls.
You can find profiles featuring all 10 new members on plasticsnews.com now. This link will take you to Erin's Viewpoint column, which is open access to all and also includes brief videos of each new member.
Congratulations to all of the new Hall of Fame members.