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Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 11:30
An Aug. 4 fire heavily damaged Green Tree Plastics LLC, an Evansville, Ind., company known for making plastic lumber for school groups using caps and lids collected by children. The fire started at about 1 p.m. from an exhaust fan and spread quickly when it ignited a pile of plastic pellets, according to the Evansville Fire Department. Workers tried unsuccessfully to put it out with an extinguisher. Ten workers were in the plant at the time. All escaped and no one was hurt. "At this time Green Tree Plastics is closed for business. We are working with water, power, the fire marshals and the insurance agencies at this time to start coming up with a plan to rebuild and move forward," the company wrote in reply to questions from Plastics News .
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 11:00
A&R LOGISTICS INC. — The dry bulk and liquid chemical transportation services provider in Louisville, Ky., named Natalie Masin vice president of finance, corporate controller and Adam Denton vice president of finance, head of shared services. AGILYX INC. — The chemical recycler in Tigard, Ore., named Peter Norris chairman. Tim Stedman will become CEO, Aug. 17 based in Switzerland. Current CEO Joe Vaillancourt will become president of affiliate Cyclyx International Inc. AGR INTERNATIONAL INC. — The manufacturer of laboratory and on-line testing and quality control devices in Butler, Pa., named Martin Küstner international sale director and Davide Bartoli international service director. ALLSTEIN GMBH — The web flexographic printing machines m.
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 10:18
ARaymond North America is closing a plant in Brunswick, Ohio, that specializes in automotive and industrial fastening systems, affecting 53 employees. The supplier will transfer production to its other North American facilities, "as part of the company's plan towards best leveraging its manufacturing capabilities," according to an Aug. 6 news release. Production in Brunswick will be phased out by December, it said. Injection molding operations will be transferred to ARaymond's facility in Rochester Hills, Mich., Mike Foresman, communications manager for ARaymond told Plastics News in an emailed statement. "A small number of layoffs in sales are planned for October, with plant manufacturing staff layoffs taking place in November and December.
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 09:32
Plastics News is seeking interesting CEOs to feature in our sixth annual CEO issue, which will be published Sept. 7. We want to profile current and retired industry CEOs, similar to our recent Women Breaking the Mold and Rising Stars special issues. We're looking for people with president or CEO titles at plastics companies. While that's a pretty exclusive list, we're casting a wide net. Processors and supplier company CEOs are eligible, as well as candidates both inside and outside of North America. And diversity is strongly encouraged. This year we're adding some questions about how CEOs are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and their expectations for 2021. That's in addition to asking CEOs to share their stories about how they ended
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 09:30
Donna Stoughton got into the plastics industry while she was attending San Jacinto College in Texas and took a temporary accounting position at Bayport's American Hoechst Corp., which produced high density polyethylene resin for film, pipe, injection and blow molding. "When I started, I knew nothing about the different types of plastics or how plastic products are manufactured.
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 09:30
Marie Weyandt studied journalism, public relations and advertising at Creighton University in Nebraska. She spent the majority of her career at Edina, Minn.-based Regis Corp. managing the marketing strategy for hair salon openings and later managed a nationwide gift card program for all corporate and franchise brands. She joined cross-linked polyethylene pipe maker Uponor of Apple Valley, Minn., in 2018 as the associate marketing manager of PP-RCT (polypropylene, random copolymer, with modified crystallinity and temperature resistance), working on launching a new PP-RCT product offering — her first role in the plastics industry. "I was interested in the industry because I wanted to expand my knowledge of a B2B industry and how marketing pla.
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 09:30
David and Dorothy Chiorgno opened Pittsfield, Mass.-based Pittsfield Plastics Engineering Inc. in 1968. Donna Virgilio is the daughter of David and Dorothy Chiorgno. She spent most of her career there on the administrative side: payroll, human resources, accounts payable and receivable, purchasing and more. The injection molder was purchased by investors in 1998. Virgilio continued the administrative duties and eventually served as controller. Bruce Dixon, CEO and chief financial officer, came on board, and Virgilio served as a resource for shop floor and office activities. She ultimately became the vice president of operations, the position she holds today — a different environment from having attended cosmetology school out of high school.
