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    Top 5 Ways to Turn Failure into Advantage

    By Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business “The only real mistake...

    NPE2024 Showcases the Latest in Plastics Industry Technology

    By Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business NPE2024: The Plastics Show...

    Reducing Waste and Maximizing Efficiency in Manufacturing

    By Steve Bieszczat, chief marketing officer, DELMIAWorks When processors...

    Looking for Cost Savings? Start with Energy

    By Sinead Ross, director of marketing, Titan Energy In the...

    Technology Focus: Process Simulation

    Process Simulation A look at process simulation in plastics manufacturing...

    Effective Leadership Planning for NextGen Succession

    By Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business “If you can’t be...

    Booklist: Put On Your Oxygen Mask First

    By Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business I’ve been...

    Four Changes That Have Economic Impact

    By Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence Has it...
    Fig. 1: Annual Cost per Participating Employee for Healthcare Coverage

    US Manufacturers Face Threat of Increasing Healthcare Rates, Seek Answers to Protecting Margins

    By Andrew Carlsgaard, analytics director, MAPP In an increasingly competitive...
    The belief in nurturing talent, fostering growth and empowering the next generation of leaders in the manufacturing industry has been a guiding principle across generations of family leadership. Hoffer Plastics continues to attract, retain and inspire the next workforce.

    Hoffer Plastics Builds Careers Based on the Principle “People Matter”

    By Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business Family-owned since 1953, Robert...

    MAPP Association News: Issue 2 2024

    MAPP Plastics Benchmarking Survey Now Open MAPP advocates for the crucial...

    Protecting Plastics Processors from Digital Disruption

    By Tom Wojcinski, principal, and Michael J. Devereux II,...
    Beacon Timeline

    Beacon Engineered Solutions Implements Automation to Ease Labor Crunch

    By Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business Beacon Engineered Solutions earned...

    Issue 1, 2024

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      Technology Focus: Material Handling Systems and Equipment

      A look at material handling systems and auxiliary equipment...

      Throwing a Punch to Break Through Sales Walls

      By Tom Wood, vice president, sales, E-S Plastic Products To...
      Changing landscape of healthcare

      Navigating the Changing Landscape of Healthcare

      By Susan Denzio, captive coordinator, MAPP The healthcare landscape presents...
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      Association: 2024 Issue 1

      MAPP Announces 2024 Events MAPP is excited to announce several...

      Does It Matter or Not – It’s Your Call!

      “It’s coming!” I yelled at my teammates as I...

      Improved Methods, Better Parts

      By Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business Texas Injection Molding, Houston,...

      Addressing Common Quality Issues

      By Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business With thousands of manufacturers...

      Why Leaders Struggle to Build a Culture of Accountability and How They Can Do It

      By Tramico Herman, MBA, BSN, RN A company’s success is...
      Mixed Reviews for 2024’s Economy

      Mixed Reviews for 2024’s Economy

      By Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence There always...

      Partnership with ITR Economics Enhances Member Benefits

      By Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business On the rise and...

      Viking Plastics Builds Successful Employee Referral Program

      By Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business Business gurus often talk...

      NPE2024 Delivers the Latest Technology

      After a six-year hiatus, one of the plastics industry’s...

       


      Issue 4, 2023

      Branching Out with Additive Manufacturing
      By Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      Strategic Planning for 2024: Contracts, Labor Markets, Tax Impacts and Resin Trends
      By Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business

      How to Get the Most Out of Attending NPE2024
      By Greg Hannoosh and Mark Malloy, Next Step Communications, Inc.

      Maximizing Website Impact on Sales Funnel, Recruiting Processes
      By Sara Melefsky, digital marketing director, WayPoint Marketing Communications

      Organized Labor Activities Cause Concern for Plastics Processors
       By Andrew Carlsgaard, business relations manager/analytics director, MAPP

      Change Your Perception and Go All In!
      By Troy Nix, Executive Director, MAPP

      Association News: 2023 Issue 4

      Technology Focus: 2023 Issue 4

      Issue 3, 2023

      Best Practices for New Program Start-Up: The Supplier Perspective
      By Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business

      It’s Time to Sell
      By Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business

      What Recession?
      By Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Contracting in a New World
      By Josef Keglewitsch, partner, Ice Miller LLP

      Hiring Skilled Labor in an Uncertain Job Market
      By Todd Nickerson, recruiting director, MBS Advisors

      How to Get the Most Out of Exhibiting at NPE2024
      By Greg Hannoosh and Mark Malloy, Next Step Communications, Inc.

      Changing Industry Dynamics Crunching Plastics Processors for Higher Wages
      By Andrew Carlsgaard, business relations manager/analytics director, MAPP

      Strengthening Plastics Manufacturing Performance via Management by Exception
      By Steve Bieszczat, chief marketing officer, DELMIAWorks


      Issue 2, 2023

      Walk a Mile in Their Shoes to Lead with Empathy
      Summarized by Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      Secondary Education Programs Offer Opportunities in Plastics
      By Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      Leaders Drive Success by Asking the Right Questions
      By Jim LeGacy, president and CEO, Orion Performance Compounds

      View from 30: CMG Plastics Combines Sight and Sound to Increase Safety
      By Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business

      New Tax Law Rewards Manufacturers for Going Green
      By Teri Samples, partner and CPA, Wipfli

      Plastics Executives Report Encouraging Outlook for Automation
      By Andrew Carlsgaard, business relations manager/analytics director, MAPP

      A Collision of the Global Supply Chain: Politics, Inflation and Alternative Sources
      By Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Step Back to Let Others Lead
      By Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business


      Issue 1, 2023

      Recycled Resins Fill Sustainability Gaps in Plastics Processing
      By Todd Waddle, director, sustainability, M. Holland

      Crisis Communications: Adjusting the Marketing Message
      By Teresa Schell, president and owner, Vive

      The 8 Most Common Efficiency GAPS in Plastics Operations
      By Rick Dunne, director of sales, CyFrame

      Champion Plastics Innovates with Plasma Treating Automation
      By Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business

      Design Concerns for Durable Products: IML/IMD/IME
      By Paul O’Hearn, engineering manager, Profile Plastics

      Looking Ahead to 2023: Markets, Staffing and Investments
      By Maggie Taylor, writer, Plastics Business

      Plastics Processors Indicate Slower Than Expected Q4 2022, Temper Expectations for 2023
      By Andrew Carlsgaard, business relations manager/analytics director, MAPP

      “Future Proofing” Your Production Workforce – Confidence and Knowledge Are the Keys to Handling Change
      By Daniel Stephens, vice president, Routsis Training LLC

      North American Outlook: Inflation Is the Focus
      By Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence


      Issue 4, 2022

      Building Resilience Together at the Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference in Indianapolis!
      by Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business

      Raising the Bar on Recruitment and Retention
      by Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business

      Digital Marketing at iD Additives: Real Results with Quality Over Quantity
      by Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business

      Plastics Business Annual Buyers Resource Guide

      Managed Service Providers are Critical to Securing Smart Factory
      by Lauren Middleton, content writer and web designer, River Valley Digital

      Despite Supply Chain Improvements, Skepticism Remains
      by Andrew Carlsgaard, business relations manager, MAPP

      Four Steps to Improve Supply Chain Forecasting
      by Matt Stekier, principal, and Ryan Muneio, manager, Plante Moran

      How Does Healthcare Delivery Differ from Pizza Delivery?
      by Susan Denzio, director of information and administrative services, First Resource, Inc.

