Within plastics, the specific sector getting the most money was resin and materials, where companies reported between $216 million and $482 million in PPP funds.
A catchall category in the government data, miscellaneous plastics processing, actually reported much more in loan amounts: between $880 million and $1.9 billion. It was far and away the largest single category, but it contains so many different and unrelated plastic goods it can't be thought of as a single industry sector.
Within processing, three categories each tied for receiving roughly the most money: packaging, bags and a grouping for urethanes foams and nonpolystyrene foams had ranges of between roughly $83 million and $185 million.
The plastic pipe industry reported loans between $47 million and $107 million, while plastic bottle makers received between $31 million and $74 million.
Custom compounders received between $31 million and $71 million.
There are some key industry sectors missing in the Plastics News analysis of the data, however.
Plastics machinery, mold making or recycling are all within much larger industry groups in the SBA information, making it hard to break out plastics-specific companies.
The data does include some information on plastics machinery firms, however.
Both Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. in Torrington, Conn., and Uniloy Inc. in Tecumseh, Mich., received PPP loans of between $2 million and $5 million, the SBA data showed. They appeared in the Plastics News dataset because they are classified in government codes for plastics processing.
As well, some molding and processing firms don't show up in the plastics data we culled but reportedly received loans. Newspapers in Vermont reported that GW Plastics, based in Bethel, received a large loan of between $5 million and $10 million.
When looked at by state, the data mirrors industry manufacturing data, particularly for processing.
California topped the state list with 705 plastics companies there receiving loans. Ohio ranked second, with 445, followed by Texas at 408, Michigan at 371 and Illinois at 352.
One plastics processing company with financial ties to a member of Congress also received a loan, media reports noted.
The Roll Call newspaper reported that Arnold, Mo.-based processor Sinclair & Rush Inc. received between $2 million and $5 million. The paper said the company is part of a portfolio owned by La Jolla, Calif.-based Cameron Holdings and that the CEO of Cameron, Lynn Gorguze, is married to Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif.
PPP funding has been a hot topic for industry groups and consultants.
A spokesperson for the Plastics Industry Association said the group has provided information about PPP and other programs to its members to help them avoid layoffs.
Brendan Thomas, the group's vice president of advocacy and voice, said the industry has been resourceful in avoiding job cutbacks and protecting customers.
"Like virtually every other industry during this pandemic, the plastics industry has suffered setbacks, forcing tough decisions at many companies," Thomas said. "In an unprecedented situation, which has required all but essential businesses to significantly slow down or shut down, acquiring quick assistance has sometimes been difficult."
Plastics News reporters Frank Esposito and Catherine Kavanaugh contributed to this story.