Manufacturing Day 2023 has companies hoping its student visitors will return one day as new hires.
Senior Reporter Catherine Kavanaugh talked to several of the 400 companies participating in the event this year as they use the day to inspire the next generation of a manufacturing workforce.
From the cover: Plastics processors could face short-term automotive challenges as the UAW strike continues, but also long-term opportunities as sustainability and lightweighting measures are integral to the transition to electric vehicles.
Also on the front page: Environmental groups in Pennsylvania say they plan to sue expanded polystyrene maker Styropek USA over pellet pollution, alleging that its resin plant in Monaca, Pa., is illegally discharging "copious" amounts of plastic into nearby waterways.
Coming up this week: Plastics in Politics Live Tuesday at 2 p.m. EDT. Assistant Managing Editor Steve Toloken will look at two new industry campaigns that counter the recycling backlash and the Biden Administration's regulations.