      Employee Benefits: Rising Costs vs. Necessary Incentives
      by Maggie Taylor, writer, Plastics Business

      Applying TQM to Sales
      by Lewis Yasenchak, senior plastics consultant, P&Y Management Resources

      What to Make of Recession Angst
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      US is More Profitable Than China for Plastics-Based Manufacturing
      by Greg Kozera, director of marketing and sales, Shale Crescent USA

      Strategic Alternatives: Insights on Ownership Transitions
      by Michael Benson, managing director, Stout

      Booklist: I Put the “Pro” in Procrastinate
      by Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business


      Issue 3, 2022

      Going for Gold: Safety in the Workplace
      by Lindsey Munson, editor, Plastics Business

      Reshoring Gains Momentum
      by Hallie Forcinio, writer, Plastics Business

      What’s New and What’s Possible in Additive Manufacturing for Plastics, Metal and More
      by Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      Recruitment and Retention: Ideas from Other Processors
      by Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business

      Why Can’t We Be Like Cars?
      by Will Hinshaw, partner/founder, Captive Solutions & Options

      Processors Increase Wages Amid Historically High US Inflation Rate
      by Marcella Kates, marketing director, MAPP

      China’s Threat to Itself and the World
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Techniques for a Successful Mold-Building Partnership
      by Gene Mussel, director, Harbour Results, Inc.

      Finding and Assessing New Business Opportunities
      by Nicole Mitchell, editor, Plastics Business

      It’s Time to Intentionally Connect
      by Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business


      Issue 2, 2022

      An Effective Approach to Toolmaker Evaluations
      by Danielle Sheldon, marketing assistant, Team 1 Plastics, and Nicole Mitchell, editor, Plastics Business

      Plants Experiment with Alternate Work Schedules
      by Hallie Forcinio, writer, Plastics Business

      m-hub Connects the Plastics Industry
      by Andrea Tellan, co-founder, m-hub

      What Are the Real Threats to the Economy?
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Five Common HR Challenges in the Plastics Industry
      by Nicole Mitchell, editor, Plastics Business

      Who Supports the Leaders? The Role of the Business Support Team
      by Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business

      Don’t Take the Medicine Yet!
      by Will Hinshaw, partner/founder, Captive Solutions & Options

      Plastics Processors Identify Both Challenges and Opportunities in Healthcare Landscape
      by Rachael Pfenninger, director of strategic execution, MAPP

      Every Plant Needs to Conduct a Cyber Risk Assessment
      by Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      Sophisticated Check Fraud Scheme Stopped with Positive Pay
      by Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business

      Booklist: We Already Are Leaders
      by Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business


      Issue 1, 2022

      View from 30: A Higher Meaning to Work at Belmont Engineered Plastics
      by Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business

      New Facility Construction: Designing for the Future
      by Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      Q&A: Automation in Plastics Molding Plants
      by Nicole Mitchell, editor, Plastics Business

      Year-End Tax Thoughts and Policy Outlook for 2022 and Beyond
      by Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP, partner, Wipfli

      What is Going On, and Why?
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      When Customers Hold Their Hands Up: Lead Response
      by Troy Harrison, author of “Sell Like You Mean It!”

      Stress Testing the Business: 5 Lessons from Plastics Molding Companies
      by Dianna Brodine, vice president, editorial, Plastics Business

      Monitoring Health Benefits Costs: What is the Magic Number?
      by Will Hinshaw, partner/founder, Captive Solutions & Options

      Adapting to and Overcoming New and Recurring Challenges in 2022
      by Ian Gjertson, analytics director, MAPP

      Booklist: New Year, New Me – and Maybe New You
      by Nicole Mitchell, editor, Plastics Business


      Issue 4, 2021

      What Processors Can Do to Maintain a Healthy Flow in Their Resin Supply Chain
      by Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      Tools for Improving Inventory Monitoring and Tracking, and Supply Chain Management
      by Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      View from 30: Going Green is Good for Business at PMT
      by Nicole Mitchell, writer, Plastics Business

      2021 MAPP Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Sales Strategies to Attract New Businesses
      by Todd M. Zielinski, CEO, and Lisa Benson, senior marketing content consultant, Athena SWC

      State of the Plastics Industry: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Thunderstorms
      by Laurie Harbour, president and CEO, Harbour Results, Inc.

      The Complexity of Machine Rates in the Plastics Processing Industry
      by Ian Gjertson, analytics director, MAPP

      Five Key Points CEOs Should Address in Their IT Services Contracts
      by Reggie Gresham, vice president of enterprise sales, Matrix Integration

      What’s Up with Inflation These Days
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Aftermarket Partnerships Maximize Equipment Performance
      by Sukumara Repuri, director, global aftermarket of assembly technologies, and Sophie Morneau, director, global strategic accounts of assembly technologies, Emerson

      When You’re Tired
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 3, 2021

      MAPP Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference
      Plastics Business

      Automating Processes Beyond the Production Floor
      by Hallie Forcinio, writer, Plastics Business

      No-Cost Energy Assessments Offered by DOE’s Industrial Assessment Center
      by Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      The View from 30 Feet: Competitive Nature Improves Quality at Dymotek
      by Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      Leaders Never Stop Learning: The “Building Leaders of Character” Program
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Six Things Manufacturers Should Do with Safety Data Sheets
      by Liz Stevens, writer, Plastics Business

      An Honest Assessment of the CRM Software Utilized in the Manufacturing Industry
      by Ian Gjertson, analyst, MAPP

      Protecting Workers in a Post-Pandemic Manufacturing Environment
      by Angela Courtwright, attorney, Ice Miller LLP

      We Got What We Wanted … Now What?
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Sharpening Those Leadership Skills
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 2, 2021

      15 Years of Plastics Business Magazine
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Additive Manufacturing: Emerging into a Post-COVID World
      by Lara Copeland, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Finding Waste on the Plant Floor
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Five Places to be on the Lookout for Fraud
      by Christina Solomon, CPA/CVV, CPE, CGMA and Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP, Mueller Prost

      View from 30: From Surviving the Resin Shortage to a Zero-Scrap Footprint: What Repelletizing Can Do for Your Company
      by Marcella Kates, director of marketing, MAPP

      Successful Transition: Leadership Changes in a Pandemic
      by Brittany Willes, writer, Plastics Business

      A Return to 1990s Economics
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Manufacturers Losing the Battle Against Healthcare Insurance Companies
      by Troy Nix, executive director, MAPP

      M&A in the Time of COVID-19
      by Todd Parsapour, Stout

      Understanding Cleanrooms and Their Successful Use in Plastics Decoration
      by Paul Uglum, president, Uglum Consulting, LLC

      Booklist: Stay Hip, My Friends
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 1, 2021

      A Message of Optimism: Getting Back on Track in 2021
      by Maria Nix, contributing writer, MAPP

      Use Automation to Monitor Inventory in Resin Silos
      by Jenny Nielson Christensen, MBA, vice president of marketing, BinMaster

      The Trials of 2020 Position 2021 for Growth
      by Hallie Forcinio, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Automation Increases Safety on the Plant Floor
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      View from 30: Bamar Plastics Saves Time, Bolster ROI with STEPsaver Mobile Cart
      by Lara Copeland, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Negotiating Customer Supply Agreements
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      When You See a Fork in the Road, Take It
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Building a Culture of Gratitude through Social Media Interaction
      by Brittany Willes, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Reduce Electrical Shock Incidents by Relying on Safety-by-Design
      by Littelfuse

      To Repair or Not to Repair?
      by Brett Beardsley, president, Bear Industrial Group

      Booklist: Stick to the Vision
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 4, 2020

      Benchmarking Conference Goes Virtual
      Plastics Business

      Are Women the Answer to Manufacturing’s Talent Crisis?
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Regrind, Reuse, Recycle: Plastikos Medical Makes Sustainability a Top Priority
      by Brittany Willes, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Technology Trends in Auxiliary Equipment
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      2020 and 2021: No End to Chaos in Sight
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      NPE2021: Opportunities in Virtual and In-Person Formats
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      View From 30: Containing the Threat: Viking Plastics Takes on Cybersecurity during the Coronavirus Pandemic
      by Lara Copeland, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Plastics Manufacturers Face Four Priorities in 2021
      by Louis Columbus, principal, DELMIAworks

      Compensation Amid a Pandemic: Trends in the Plastics Industry
      by Ashley Turrell, membership & analytics director, MAPP

      Manufacturing Training and Jobs for the Reentry Population
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 3, 2020

      MAPP Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference
      Plastics Business

