Loepp was named Plastics News' Editor in April 2011. He was promoted to Editorial Director, adding responsibilities for Plastics News Europe, Plastics & Rubber World, Rubber & Plastics News, Tire Business and European Rubber Journal in 2017 and 2019. He earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University in 1983. Loepp then worked as a reporter for two years for The Milwaukee Journal in Wisconsin and for six years at the Daily Press and Times-Herald daily newspapers in Newport News, Va., before joining Plastics News as a staff reporter in 1991. He was promoted to news editor in mid-1993, and became managing editor two years later.
Prices for polystyrene resin are down for the third consecutive month, as prices for benzene also dropped. Senior reporter Frank Esposito discusses the polystyrene changes and recycled HDPE price changes for post-consumer color, post-industrial and natural post-consumer grades. Frank also discusses Shell Chemical's latest financial report and its new polyethylene plant in Monaca, Pa., which isn't producing as consistently planned.