#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.

Dow packaging executive named as one of 'Forty Women to Watch Over 40'

By PlasticsToday Staff
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.

House of Representatives approves permanent 50% bonus depreciation

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

ResTech Plastic Molding announced merger of its two Connecticut divisions

By Clare Goldsberry
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.

Survey says: Plastics professionals embracing news delivered digitally

By Heather Caliendo
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.

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