      Training Matrix: The Roadmap for Employee Advancement
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      The Impact of COVID-19 on Plastics and Parallel Industries
      by the Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors

      Program Launch Best Practices in a Pandemic-Pressed World
      by Cynthia Kustush, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Revamping Healthcare at Vital Plastics
      by Lara Copeland, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Additive Manufacturing’s Vision for Molders
      A conversation with Bob Gafvert, production partnership sales manager, Carbon

      Applying Industry 4.0 in Plastics Processing
      A Q&A with Steve Bieszcat, CMO of DELMIAworks

      Training is Essential
      by Michelle Parr Paulson, director of marketing communications, Paulson Training Programs

      Economic Smooth Sailing or Headed for the Rocks?
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      What Manufacturers Should Know About Prescription Drug Use
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Are You Listening?
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 2, 2020

      Spring Cleaning in the Tool Room: Five Jobs to Do Now
      by Bryan Whitaker, technical manager, iD Additives

      The Time to Recruit is Now
      by Dan Regovich, owner and operator, AJ Augur

      The Importance of Training for Plastics Companies
      by Andy Routsis, president, Routsis Training

      Cautious Optimism is Overwhelmed by Economic Shock and Uncertainty
      by Greg Alonso, principal, Plante Moran

      Molding the Market: The Future of Medical Resins
      by Brittany Willes, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      CARES Act Provides Relief to Plastics Processors
      by Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP, Mueller Prost

      The COVID-19 Effect: Preparing Your Business for a ‘New Normal’
      by Laurie Harbour, president and CEO, Harbour Results

      COVID-19: Business Policies and Best Practices
      by Ashley Turrell, membership & analytics director, MAPP

      What Will the Economic Aftermath Look Like?
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Surviving an OSHA Inspection
      Coordinated by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Not Your Typical Business Podcasts
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 1, 2020

      Nationally Funded Program Offers Assistance to Manufacturers
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Molders are Looking Forward with 20/20 Vision of the Year Ahead
      by Cynthia Kustush, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Using a Web-Based Document Control and Training Platform at Automation Plastics
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      Forecasts are Changing for Plastics Manufacturers in 2020
      by Ashley Turrell, membership & analytics director, MAPP

      Young Professionals Network Fills Leadership Gap
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      Workstation Innovation Results in Safer, More Efficient Organizations
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      Let the Good Times Roll – But, for How Long?
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      Sales Strategies: Strategic Planning for Greater Sales Success
      by Brittany Willes, writer, Plastics Business

      Sales Strategies: How to Balance Customer Satisfaction and the Bottom Line
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Grab Customer Attention and Keep It
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 4, 2019

      SOLUTIONS: PCI Focuses on Culture through Ownership, Leadership Transitions
      by Nancy Cates, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      VIEW FROM 30: For the Sake of Clarity: Crescent Industries Updates Job Descriptions
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Businessproductivity

      PRODUCTIVITY: Simple and Straight Forward: Four Low-Cost Improvement Ideas
      by Ashley Turrell, membership & analytics director, MAPP

      REVIEW: Annual Benchmarking Conference Bring the Industry to Indianapolis
      Plastics Business

      BENCHMARKING: Rising Compensation, Increased Turnover Rates and Slow Hiring for Plastics Companies
      by Ashley Turrell, membership & analytics director, MAPP

      PERSPECTIVES: Plastics Positively Impacts the World Daily
      by Alex Hoffer, vice president of sales and operations, Hoffer Plastics Corporation

      STRATEGIES: Recent Acquisition Relied on Relationships, Fit
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      ECONOMIC CORNER: Four Issues Likely to Define 2020
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      BOOKLIST: Let’s Win the Game
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      MANAGEMENT: The Five Myths of Business Strategy
      by Rich Horwath, CEO, Strategic Thinking Institute

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 3, 2019

      PREVIEW: 2019 MAPP Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference
      Plastics Business

      OUTLOOK: Plastics Molders Ease Hiring Strain with Apprenticeships, Internships
      by Nancy Cates, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      STRATEGIES: Maximizing Value and Attracting the RIGHT Acquirer for Your Business
      by Jonathan Soucy, president, MBS Advisors

      INDUSTRY: EHS Summit Emphasizes Preparedness
      Plastics Business

      INDUSTRY: MAPP Honors Best Practices in Safety
      Plastics Business

      PRODUCTION: Training Challenge Ignites Competition
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      VIEW FROM 30: Vital Plastics’ Home-Based Assembly
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      FOCUS: Strategic Planning: Setting Your Business Up for Success
      by Laurie Harbour, president and CEO, Harbour Results, Inc.

      BENCHMARKING: What’s in a Machine Rate?
      by Ashley Turrell, membership and analytics director, MAPP

      ECOMONIC CORNER: Election Watch: It’s the Economy, Stupid
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      MARKETING: How Marketing Impacts Talent Recruitment
      by Shelly Otenbaker, president, WayPoint Marketing Communications

      MANAGEMENT: Sales Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast
      by John Waid, founder, C-3 Corporate Culture Consulting

      BOOKLIST: Excellence is a Habit
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 2, 2019

      INNOVATION: Collaborative Robot Cleans House at Metro Plastics
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      STRATEGIES: 5 Steps to Better Supply Agreements
      by H. Alan Rothenbuecher, partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

      SOLUTIONS: KPI: The Need to Measure
      by Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP, partner, Mueller Prost

      SOLUTIONS: Four Ways Plastics Providers Combine KPIs to Accelerate Growth
      by Louis Columbus, principal, IQMS

      OUTLOOK: Injection Molders Expand Business Through Proprietary Products
      by Katy Ibsen, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      VIEW FROM 30: SEA-LECT Teaches Entrepreneurs to Design for Plastics
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      INDUSTRY: 3D-Printed Fashion: Makers Push Boundaries
      by Nancy Cates, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      MANAGEMENT: 5 Reasons to Hire for Skill Over Experience
      by John Carrozza, principal consultant, Riviera Advisors, Inc.

      FOCUS: Workplace Implications for Marijuana Use
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      BENCHMARKING: Cost of Benefits Continues to Rise for Manufacturers
      by Ashley Turrell, membership and analytics director, MAPP

      ECONOMIC CORNER: Global Economy in a State of Flux (Again)
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      BOOKLIST: Find a Way to Be Better
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News
      Plastics Business


      Issue 1, 2019

      FOCUS: Strategic Steps to Maximize Business Value for Plastics Processors
      by Joellen Sorenson, director, Stout

      EDUCATION: Productive Partnerships: What Education and Industry Need to Prosper
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      STRATEGIES: Integrating In-Mold Decorating into Injection Molding Workflow
      by John Berg, director of marketing, Sussex IM

      SOLUTIONS: Intralox Builds a Winning Team
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      BENCHMARKING: Steady Not Stagnant: Strong Performance Continues in 2019
      by Ashley Burleson, membership and analytics director, MAPP

      OUTLOOK: Prepare for Supply Chain Pressures
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      VIEW FROM 30: Communicating Ideas for Improvement at Thogus
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      ACTIVISM: Advocacy for Plastics in Legislation
      by Liz Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      ECONOMIC CORNER: Plastics Industry Swings from Free Trade to No Trade
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      INDUSTRY: Five Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2019
      by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers

      MARKETING: Six Suggestions to Improve Social Media Marketing Efforts for B2B Businesses
      by Brenda Eubank, Team 1 Plastics

      BOOKLIST: Inspiration from the Sports World
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News


      Issue 4, 2018

      FOCUS: Going All In on Manufacturing Day at Crescent Industries
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      VIEW FROM 30: Reducing Scrap at Plastech Corporation
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      SOLUTIONS: Learning from the Best: Building a Better Training Program
      by Elizabeth Stevens, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      STRATEGIES: Quote, Price and Close Work Orders the Right Way
      by Nick Knight, Senior Director of Customer Services, Global Shop Solutions

      TECHNOLOGY: Increase Profits and Opportunities for Growth with Data-Driven Process Cooling
      by Al Fosco, Marketing Manager, Frigel North America

      TRAINING ROOM: How to Become a Plastics Guru: What You Need to Know
      by Jeremy Williams, Trainer/Consultant, RJG, Inc.

