Manufacturers Association of Plastics Processors

Congratulations to 15-Year MAPP Members!

MAPP’s 15-Year members include (l to r) Chuck Morgan, Conair; Roger Smallwood, Southern Indiana Plastics; Eddie Knapp, Pioneer Plastics; Rick Smith, Parish Manufacturing and Roger Williams, Royer Corp. Executive Director Troy Nix acknowledged these members at the MAPP Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

Congratulations to the following members for their 15-year tenure as MAPP members. The MAPP leadership team and Board of Directors appreciate you!

  • Southern Indiana Plastics, Inc.
  • Conair
  • HB Molding, Inc.
  • Innovative Plastics, Inc.
  • KEY Manufacturing
  • Parish Manufacturing
  • Pioneer Plastics, Inc.
  • Royer Corporation

Where is the Plastics Industry Headed in 2015?

MAPP now is conducting its annual State of the Plastics Industry survey and invites senior executives in the plastics manufacturing sector to take part. Covering 2015 labor and sales forecasts, along with the most recent 12-month performance numbers, executives completing this survey will receive the latest information on reshoring, raw material cost trends, employment trends, capital expenditure forecasts, quoting, production tooling trends, how the industry is viewing profitability and more. Those wanting this valuable information should immediately visit MAPP’s website at and access the survey to provide data. Results of the survey will be provided electronically to all participants in January.

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel – Peer Networking Makes Your Job Easier

Ever wish you could ask somebody in a similar job function in another company how they address certain issues, approach specific challenges or accomplish certain tasks? Wouldn’t it be nice if you were an HR manager and had the chance to ask other HR managers how they have improved attendance and overall morale for their employees? If you were responsible for your company’s sales and/or marketing strategy, wouldn’t it be valuable to learn from other professionals sharing your job function what they have done to positive impact their own trends? And, would you like to do all of this in the comfort of your own office?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the only thing you have to do is dial a phone number in order to access MAPP’s Peer Networking webinars. These information-sharing events take place every six to eight weeks for professionals in sales and marketing, human resources and senior management positions. To participate in the next Peer Networking opportunity, visit the calendar of events at and register today!

MAPP Expands – Nears 350 Members

The state of the business report, delivered by Executive Director Troy Nix during MAPP’s October 2014 annual meeting, showcased substantial expansion of the association’s membership base over the last 18 months. “The community of plastics processors is growing rapidly, and our Board of Directors is focused on attracting quality businesses led by those who want to improve, benchmark and share,” stated Nix in his opening address. MAPP now has well in excess of 300 members and is focused on growing linkages between current members. MAPP’s leadership team welcomes the following new members:

Hunter Douglas Plastics and Die Casting Center, KY
Intec Group, IL
Centro Incorporated, IA
Bender Products Inc., IN
M-Tek, Inc., TN
ERB Industries, Inc., GA
American Cord and Webbing, Inc., RI
Pliant Plastics Corporation, MI
Wright Plastic Products LLC, MI
Sare Plastics, OH
Matrix Tool, Inc., PA
Comar, Inc., NJ
Stoneridge, Inc., OH
National Molding LLC, FL

Grainger Show 2015 Offers MAPP Members Exclusive Opportunity

MAPP Member executives interested in reducing and eliminating costs associated with MRO purchases have an exclusive opportunity to attend the Grainger Show at the Orange County Convention Center from February 15-17 2015. By invitation only, MAPP Members who are interested in learning how to better purchase supplies, reduce carrying cost and find resources to better manage the overall supply chain may attend the event.

For MAPP Members who qualify to attend the show, Grainger will cover the expenses of travel, lodging, transportation and meals for the meeting. Limitations may apply, so MAPP Member professionals interested in attending the 2015 Grainger Show must immediately contact Marcella Kates at MAPP headquarters at 317.913.2440 to apply.

MAPP Members Gain Access to Best-in-Class Molder – Team 1 Plastics Tour Event, March 2015

MAPP’s leadership team will continue its ninth consecutive year of the plant tour series by providing an up close and personal look at Albion, MI-based Team 1 Plastics. Known for its quality, innovativeness, agility and reliability, Team 1 is a leading automotive supplier that puts its people at the forefront of its business model. As a company 100-percent dedicated to the growth and development of its employees, Team 1 recently celebrated 5,000 days without a lost-time accident.

Functioning in a true open book management culture, Team 1 Plastics employees are financial stewards of the business and fully integrate the use of an activity-based costing system that is revolutionizing the way the company wins new business opportunities.

MAPP Members attending this event will have the opportunity to examine the production floor and business operations of Team 1 Plastics and will gain a better understanding of how the company has successfully transformed its culture of safety, management style and employee engagement to world-class levels. MAPP Member executives wishing to attend this event are encouraged to register now by visiting Seats are limited and going fast.

Update from the Board of Directors

MAPP was created over 18 years ago by a group of committed industry leaders who wanted to help plastic processors stay competitive in an ever-changing plastics marketplace… by processors, for processors. Our present Board of Directors carries that same mission and spirit on today.

First, we would like to thank our retiring board members. MAPP has had the benefit of their expertise, support and dedication for varying amounts of time, and we appreciate their time and energy to support our organization. Their guidance has shaped MAPP to what it is today! Thank you to the following members leaving the board:

  • Matt Groleau, RJG, Inc.
  • John Passanisi, PRD, Inc.
  • Roger Williams, Royer Corporation
  • Rick Walters, DeKALB Molded Plastics
  • Scott Titzer, Infinity Molding and Assembly, Inc.

In addition, MAPP is very excited to announce addition of new board members who bring additional skills, knowledge and energy to our amazing Board of Directors. These include the following individuals:

  • Craig Carrel, Team 1 Plastics, Inc.
  • Ryan Richey, Precision Plastics, Inc.
  • Tom Tredway, Erie Molded Plastics, Inc.
  • Teresa Schell, Vive LLC

Finally, we are very appreciative of the standing board members who continue to commit their time, expertise, wisdom and strength to our organization and the members we serve. MAPP is recognized as an organization of professional excellence, which is a direct reflection of the leadership of our board. Thank you for your continued support!