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 09:30
After working in a compounding plastics company in Brazil and seeing the need to serve small compounders, molders and end product manufacturers who would like to offer sustainable alternatives to clients, Ana Silva started recycling and bioplastics startup Comitatvs Group of Boston in 2018. Comitatvs' vision, according to its website, is "to contribute to building a world where we maintain the practicality of plastics in a sustainable way, being mindful of the footprint our materials leave behind.". "
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 09:30
Patricia van Ee has master's degrees in chemical engineering and business administration. She started as a chemical engineer at a specialty chemicals company in Europe but switched to sales. "After a few years, I moved from an account manager role covering the U.K. and Scandinavia to business development in the U.S.," she said in her Women Breaking the Mold survey. "I managed two different U.S. sales teams and led a global group that innovated products and started business in high-end electronics applications. "A year ago, I decided to make a big change and became senior vice president of sales and marketing at Inhance Technologies, a private equity-owned company that transforms specialty plastics and chemicals," she added. Inhance is a Hou.
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 08:51
German plastics and rubber machinery manufacturers had already seen sales drop 6 percent in 2019, after 11 years of growth. Now the trade group VDMA says the impact of the coronavirus has led to an even bigger hit. Orders for the first five months of 2020 were down 20 percent compared to the previous year, the trade group said. "The pandemic was the stab in the back for customer industries that had already been performing badly," said Thorsten Kühmann, managing director of the VDMA trade association. On a more positive note, he noted that "in times of the coronavirus crisis many plastics and rubber machines are being supplied particularly to the sectors of medical engineering and packaging.". The pandemic has had another effect, as well: It
Plastics News (UK) 08/07/2020 08:30
Making Purple beds in Georgia. Maybe, like me, you've seen that commercial involving the Purple mattress and an egg one too many times. Or, like me, you would like to know exactly what makes up the mattress company's "hyper-elastic polymer" beyond some kind of urethane. But don't write off the company as just some trendy "bed in a bag" direct-to-consumer business. announced a couple of weeks ago that it is about to open its third U.S. manufacturing plant, in Henry County, Ga., where it expects to hire "hundreds" of employees. "We are proud to be a U.S. manufacturer," Joe Megibow, CEO of Purple, said in a news release. "During these challenging times, we feel especially proud that we are able to invest in significantly expanding our manufactu.
Plastics News (UK) 08/06/2020 15:40
Milan — Declining trade and low demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have hit the Italian rubber and plastics machinery industry, with full recovery only likely in 2022, according to trade association Amaplast. The uncertain outlook, combined with the ongoing travel restrictions, have considerably hampered the commissioning of new systems and the ability to provide service, the Milan-based association said. Italy's rubber and plastics machinery industry exports roughly 70 percent of production, a percentage rising to as high as 90 percent for certain types of equipment.
Plastics News (UK) 08/06/2020 15:34
Pack Expo, which had been planned for Nov. 8-11 in Chicago's McCormick Place, is the latest trade show to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic. The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Herndon, Va.-based trade group that owns the show, announced the news Aug. 5. "The PMMI board determined that due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and the current state and local regulations, it was not possible to have a safe and productive event for attendees and exhibitors," the group announced. Instead, the group will launch a live, web-based event, Pack Expo Connects2020, that will take place Nov. 9-13.
Plastics News (UK) 08/06/2020 14:32
Jennye Scott's first job in the plastics industry was as a coordinator at Evansville, Ind.-based Berry Global Group Inc., working with outside agencies who processed art for the plastics packaging company. The full prepress process was eventually brought in-house and the department grew as business grew. "I came upon this position by chance, but it turned out to be the beginning of an exciting career," Scott said in her Women Breaking the Mold survey.
Plastics News (UK) 08/06/2020 09:35
Rising feedstock costs and improving demand sent North American polypropylene resin costs up in July. The 6-cent-per-pound increase was tied to higher prices for polymer-grade propylene monomer. Market sources also told Plastics News that several producers — including Dow Inc., Enterprise Products, Total Petrochemicals, Ineos Group and Formosa Plastics Corp. USA — had supply issues in July on either propylene monomer or PP resin. North American PP prices had increased by 1 cent in June after being flat in May. Some PP end markets also are seeing improved demand as North American consumers adjust to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. "There were some big production outages in July and inventory was drawn down by 90 million pounds," said S.

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