Published: July 29th, 2014
Engel North America, member of the Engel group, has expanded the automation group at its York, PA headquarters with the addition of five staff members.
The group, under General Manager of Automation/Robotics Jay Sachania, provides automation solutions that include such services as mechanical, electrical and software engineering, conceptual through final system design, and full system integration.
Published: July 23rd, 2014
Currier Plastics knows the value of working with academic institutions to promote careers in the plastics industry. The custom molder, located in central New York state, specializes in plastic packaging for beauty and cosmetics, amenities and household consumables, as well as electronic connectors and medical measuring devices.
Published: July 22nd, 2014
Congress was finally able to accomplish something this summer when both the House and the Senate passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by an overwhelming 415-6 and 95-3 vote respectively. The passage of this bill last month pleased many of the manufacturing trade associations.
Published: July 21st, 2014
With the new school year fast approaching, the International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD) announced that 12 recipients have been awarded a 2014 IAPD Scholarship through the IAPD Charitable Foundation. Annual IAPD scholarships are awarded based on a student's academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need.
IAPD member company employees, children of member company employees and students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program for polymer sciences, are eligible to apply for the IAPD scholarship.
Published: July 16th, 2014
Karen Carter, global marketing director for Dow's packaging and specialty plastics business and a 20-year employee of Dow, was recently named to the Forty Women to Watch Over 40 List for 2014. Carter was selected from more than 500 nominations for her leadership contributions to business innovation, passion for excellence and commitment to community service, the company stated.
Published: July 14th, 2014
Chalk one up for business and the industry. On July 11, the House of Representatives voted 258-160 to pass H.R. 4718 to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent the additional 50 percent depreciation allowance (bonus depreciation) qualified property placed in service after December 31, 2013.
Published: July 14th, 2014
ResTech Plastic Molding LLC (RPM) announced the merger of its two Connecticut-based divisions: Northeast Mold & Plastics of Glastonbury, CT, acquired earlier this year, and Tech Atlantic of Berlin, CT, acquired in April 2013. Acquisitions and the merger of the Connecticut facilities reflect RPM's manufacturing strategy to build an industry-leading manufacturing platform.
Published: July 11th, 2014
The news landscape continues to evolve and as a result, more and more readers across all types of industries are consuming news digitally.
And it's no different for plastics professionals.
PlasticsToday recently completed its annual reader survey, receiving responses to a variety of questions from more than 1,000 plastics professionals. One of the key figures is good news for trees - 74% of the audience prefers reading industry news digitally versus print.
Published: July 8th, 2014
If you want 'Made in the USA,' you have to ask for it. And if you're the giant retailer Walmart, when you ask, people respond. On July 8, Walmart held its first-ever open call event for Made in the USA products, opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers at its Bentonville, AR, headquarters to pitch their products to Walmart's senior leaders and merchants.
Published: July 1st, 2014
Richard Schloesser, president and CEO of Toray Plastics America and adviser to the Toray Industries' board of directors, has retired and is succeeded by Michael Brandmeier, effective on Tuesday. Schloesser joined the company in 1990 and had been president and CEO since 2008. Brandmeier most recently served the company as executive VP and COO. He will continue to be a member of the Board of Directors. The two have worked side by side at Toray for nearly two decades.