      REVIEW: MAPP’s 2018 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference
      Plastics Business

      ECONOMIC CORNER: If You Can’t Convince Them, Confuse Them
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      BENCHMARKING: Plastics Processors Continue to Boost Compensation for Workers
      by Ashley (Turrell) Burleson, membership and analytics manager, MAPP

      OUTLOOK: Year-End Tax Planning Opportunities
      by Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP, Mueller Prost

      BOOKLIST: Productivity and Prioritization
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News


      Issue 3, 2018

      STRATEGIES: How Digital Strategies are Driving Plastics Manufacturers’ Growth
      by Louis Columbus, principal, IQMS

      STRATEGIES: Data-Driven Decision Making with Process Quantity Analysis
      by Scott Walton and Patrick White, Harbour Results

      OUTLOOK: Resin Supply Chain Issues: Suppliers Offer Perspective, Solutions
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      SAFETY: Health and Safety in the Plastics Industry: Processors in the Spotlight with Best Practices
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      ECONOMIC CORNER: Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      TECHNOLOGY: Foaming Agents: Impact on Production Efficiency of Custom Closures
      by Mike Uhrain, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag, and Nick Sotos, iD Additives

      BENCHMARKING: Industry Trends in Mold and Machine Maintenance
      by Ashley Burleson, membership and analytics manager, MAPP

      FOCUS: Brand Protection for Plastics Molders: New Strategies for Anti-Counterfeit Security
      by Scott R. Sabreen, president, The Sabreen Group, Inc.

      FOCUS: IMD/IML: Common Performance Considerations and Test Methods
      by Dave Schoofs, product development, Central Decal Company

      MANAGEMENT: If You Don’t Know How to Onboard New Employees, You’re Not Alone
      by Pam Butterfield, Business Success Tools

      SOLUTIONS: Hearing Conservation in the Plastics Industry
      by Katy Ibsen, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      VIEW FROM 30: Anderson Technologies Offers Success Coaching to Its Employees
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      BOOKLIST: Creating Successful Cultures
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News


      Issue 2, 2018

      PROFILE: Opportunities After Acquisition at Met2Plastic
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      BENCHMARKING: Manufacturers Address Drugs in the Workplace
      by Ashley Burleson, membership and engagement manager, MAPP

      ECONOMIC CORNER: The Economist’s View: Steel Tariffs – Good, Bad, Both?
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      OUTLOOK: US Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports: Action Items for Businesses
      by Dave Andrea, Daron Gifford and Bryan Welsh, Plante Moran

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Implementing Cobots: Working Collaboratively with Robots at Wisconsin Plastics
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      MARKETING: LinkedIn Marketing for Plastics Businesses
      by Kyle Milan, CEO, 5 Fold Agency

      STRATEGIES: Email Marketing for Molders
      by Katy Ibsen, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      FOCUS: How to Prepare for the Next Downturn
      by Dr. Andreas Reger, researcher

      MANAGEMENT: This Year I Hope to (Insert Answer Here)
      by Jeff Bush, author

      BOOKLIST: Goal Setting and Follow Through
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News


      Issue 1, 2018

      PRODUCTION: OEE Leads to SMART Solutions at PMC
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      PREVIEW: NPE2018 Brings the Latest Technology to Orlando
      by Plastics Business

      OUTLOOK: Five Industry Trends Affecting Plastics Processors
      by Jay Smith, senior manager, and Scott Walton, COO, Harbour Results, Inc.

      BENCHMARKING: First Quarter Gaining Momentum: 2018 Plastics Industry Outlook
      by Ashley Turrell Burleson, membership and engagement manager, MAPP

      FOCUS: Collaboration Builds Business Relationships: ISO 13485 Standards Adoption
      by Nancy Cates, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      INNOVATION: The Path to Zero: Intertech Medical Develops Automated Work Cell
      by Brittany Willes, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      PROFILE: Focusing on the Future: Empire Precision Looks to Optics Manufacturing
      by Brittany Willes, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      STRATEGIES: Best Practices in Mold Disposal: A Legal Viewpoint
      by H. Alan Rothenbuecher, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Fan Filters Reduce Dust at Toyota Material Handling
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Ransomware Attacks Kentucky’s Par 4 Plastics
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      INDUSTRY: Tax Reform Implications for the Plastics Sector
      by Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP, partner, Mueller Prost

      ECONOMIC CORNER: The Good, Bad and Maybe Ugly Sides of the Tax Cut
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      MANAGEMENT: Ten High-Impact, Low-Cost Ways to Drive Higher Levels of Employee Engagement
      by Curt Redden, Primal Success

      BOOKLIST: A Nonfiction Brain Break
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      Association News


      Fall 2017

      OUTLOOK: Processors Predict Sustained Growth in 2018 
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      TRAINING ROOM: Four Strategies for Optimizing Production Scheduling in Real Time
      by Ed Potoczak, director of industry relations, IQMS

      CONFERENCE: MAPP’s 2017 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference

      STRATEGIES: Strategic Alternatives Through an Owner’s Eyes: Ownership Transitions
      by Joellen Sorenson, director, Stout

      BOOKLIST: Podcasts for Leaders
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      MANAGEMENT: Maintaining Business Stability Amid Political Turbulence

      ECONOMIC CORNER: Hurricanes Storm In with Lasting Impact on the Plastics Industry
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      FOCUS: From Melting to Molding – Analytical Techniques to Support Process Optimization and Quality Control in the Injection Molding Industry
      by Mettler Toledo

      PRODUCTION: 4DX Strategy Pushes Ideas to Goal Execution at GreenLeaf Industries
      by Nancy Cates, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      INDUSTRY: Manufacturing Day: Enhancing the Industry’s Image
      by Lara Copeland, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      INDUSTRY: MAPP Award Honors Outreach Efforts

      BENCHMARKING: As Labor Pool Shrinks, Compensation Rises 
      by Ashley Burleson, membership and engagement manager, MAPP

      Association News


      Summer 2017

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Established Procedures Stop Fraud Attempt at Plastikos
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Look Who’s Talking: Advancing Employee Communication with Falcon Plastics
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      INDUSTRY: Moving on Over: Manufacturing in China Helps Grow US Operations
      by Brittany Willes, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      BENCHMARKING: Changing Landscape of Sales Management in the Plastics Industry
      by Ashley Burleson, membership and engagement manager, MAPP

      SOLUTIONS: Part Design Considerations for Manufacturability Optimization
      by Drew Rosek, TZERO CAE specialist, RJG, Inc.

      FOCUS: Successful Automation Implementation
      by Dino Caparco, engineering operations manager, Yushin America, Inc.

      ECONOMY: How is the Economy Doing? It Depends on Which One
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      STRATEGIES: Understanding the Flow of Inventory Management
      by Grainger Editorial Staff

      MANAGEMENT: Building Loyal Relationships in a Disloyal World
      by Richard Farrell, president, Tangent Knowledge Systems

      BOOKLIST: Motivational Leadership
      by Plastics Business

      Association News


      Spring 2017

      TRAINING ROOM: Building a Successful Material Handling System
      by Doug Brewster, conveying product manager, Conair

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Shedding Light on Mid-Process Quality Control
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      SOLUTIONS: 3D-Printed Plastics Parts: To Weld or Not to Weld?
      by Trevor Larcheveque, Branson Ultrasonics Corp.

      MANAGEMENT: Three Questions That Capture Your Customer’s Attention
      by Stu Schlackman, author and sales expert

      INDUSTRY: Challenges in Plastics Industry Education
      by Nancy Cates, contributing writer, Plastics Business

      STRATEGIES: Managing the Supply Chain Squeeze
      by Laurie Harbour, Harbour Results, Inc.

