SMEs drowning in regulatory paperwork; SPI calls for updating nation’s regulatory scheme

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: September 11th, 2014

While the federal government talks a good game with regard to supporting manufacturing, training skilled workers for manufacturing jobs, and applauding the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, the regulatory burden on manufacturers is becoming greater and impeding growth.

Swiss masterbatch specialist Sukano appoints new CEO

By Karen Laird
Published: August 30th, 2014

Masterbatch producer Sukano AG (Schindellegi, Switzerland) has announced the appointment of Michael de Braaf as its new CEO. De Braaf, who has served the company since March 1, 2014, as Head of Sales, was unanimously elected to this new position by the Board of Directors of Sukano AG. In addition to his new tasks as CEO, he will continue to head the sales team.

SPI invites students to submit videos on the 'Future of Plastics'

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: August 27th, 2014

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and its Future of Plastics Foundation are looking for students to tell the future of plastics through video. The trade association has announced the official opening of the plastics industry's 2014 Student Video Contest. This year's theme is "Innovating in the 21st Century" and asks graduate and undergraduate students, as teams and/or as individuals, to submit 2-4 minute videos that explore the future of plastics in the realms of innovation, design freedom and the economics of plastics.

Is Walmart’s push for more Made In the USA altruism or is it about the money?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 22nd, 2014

We've heard a lot this summer about Walmart's push to find more manufacturers in the USA who can supply the giant retailer with products consumers are craving. The company is looking to invest $50 billion of these 'Made in the USA' goods on Walmart's shelves. And it seems that U.S. manufacturers are flocking to supplier events to get in on Walmart's newfound love for products made in the USA.

#MfgDay14: Opening doors to our industry's future

By Gary Weldon
Published: August 14th, 2014

Sometimes the best way to open the door of opportunity is to just grab a hold of the handle and pull.

Westminster Tool closes the skills gap with Westminster Academy

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: August 14th, 2014

Finding skilled employees for the moldmaking industry isn't easy. Just ask Westminster Tool, a precision mold manufacturer located in Plainfield, CT, specializing in innovative manufacturing solutions in plastics and composites. The company designs and builds molds for the aerospace, medical and industrial markets. After spending $15,000 in nine months on help-wanted ads for skilled moldmakers, Westminster received four applications. Two of those were from individuals who were retired and wanted something to keep them busy part-time.

Names in the news: Engel, Graham Engineering, SPI, Toray Plastics and more

By PlasticsToday Staff
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.

Currier Plastics expands its collegiate co-op program

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and NAM support Senate’s response to address skills gap

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

IAPD announces 2014 scholarship recipients

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

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