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.
As emergency crews continue working to restore power and other utilities along the Gulf Coast, the outlook for resin production in the region appears to show PVC and polystyrene will be hurt the most. This week's Polymer Points Live will look at the many impacts from Hurricane Ida.
Senior Reporter Frank Esposito has the latest details on resin and chemical production along the path of Hurricane Ida and how it might affect resin prices, and Assistant Managing Editor Steve Toloken weighs in on possible new packaging marketing for recyclable items.
Formosa Group faces environmental scrutiny from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of its controversial plastics and petrochemicals complex in St. James Parish and Plastics News Senior Reporter Frank Esposito discusses the lastest in polyethylene pricing in an exerpt of this month's Polymer Points Live.
In the latest round of earnings calls, processor executives have been talking about the impact that higher prices have on their companies' bottom lines, and the financial analysts have been asking a lot of follow-up questions about resin pricing. It's become an interesting dance.