      ASSOCIATION: MAPP Reaches 20-Year Milestone
      Plastics Business

      FOCUS: Q&A: Developments in Plastics Decoration
      by Paul Uglum, technology advocate, fabrication engineering, Delphi

      MATERIALS: Liquid Color for Plastics: Friend or Foe?
      by Nick Sotos, iD Additives, Inc.

      ECONOMY: Outlook: Shifting from Populism to Pragmatism
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      BOOKLIST: Strategic Planning
      Plastics Business

      Association News


      Winter 2017

      SOLUTIONS: Material Development for 3D Printing
      by Brittany Willes, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      SOLUTIONS: 3D Printing Takes on a New Shape
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      TRAINING: Preventing Unscheduled Mold Stops
      by Steve Johnson, operations manager, ToolingDocs

      ECONOMY: A First Economic Look at the Trump Administration
      by Chris Kuehl, managing director, Armada Corporate Intelligence

      INDUSTRY: 2017 Plastics Industry Outlook: Optimistic and Automated
      by Ashley Turrell Burleson, operations support specialist, MAPP, Inc.

      MANAGEMENT: 21st Century Leadership Intelligence
      by Magi Graziano, CEO, Conscious Hiring® and Development

      MARKETING: Augmented Reality: Catch Customers, Not Pokemon
      by Linda Mallwitz, marketing director, Vive

      ASSOCIATION: Association News
      by Plastics Business

      STRATEGIES: Applying the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 in the Plastics Sector
      by Steve Bieszczat, chief marketing officer, IQMS

      FOCUS: People are Not Plastic: Four Challenges Facing the Industry
      by Darryl Warren, president, D. Gene Alliance

      VIEW FROM 30: Focus on Lead Times: Using QRM to Get Ahead
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      BOOKLIST: Booklist: Telling Your Story
      by Plastics Business


      Fall 2016

      PROFILE: Consistent Processes Lead to Consistent Results at Revere Plastics
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      OPERATIONS: Unexpected Confusion: OSHA’s Proposed Lockout/Tagout Standard Changes
      by Phil N. Molé, MPH, VelocityEHS

      STRATEGIES: Take Steps to Prevent Workplace Violence
      by Van Harp, partner, Harp & Associates, LLC

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Maximizing Mold Changeover Efficiency at Dorel Juvenile Products
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      INDUSTRY: Election Results Create Path for Tax Changes
      by Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP, partner, Mueller Prost

      REVIEW: MAPP’s Annual Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference: Perseverance, The Secret of All Successby Plastics Business

      SOLUTIONS: Bemis Manufacturing Wins Inaugural Educational Outreach Contest
      by Plastics Business

      MANAGEMENT: Using a B.O.L.D. Approach to Succeed in an Unpredictable Business World
      by Jill Johnson, president, Johnson Consulting Services

      TRAINING ROOM: Advanced Injection Molding Simulation of Fiber-Filled Materials
      by Matt Proske, vice president, SIGMA Plastic Services, Inc.

      BOOKLIST: Event Speakers Make Recommendations

      Association News


      Summer 2016

      STRATEGIES: Don’t Forget About State Income Tax Incentives
      by Michael J. Devereux, CPA, CMP, partner, Mueller Prost PC

      INDUSTRY: OSHA Update: Penalties and Drug Testing
      by Joseph N. Gross, Esq., partner, Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

      MAINTENANCE: Minimizing Dust and Fines in Granulation and Conveying
      by Doug Brewster, product manager-conveying, and Vincent Carpentieri, product manager-size reduction, Conair Group

      THE VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Collaboration Strategies for Tool Launches
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      THE VIEW FROM 30 FEET: A Multi-Tiered RFQ Process
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      MANAGEMENT: Is Your Company the Next Blockbuster?
      by Steve Blue, president and CEO, Miller Ingenuity

      TRAINING ROOM: 4 Variables, 7 Questions: How to Determine What Changed in Your Process
      by Chris Nomura, consultant/trainer, RJG, Inc.

      BOOKLIST: Creating the Customer Experience
      Plastics Business

      Association News


      Spring 2016

      FOCUS: Racing to Production with 3D-Printed Insert Tooling
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      OUTLOOK: Eyeing New Opportunities in Cuba

      THE VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Game Training: Engaging Employees at Poly-Cast
      by Brittany Willes, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      THE VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Retooling Attendance, Communication and Morale at PRD
      by Lara Copeland, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      TRAINING ROOM: The Scientific Molding Plant: How to Get There from Here
      by Donald C. Paulson, founder and owner, Paulson Training Programs

      STRATEGIES: Don’t End Up with Drones and Clones: How to Really Invest in Your Staff and Future
      by Dennis Gros, founder and president, Gros Executive Recruiters

      MARKETING: Better Marketing with Video
      by Todd Schuett, owner, Creative Technology Corp.

      SOLUTIONS: Impact of Material Specification on Operational Efficiency
      by Stacy Shelly, regional commercial director, Midwest, AMCO Polymers

      BOOKLIST: Tackling Competition in a Global Market
      Selections offered by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      MANAGEMENT: Generating Excitement in a Boring Economy
      by Robert Fry, Robert Fry Economics LLC

      Association News


      Winter 2016

      FOCUS: Plastics Business Celebrates 10th Anniversary
      by Plastics Business

      INDUSTRY: Strong and Steady: 2016 MAPP Business Forecast
      by MAPP

      UPDATE: OSHA’s New Scrutiny on Plastics Companies
      by Robert Levandoski, CSP, CIH, president, Fuss & O’Neill Manufacturing Solutions

      VIEW FROM 30:Visual Management for Safety in Manufacturing
      by Brittany Willes, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      VIEW FROM 30: Scholarships Relieve Financial Burden, Encourage Plastics Industry Careers
      by Brittany Willes, contributing editor, Plastics Business

      OUTLOOK: Tax Legislation Update for Plastics Processors
      by Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP, partner and director of plastics industry services, Mueller Prost

      STRATEGIES: Common Pricing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
      by Amy Fulford, enlight

      SOLUTIONS: Utilizing Personality Tools to Find the Right Employees
      by Dianna Brodine, managing editor, Plastics Business

      BOOKLIST: Must-Read Books on Employee Motivation
      by Plastics Business

      MANAGEMENT: Change: Less Management, More Leadership, Better Results
      by Randy Pennington, principal, Pennington Group

      Association News
      by MAPP


      Fall 2015

      SOLUTIONS: The Culture Shift of the Morning Meeting
      by Brittany Willes

      FOCUS: Investing in the Tool Room
      by Dianna Brodine

      REVIEW: MAPP’s Annual Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference: The Power of Influence
      by Plastics Business

      INDUSTRY: Reducing the Risks of Combustible Dust
      provided by Grainger

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: American Export Expertise Leads to Presidential Award
      by Brittany Willes

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Molding Millennials: PMC and the Next Generation of Plastics Manufacturers
      by Brittany Willes

      PRODUCTION: Five Factors to Consider When Adding Robotics
      by Jason Holbrook, Krauss Maffei Corporation

      PRODUCTION: Robotics ROI: The Bottom Line on Automation
      by Ronald K. Bryant, Yushin America

      BOOKLIST: Business Books with a Lasting Influence
      by Dianna Brodine

      STRATEGIES: Year-End Tax Planning for Plastics Processors
      by Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, CMP, Mueller Prost

      Association News
      by MAPP


      Summer 2015

      PROFILE: More than Molding: OCTEX Aims for Magic
      by Dianna Brodine

      INDUSTRY: An M&A Market Update for the Plastics Industry
      by David Evatz, SRR

      MANAGEMENT: Four Insidious Impacts of a Mis-Hire
      by Magi Graziano, Conscious Hiring® and Development

      PRODUCTION: Monitoring Manufacturing Efficiency with Advanced Auxiliary Equipment
      by Dianna Brodine

      ASSOCIATION: Association News
      by MAPP

      VIEW FROM 30 FEET: Casual Fridays Include Fewer Emails at Ice Miller; Taking Tool Return Documentation to the Next Level at Metro Plastics Technologies; Getting on Board with Shift Changes at Crescent Industries
      by Brittany Willes

      BOOKLIST: Four of the Top Business Books of 2015
      by Dianna Brodine

      SOLUTIONS: Evaluating Plant Expansion Needs
      by Scott Walton, Harbour Results Inc.

