Our 2023 Best Places to Work in the plastics industry is out now. Read about each of the 21 companies that made the cut this year. Each company has a fact page and a full story linked therein.
This week's featured story is the news of Tupperware's waning star. The iconic plastic kitchenware brand was created in the 1940s and served as a sanctuary for middle-class mothers and wives (usually, anyway), to get out of the house for a few hours. Direct sales for the product have changed in recent years as they entered a foray into Target stores. But, Tupperware asked financial advisers last week in a plea to help the company stay afloat.
Elsewhere in this week's issue:
- In the midst of an emerging national bioplastics conversation, California has entered debates about securing state incentives to use more plant-based plastics in beverage bottles.
- Plastic sheet leader Plaskolite LLC has acquired an acrylic sheet plant in Matamoros, Mexico, from materials firm Trinseo.
- NantBioPlastics LLC, a subsidiary of Calcean Minerals and Materials LLC, has invested $8.3 million in a new Gasden, Ala., manufacturing facility to meet demand for compostable single-use products.
- A community group in Mississippi and Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., are pressuring the Environmental Protection Agency for allowing a Chevron Corp. refinery to turn waste plastics in fuel, a decision they say puts the health of nearby residents at risk.
- Clayens Group is acquiring injection molder Parkway Products LLC in a move that gives the new owner a larger platform to continue growth.
- Post-consumer plastics recycling has increased by almost 300 million pounds on a year-over-year basis in the United States, recovering from a decrease that happened during the first year of the pandemic, according to new statistics.
- Hamilton, Ohio-based Imflux Inc. is in the midst of a transition to provide royalty-free access to its patent portfolio and proprietary know-how in a move to partner more closely with machine builders.