Manufacturers Association of Plastics Processors

Peer Networking Webinar Scheduled for May 30

Do you have questions you wish you could ask your peers in similar job areas? What if you could get those questions answered from the comfort of your office?

The power of the MAPP organization is at its highest when members are helping members. MAPP has peer-networking webinars every six weeks. The next peer networking webinar will take place on May 30. These groups consist of member professionals who work in common positions such as Human Resources, Purchasing or Operations.

The purpose of peer networking is to bring together staff level professionals responsible for similar business areas to discuss the key issues they face. MAPP’s leadership team hopes to eliminate the idea of “reinventing the wheel” through these types of exchanges as learning from one another is one of the best professional development tools!

Register now for the next peer networking opportunity at

Save the Date: Benchmarking Conference

Mark your calendars today to attend the most valuable processor-focused event in the industry – the MAPP Benchmarking & Best Practices Conference – on Oct. 16-17 in Indianapolis, IN.

Register now to gain access to Keynote Speaker Jack Daly, networking opportunities, industry connections, processor-focused breakout sessions, benchmarking data, operational best practices and much more.

The Early Bird registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 8. For more information and to register, visit

Save on Shipping – A New Member Benefit

MAPP members who enroll in the MAPP Shipping Program can save substantial dollars on shipping small packages with FedEx® or LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments – inbound, outbound, small, large and tradeshow.

MAPP is pleased and excited to announce an endorsed member benefit – the MAPP Shipping Program. Through MAPP’s agreement with PartnerShip®, MAPP members who enroll save substantial dollars on shipping small packages with FedEx® or LTL (less-than-truckload) shipments – inbound, outbound, small, large and tradeshow.

Enroll in the MAPP Shipping Program and save on select FedEx® services for all express packages, ground packages and small-package residential delivery services.

  • Save up to 29 percent* on select FedEx Express® services.
  • Save up to 20 percent on select FedEx Ground® services.
  • Save up to 10 percent on select FedEx Home Delivery® services.

Members also save on LTL freight shipments arranged through PartnerShip with leading national and regional freight carriers; plus, receive special pricing on tradeshow shipments.

  • Save at least 70 percent on LTL freight shipments.
  • Special tradeshow shipment pricing is available at

If you already use FedEx, your existing FedEx account automatically will be linked to the new discount program. All MAPP members also can benefit from the PartnerShip Inbound Shipping Management tools, which help members save on every shipment received from suppliers. Inbound or outbound, small or large shipments – you save with the MAPP Shipping Program.

Visit for complete information and to enroll in the MAPP Shipping Program. This program is free, with no obligations and no minimum shipping requirements.

*This includes a bonus five-percent online processing discount. Full details are available at

Wage and Salary Survey Launching in June

MAPP is pleased to announce the launching of the Wage and Salary Survey for 2014. Look for this popular survey to arrive in your email inbox at the beginning of June. Members who participate will enjoy a low-cost report.

This report will consist of a comprehensive analysis of well over 50 different job classifications from plastics manufacturing companies that serve a variety of end-use markets. This report will be compiled from plastics manufacturers across the country and is one of the very few reports of its kind, completely devoted to the polymer manufacturing industry.

MAPP Announces the Addition of Two New Staff Members

MAPP recently hired Dustin McKissen as its managing director.

MAPP has recently hired Dustin McKissen as its managing director. “I’m excited to join the team of such a thriving, innovative association and to be part of an industry that touches everyone’s daily life in so many ways,” McKissen said. “MAPP is on a growth curve that other associations would envy, and I look forward to doing what I can to contribute to that continued growth.” McKissen has previously served as the executive director of two associations – National Association for Information Destruction and the National Christmas Tree Association. To get in touch with McKissen, email

MAPP has brought on Letha Keslar as the conference and corporate sponsorships director.

In addition, MAPP has brought on Letha Keslar as the conference and corporate sponsorships director. Keslar has 15 years of fundraising and special event experience. “I am excited to learn about our members, sponsors and the plastics industry as a whole, and to put my experience to work, especially at the Benchmarking Conference in October!” To get in touch with Keslar, email

Nicolet Plastics Plant Tour Dates

Save the date for the next MAPP Plant Tour Event at Nicolet Plastics on July 23-24. Watch the MAPP website – – for more information on how to register.