      FOCUS: Ensuring Product Purity in Plastic Recycling
      by Dan Suderman, Bunting Magnetics Co.

      STRATEGIES: Benefits that Attract and Retain Employees
      by Dan Regovich, AJ Auger Group LLC


      Spring 2015

      Profile: Quality Mindset at Crescent Industries
      by Dianna Brodine

      View from 30 Feet: Offering Employee Relocation Expenses
      by Brittany Willes

      View from 30 Feet: Embracing 2 Second Lean
      by Brittany Willes

      Production: In-Mold Decorating Project Success: More than Technology
      by Dave Schoofs, Central Decal Company

      Industry: Lawsuits a Wake-Up Call on Proper Use of Background Checks
      by Wayne “Skip” Adams III, Ice Miller, LLP

      Solutions: Effective Inventory Management Adds to the Bottom Line
      by Dianna Brodine

      Outlook: Engaging in 5S
      by Jen Clark

      Focus: Structuring Sales and Customer Service Teams
      by Jen Clark

      Management: Nurturing the Work Environment
      by Scott Hunter, Unshackled Leadership

      Association News


      Winter 2015

      Profile: Automotive Insert Molding Drives Growth at Microplastics, Inc.
      by Dianna Brodine

      Preview: Make It Count at NPE2015
      by Plastics Business

      Industry: MAPP Survey Reports on 2015 Business Forecast
      by Plastics Business

      FOCUS: Change and Opportunity: Focus on Four Areas to Improve
      by Laurie Harbour, Harbour Results, Inc.

      The View from 30 Feet: Philosophy of Facility Size
      by Dianna Brodine

      The View from 30 Feet: Finding a Business Mentor
      by Jen Clark

      The View from 30 Feet: Using Video Mail for Customer Connections
      by Brittany Willes

      Production: Close the Loop: Take Control of Water Efficiency
      by Al Fosco, Frigel North America

      Outlook: Mobile Emissions and Fuel Economy Rev Up Lightweighting Initiatives
      by Suzanne Cole, Miller Cole LLC

      Solutions: Designing the Perfect SMED Cart
      by Dianna Brodine

      Association Development Provides Entrepreneurial Master Class
      by Dianna Brodine

      Association: Association News
      by MAPP, Inc.


      Fall 2014

      Profile: Employee-Focused, Employee-Owned at Hansen Plastics
      by Dianna Brodine

      Strategies: Elements of a Successful Training Program
      by Melissa DeDonder

      Production: Creating Ready-To-Go Molds
      by Gary Chastain, RJG, Inc.

      Review: Leadership Unleashed
      by Plastics Business

      Solutions: Planning for a Healthy Workforce
      by Jen Clark

      Focus: New Repair Regs Impact Property and Equipment Owners
      by Teri M. Samples and Michael J. Devereux II, Mueller Prost

      The View from 30 Feet: Patent Infringement
      by Jen Clark

      Industry: ICE Audits ‘Skyrocket’ with Form I-9 Violations on the Rise
      by Jen Clark

      Association News
      by MAPP, Inc.


      Summer 2014

      Profile: Bhar, Inc.: Driving its Own Recovery
      by Dianna Brodine

      Solutions: Plastics Bonding Design Considerations for Processors
      by Andrew Scott, Henkel Corporation

      Strategies: Sales Management: Growing with an Eye on “Fit”
      by Dianna Brodine

      Strategies: Goal Setting Tactics
      by Jack Daly

      Industry: Trends in Compensation and Operational Practices for Plastic Processors
      by Troy Nix, MAPP, Inc.

      The View from 30 Feet: Lockout/Tagout Procedures
      by Jen Clark

      Focus: Why Veterans are Ideal for Manufacturing Careers
      by Rodrigo Garcia, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs

      MAPP Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference
      by MAPP, Inc.

      Association News
      by MAPP, Inc.


      Spring 2014

      Profile: PTA Plastics: A Leading-Edge Product Laboratory
      by Dianna Brodine

      Strategy: OSHA Inspections: A Planning and Survival Guide
      by Felix C. “Pete” Wade

      Solutions: Maintenance 2015: Is Google Glass the Future?
      by Jeffrey Dutschke

      Industry: Could You be Uninsured, Underinsured – or Both?
      by Mitchell Gorham

      Focus: Flight Delay in Vegas
      by Dianna Brodine

      The View From 30 Feet: Cyber Fraud
      by Jen Clark

      Outlook: 3D Printing Changes the Production and Tool Build Models
      by Plastics Business

      MAPP Association News


      Winter 2014

      Profile: Fearless Manufacturing at Noble Plastics
      by Dianna Brodine

      Focus: Challenges for the Tooling Industry will Impact Processors
      by Laurie Harbour, Harbour Results

      Strategies: Benefits and Burdens of the Domestic Production Activities Deduction
      by Michael J. Devereux II, CPA, Mueller Prost PC

      Outlook: After Gridlock, Plastics Industry Looks to Federal Policy Modernization and Cutting Red Tape
      by William Carteaux, SPI

      Solutions: Why ERP Systems Fail to Perform
      by Glenn Nowak, IQMS

      Trends: MAPP Business Forecast Survey Shows Strong 12-Month Outlook
      by Troy Nix, MAPP

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: State of Alabama Recruits Manufacturing
      by Jen Clark

      Industry: Study Reveals Favorable Trends Impacting North American Processors
      by Ted Morgan, Plante Moran

      MAPP Association News
      by MAPP


      Fall 2013

      Profile: Rapid Growth, Rapid Change at Xten Industries
      by Dianna Brodine

      Review: Conference: Did You PUSH PLAY?
      by Plastics Business

      Focus: Robotics in Plastics Processing
      by Chris Parrillo

      Focus: The Truth About Robotics: Impact of Robotics on Employment
      excerpt from a white paper by Seegrid

      Solutions: Cleanroom Considerations
      by Ron Kosmalski

      Strategies: Marketing: The New Frontier
      by Dianna Brodine

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: Business Networking on LinkedIn
      by Matt Hlavin

      Management: In-Mold Label Market Study Assesses Industry
      by Plastics Business

      Association: MAPP Association News
      by MAPP


      Summer 2013

      Profile: An American-Made Story at Intertech Plastics
      by Dianna Brodine

      Trends: Bringing STEM to Local Schools
      by Dianna Brodine

      Trends: Advancing the STEM Agenda
      by Plastics Business

      Solutions: Simple Solutions with Auxiliary Equipment Solve Problems and Increase Productivity
      by Doug Brewster, The Conair Group

      Industry: Wage Survey Results Released for Plastics Processing Industry
      by Marcella Kates, MAPP, Inc.

      Strategies: Improving Machine and Process Efficiencies with Chemical Purge Compounds
      by Tony Schoendorff, Chem-Trend L.P.

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: Creating Accountable Teams
      by Plastics Business

      Management: The Real Truth about Safety: Creating a Culture of Buy-In
      by Garrison Wynn, CSP

      Association: MAPP Association News


      Spring 2013

      Profile: A Complete Circle at KW Container
      by Dianna Brodine

      Solutions: Mold Filling Simulation … Under Pressure
      by John Ralston, Beaumont Technologies, Inc.

      Trends: The Guiding Principles of Healthcare Reform
      by Plante Moran

      Industry: Intellectual Property Awareness Vital to Success in 3D Printing
      by Roger A. Gilcrest, Ice Miller LLP

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: Reducing the Maintenance Burden on Technicians at Blow Molded Specialties
      by Plastics Business

      Strategies: Medical Molding Benefits from Revalidation of Injection Molding Processes Using Universal Set-up Data
      by Bob Reese, RJG, Inc.

