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Plastics News to close Akron office, Eagan to step down as publisher

Tony Eagan is out at Plastics News and Plastics News is out of Akron. Eagan, who became publisher of the weekly news magazine in October 1993, is an original employee of the Crain Communications publication, which launched in 1989 in Akron, OH but will be closing that office and moving into Crain's Detroit headquarters later this year. Eagan, who will step down effective Jan. 1, will be replaced by Brennan Lafferty, who was most recently publisher of PN sister publication, Waste & Recycling News.

PlasticsToday Staff

August 13, 2013

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Plastics News to close Akron office, Eagan to step down as publisher

PN Editor-in-Chief Don Loepp told PlasticsToday that he could not comment on specific individuals beyond Eagan who could potentially be affected by the move to Detroit, saying only that the newspaper currently has 29 full-time employees and that it will have at least that many full-time employees once in Detroit.

The news that PN would leave Akron was originally reported as a brief by The Akron Beacon Journal on July 31. In that article, Crain's director of corporate communications, Jim Parks, said that while some employees might be offered an opportunity to move to Detroit, "there will be impacts felt for sure," for the Akron staff, with the move allowing Crain to consolidate some positions.

Loepp told PlasticsToday that the move to Detroit will take place over the next few months, following the K show, which runs from Oct. 16-23 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Asked about the future of PN as a weekly print publication, Loepp said Crain will continue with print. In an article posted on PN's site on August 9 regarding the move and departure of Eagan, Lafferty is quoted as saying, "Our backbone is our strong print product."

24 years in plastics publishing
Eagan joined PN in 1989 as its eastern regional sales manager, before being promoted to national sales manager in 1992 and subsequently publisher in 1993. From 1977 to 1989, Eagan worked in the Philadelphia area in media sales, initially for two years at Environmental Science & Technology before spending 10 years with Chemical & Engineering News.

Lafferty has worked for Crain for 17 years, spending the last three as publisher of Waste & Recycling News. He was previously WRN's managing editor and then its eastern sales manager. The Akron Beacon Journal article reported that WRN would cease publication on August 5. In a release dated August at its site, Crain reported that John Campanelli, former editor of WRN, was joining Crain's Cleveland Business as associate publisher, and would ultimately replace Brian Tucker as publisher of that publication in early 2014, with Tucker to retire after 28 years with Crain.

On its web site, PN now lists several WRN staff as reporters, including, Catherine Kavanaugh and Jeremy Carroll out of Detroit, and Jim Johnson, based in Ohio. No longer listed are Jessica Holbrook, who covered packaging and recycling, and Gayle Putrich, a Washington DC based reporter for PN.

Crain moved into its current Detroit headquarters at the end of 2001. At that time, it was set to occupy approximately 100,000 square feet across the fourth and fifth floors. In its new Detroit office, PN will join fellow Crain publications Automotive News, Crain's Detroit Business and AutoWeek.

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