      Management: The Top 10 Plastics Training Mistakes
      by Craig Paulson, Paulson Training Programs

      Management: Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds for Busy Professionals
      by Chuck Zona, Hooke College of Applied Sciences

      Marketing: Get Involved in Your Community
      by Dianna Brodine

      MAPP Association News


      Winter 2013

      Profile: Falcon Plastics: Customer-Driven Growth Guides Expansion, Profitability
      by Dianna Brodine

      Solutions: Mold Cleaning Technologies Save Time, Money and Aggravation
      by Steve Johnson, ToolingDocs

      Trends: Material Trends to Watch
      by Adam J. Wozniak, AMCO Polymers LLC

      Strategies: Cliff Notes and Other Tax Changes
      by Michael J. Devereux II and Adam J. Herman, Mueller Prost PC

      Outlook: Planning for Profitability and Stability in 2013
      by Laurie Harbour, Harbour Results, Inc.

      Industry: 2013 Legislative Outlook
      by William R. Carteaux, SPI

      Production: Analysis of the Sales Management Process
      by Troy Nix, MAPP, Inc.

      MAPP: Association News
      by MAPP, Inc.

      Industry: FiberGraf Materials Launches New Website
      by Plastics Business


      Fall 2012

      Marketing: Barriers to Sustainability in Plastics-related Industries
      by Bonnie J. Bachman and Shristy Bashyal, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Margaret Baumann, GHA Associates

      Strategies: DOE Brings Benefits to Process Design
      by Perry Parendo, Perry’s Solutions, Inc.

      Profile: Indiana Rotomolding Capitalizes on Multiple Locations
      by Dianna Brodine

      Production: Pereles Brothers Joins Manufacturing Network
      by Jen Clark

      Focus: Plastikos Journeys Through ISO 14001 Certification
      by Melissa DeDonder

      Management: Waste Eradication Culture Starts with a Toilet Seat: A Conversation with Paul Akers
      by Dianna Brodine

      Solutions: Moving Beyond Traditional Mold Cleaning Methods
      by Steve Johnson, ToolingDocs LLC

      Trends: Why Plastic Flows Better in Aluminum Injection Molds
      by David Bank, Aluminum Injection Mold Co., Dave Klafhen, Advent Tool, Ron Smierciak, Alcoa Forged and Cast Products


      Summer 2012

      Spotlight: Disaster Recovery Plan, Business Interruption Insurance Avert Catastrophe for MAPP Member by Staff

      Profile: HK Plastics Engineering Designs its Own Competitive Advantage
      by Dianna Brodine

      Industry: Information Technology Benchmarks for Plastics Manufacturing Companies
      by Staff

      Strategies: Lights Out at Makuta Technics: Automation, Attitude Make High-Volume Unmanned Production Possible
      by Dianna Brodine

      Solutions: Process Enhancement Software Speeds Information-Gathering
      by Amy Bauer

      Focus: Product Development Pitfalls
      by Tony Parker, Avance LLC

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: Matrix Tooling, Inc. Works to Educate the Next Generation
      by Staff

      Marketing: Video Marketing for Manufacturers
      by Todd Schuett, Creative Technology Corporation


      Spring 2012

      Outlook: Dissecting Global Competition: Insights from the NAPIS
      by Jeff Mengel, Plante Moran

      Strategies: Incentivizing Employees for Productivity and Quality
      by Amy Bauer

      Management: Incorporating Sustainable Development Behavior into Supplier Selection
      by Larry Nitardy, ComAssist

      Trends: The Value of Value-Added Services
      by Dianna Brodine

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: MAPP Plant Tour Events Benefit Attendees and Host
      by Staff

      Profile: Training for Medical Excellence at Trademark Plastics
      by Dianna Brodine

      Solutions: Water Leaks are Money down the Drain
      by Steve Johnson, ToolingDocs LLC


      Winter 2012

      Solutions: Intellectual Property in Injection Molding Contract Terms and Conditions
      by Roger A. Gilcrest, Ice Miller, LLP

      Industry: Legislative Outlook 2012: Even in an Election Year, Plastics’ Progress Will Prevail on Federal Issues
      by William R. Carteaux

      Profile: Shifting Philosophies, Increasing Satisfaction at Currier Plastics
      by Dianna Brodine

      Trends: Additive Manufacturing Changes the Face of Molding
      by Staff

      Outlook: Plastics Industries Opportunities for 2012
      by Laurie Harbour and Scott Walton, Harbour Results, Inc.

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: Metro Plastics’ Incentive Plan for Key Employees
      by Staff

      Marketing: Three Responsibilities of Innovation
      by AJ Sweatt


      Fall 2011

      Strategies: Are You Neglecting Your Brand Touchpoints?
      by Teresa Schell, Strategic Marketing Partners, LLC

      Profile: Conquering Complexity at Plastikos
      by Dianna Brodine

      Solutions: In-line or Off-line Decorating: A 10-Step Analysis
      by Bob Coningsby, Apex Machine Company

      Results: Job Compensation Study Reveals Interesting Trends
      by Troy Nix

      Trends: Supply Chain: What You May Not be Thinking About
      by David Landsman, MFG.com

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: Industrial Mold & Machine’s iPads and Social Network
      by Staff

      Management: Understanding Workers Compensation: The Role of Frontline Management
      by William Wahoff, Scott, Scriven & Wahoff, LLP


      Summer 2011

      Industry: Assessing Sustainable Packaging through Life Cycle Analysis
      by Chandler Slavin, Sustainability Coordinator, Dordan Manufacturing Co. Inc.

      Solutions: Laboratory Services Important for Quality, R&D and Safety in the Plastics Industry
      by Chad Jones, Sherry Laboratories

      Strategies: Medical Injection Molding: Is it the future for your molding operation?
      by David Lessard, Cook Polymer Technology

      Profile: Pollmann North America: Driving Business Forward with a Commitment to Automotive
      by Dianna Brodine

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: Plastic Components, Inc.’s Tool Crib System
      by Staff


      Spring 2011

      Solutions: Evaluating Your Mold Maintenance Direction
      by Steve Johnson, ToolingDocs

      Profile: Fast, Fluid and Flexible at Nicolet Plastics
      by Dianna Brodine

      Industry: GHS Bringing Changes to OSHA HazCom Standard
      by Glenn D. Trout, MSDSonline

      Strategies: Nanotechnology: Big Problems Come in Small Packages
      by Kevin Murch, SZD

      Trends: Polycarbonate and ABS Engineering Resins Markets See Global Tightening
      by Adrian Beale, CMAI

      Management: Succession Planning for Business Owners
      by Nichole Crawford, JD, LL.M, CLU, ChFC, CAP, Federated Insurance

      Production: The View from 30 Feet: SPI Industries and the Morning Huddle


      Winter 2011

      Profile: Eyes on the Future at i2tech
      by Dianna Brodine

      Solutions: Cost Savings Through Effective Purging
      by John Pizzo, Sun Plastech, Inc.

      Management: Examining Supplier Partnerships: Focus on Service, Knowledge
      by Staff

      Trends: Future Markets in Plastics: A Second Look
      by Dr. Peter Mooney, Plastics Custom Research Services

      Industry: Legislative Outlook: End of 2010 Provides Reasons for Optimism in 2011
      by William R. Carteaux, SPI

      Strategies: Plastics Processor Relative Value Drivers
      by Michael D. Benson and David M. Evatz, SRR


      Fall 2010

      Solutions: IML Solutions – Five Experts Share Advice
      by Renée Varella

      Profile: Lean and Green at DOREL Juvenile Group
      by Dianna Brodine

      Strategies: Program Launch Coordinator – The Strategic Link
      by Teresa Schell, Plastics Components, Inc.

      Industry: The Economy and Plastics Processors: Cultural Shift Remains Key to Survival
      by Laurie Harbour, Harbour Results, Inc.

      Management: Trade Show Exhibition Tips
      by Julie K. Buzbee


      Summer 2010

      Bonus Content: Closed-Loop Process Cooling Independent Case Study: Energy, Operations and Other Resources
      by Gerald Church, UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center and Glen La Palme, PL Energy LLC

      Energy Savings: Evaluating Energy Consumption of Molding Machines: What Have We Learned in 40 Years?
      by Mark Elsass, Cincinnati Milacron

      Energy Savings: Going Green with Purging Compounds
      by Andrew Reeder, Moulds Plus International

      Energy Savings: Process Cooling: Optimize Plant Processes and Drive Down Costs
      by Lou Zavala, Frigel

      Industry: Recruiting Youth to Manufacturing: Addressing the Aging Workforce in Plastics Processing
      by Dianna Brodine

      Energy Savings: Saving Energy in Dryers, Material Handling, and Granulators
      by Doug Brewster, The Conair Group, Inc.

      Management: Timeline: Impact of Health Care Reform on Employers
      by Miranda Morgan and David Ball, SZD

      Strategies: Website: Hype? Or Hot Spot?
      by Mark Hanaway, Tech Molded Plastics, Inc.


      Spring 2010

      Focus: 2010 MAPP Engineering Services Report – Offering Engineering Services as a Fee for Service
      by Staff

      Profile: Changing the Mindset at DeKalb Molded Plastics
      by Dianna Brodine

      Management: Creating a Culture Focused on Wellness
      by Dianna Brodine

      Industry: State of the Plastics Industry – MAPP’s 1st Quarter Assessment
      by Staff

      Strategies: Tool Transfer Q&A
      by Mike Juda and Jerry Gorrell, Polymer Conversions, Inc.

      Trends: Trends in Enterprise Resource Planning Systems
      by Daniele Fresca, IQMS


      Winter 2010

      Management: Planning for Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
      by Dianna Brodine

      Trends: Plastics Markets: The Road Ahead
      by Dr. Peter Mooney

      Strategies: Pricing for Profitability: The Company with the Best Cost Accountant Wins
      by John L. Daly and Craig Carrel

      Industry: Priority Federal Legislative Issues in 2010
      by William R. Carteaux

      Profile: The Next Generation in Plastics Leadership
      by Dianna Brodine


      Fall 2009

      Profile: Transforming with the Times at Blow Molded Specialties
      by Dianna Brodine

      Focus: Permanent and Durable Decoration with IMD
      by David Coughlin and Dave Washburn, Industramark™, a Standard Register Business

      Strategies: Substantiating Research Tax Credits in Today’s Environment
      by Michael J. Devereux II and Adam J. Herman, CPA/ABV/CFF, CVA, ASA

      Production: The Importance of Mold Design to Productivity
      by John E. Haley, AQA Corp.

      Trends: The Pros and Cons of Reusable Containers
      by Thomas R. Cutler, TR Cutler, Inc.


      Spring 2009

      Profile: ATEK Plastics: Bringing Its A-Team to the Molding Game
      by Dianna Brodine

      Production: Investing in Energy-Saving Improvements
      by Ryan Thompson, Murphy Company

      Focus: Modular Molds Contribute to Lean Manufacturing Success
      by Ken Jenkins, Pleasant Precision, Inc.

      Strategies: Terms and Conditions: Contracting for Economic Certainty
      by Josef Keglewitsch and Laura Hult, Schottenstein Zox & Dunn Co., L.P.A.

      Production: Using Purging Compound to Streamline Production Costs and Reduce Waste
      by John Pizzo, Sun Plastech Inc.


      Winter 2009

      Applying Viral Marketing to Your Business
      by Dianna Brodine

      CPSIA and the Green Chemistry Initiative – Recent Environmental Regulations Affecting the Plastics Molding Industry
      by Dianna Brodine

      Dymotek: Setting a Safe Course Through Rough Economic Waters
      by Dianna Brodine

      Economic Outlook and Trends
      by Jeff Mengel, Plante & Moran

      Let’s Go Viral! (But First, What Is It?)
      by T.J. Tedesco, Grow Sales, Inc.

      Optimizing Mold Performance and Maintenance Efficiency
      by Steve Johnson, Progressive Components

      Online-Only: Optimizing Mold Performance and Maintenance Efficiency: Part II
      by Steven Johnson


      Fall 2008

      Profile: C&J Industries: Dedicated to Education. Molding the Future
      by Dianna Brodine

      Production: Real-Time Shop Floor Integration: The Right ERP System Can Make It Happen
      by Excerpts from a Technical White Paper by IQMS

      Strategies: Reducing Workers Compensation Claims: Solutions From Plastics Processors
      by Staff

      Focus: Today’s Raw Material Market: Outlook and Opportunities
      by Mike Bradley and Scott Horn, PolyOne Distribution


      Summer 2008

      Industry: Finding the Right Moldmaker

      Profile: Ironwood Plastics Declares, “Challenge Us!”
      by Dianna Brodine

      Strategies: Over 12,000 Companies a Month Search the Internet for Injection Molding

      Q&A: Resin Purchasing Strategies


      Spring 2008

      Production: A Continuous Improvement Idea: Update Your Costing and Quoting Process
      by Tim Lewis

      Profile: PRD, Inc.: Remaining Agile in a Changing Market
      by Dianna Brodine

      Strategies: We Don’t Need to Assess Our Operations – We Are Doing Great!
      by Laurie Harbour-Felax


      Winter 2008

      Strategies: Flying Blind? Defining Cost Drivers Leads to Success
      by Jeff Mengel

      Focus: Focus on Efficient Operations

      Industry: MAPP Report: 2007 Raw Materials Survey

      Profile: TEAM 1 Michigan: Forward Thinking for Upward Growth


      Fall 2007

      Industry: The True Cost of Doing Business in China
      by Kym Conis

      Strategies: To Decorate or Not to Decorate – That is the Question!
      by Jeff Peterson

      Profile: World Class Plastics: Simplicity Equals Success
      by Dianna Bodine


      Summer 2007

      Profile: Modern Day Midas: Changing Metal to Plastic at Thogus Products Company
      by Dianna Brodine

      Focus: Q&A: Recycling


      Spring 2007

      Industry: Best Practices for Implementing and Utilizing a Standards-based QMS
      by Lee Pfennigwerth, SRI Quality System Registrar

      Success: Fremont Plastics: Competing One Detail at a Time
      by Kym Conis

      Profile: Polymer Conversions, Inc.: Better Well Done, Than Well Said
      by Dianna Brodine

      Strategies: Understanding and Benefiting from Service Agreements
      by Christopher Kleck, President, Pro Plastics Sales & Service, Inc.


      Winter 2007

      Focus: Are You Ready For RFID?
      by Al Wilson

      Special Report: Metro Plastics Technologies – The Emphasis is on Solutions
      by Kym Conis

      Strategies: New Technology Brings Supplier and Buyer Together
      by Mary Napier

      Production: The Future of Automation
      by John Tite

      Management: What You Should Know about Life Settlements 
      by Leo LaGrotte


      Summer 2006

      Strategies: Building Your Pentad for Partnering Success 
      by Ed Rigsbee, CSP

      Focus: Customized Solutions in Auxiliary Equipment Provide Maximum Efficiencies
      by Staff

      Management: Inject Cash Into Your Bottom Line with the Research and Experimentation (R&E) Tax Credit
      by Adam J. Herman, CPA/ABV, CVA, ASA and Michael J. Devereux II

      Production: Lean Manufacturing or Operations Transformation … Which is it?
      by Laurie Harbour-Felax, ASG Renaissance

      Profile: Plastic Components, Inc.: Making the Customer Part of the Equation
      by Dianna Brodine

      Association: Training System Creates Advantages for Plastics Processors
      by Staff


      Spring 2006

      Buyers Report: ERP Software Applications: What Can ERP Systems Do for Your Business?
      by Staff

      Production: Turning Your Plastics Processing Facility Into a Profit Center
      by Richard W. Sievert

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