MAPP Launches Inaugural Terms and Conditions Survey

As part of a continuous process to offer MAPP members industry-specific information and benchmarks, MAPP developed and launched its newest survey: Terms and Conditions.

Purpose: The survey and subsequent report will serve as a means to collect and benchmark information regarding customer concentration and terms of sale to large customers in the plastics manufacturing industry.

The survey, which was sent to more than 300 plastics industry executives, is the first of its kind for plastic industry-specific terms and conditions benchmarking. The responses from this survey will be collected and analyzed by MAPP’s executive team, and a report consisting of aggregated data will be available in mid-May on the MAPP website.

Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit

The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit will be June 9-10 in Columbus, Ohio. The EHS Summit is designed to share best leadership and safety practices with industry professionals hoping to achieve world-class EHS performance within their companies. Attendees’ experience will center on best practices in environment, health and safety, along with becoming a better leader. This year’s summit will showcase keynote speakers and safety-focused breakout sessions, which could include topics such as safety and risk management; compliance and safety technology; evacuation plans; SDS labels; OSHA Slips, Trips and Falls (Walking and Working Surfaces); near misses; and workplace violence training (presentation from the former assistant director of the FBI).

The EHS Summit promises to provide high-level EHS professionals with implementable ideas, which can be taken back to their facilities to immediately improve their operations and achieve world-class safety. To register, visit

MAPP Offers Additional ROI Opportunities

Driven to continually offer its membership opportunities for both business and professional growth and development, alongside cost-saving programs, MAPP has developed additional cost-savings opportunities with two key sponsors: Aurora Plastics and Plante Moran.

Aurora Plastics Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high-quality exterior weatherable rigid PVC, interior-grade rigid PVC, cellular PVC foam (AuroraLite™), injection molding (including PVC fitting compound) and extrusion compounds, and PVC/acrylic alloy cap stock (AuroraShield™), as well as custom and tolled compounds in both powder and pellet form.

Plante Moran is the nation’s 14th largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm, offering clients financial, human capital, operations improvement, strategic planning and wealth management services.

To find out more about the cost-reduction programs all MAPP corporate sponsors are offering exclusively to MAPP members, visit the Cost Reduction Programs page on

MAPP Welcomes New Members

Ironwood Industries, Inc., Libertyville, Illinois
Exide Technologies, Bainbridge, Pennsylvania
Precision Southeast, Inc., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Plastic Products Co., Inc., Lindstrom, Minnesota
Hayward Industries, Clemmons, North Carolina
Press-Seal Gasket Corp., Fort Wayne, Indiana
Meadowburke, Canby, Oregon
Koller Craft South, Gadsden, Alabama
Mars Petcare, Spring Hill, Tennessee

Members Share Employee Training and Development Strategies

In an effort to leverage the mutual knowledge of MAPP’s 350+ members, MAPP President Ben Harp published a call to action in the last issue of Plastics Business. Knowing the majority of plastics processing companies share the same struggle in regard to recruiting, training and engaging qualified, skilled and dedicated employees, he asked that MAPP members openly share their knowledge and experience.

Responding to the call to action, individuals in the MAPP network shared the training strategies that have worked well – and, those that have not. The results of this call to action are being compiled into a simple, yet thorough, document, which will be shared on the MAPP website in May. Watch for this document to find new ideas and energy that can be implemented into your company’s training process.

MAPP Staff Expands

As MAPP’s membership continues to grow and develop, so does the team at MAPP. MAPP is proud to announce the two latest additions to the MAPP staff: Ashley Turrell and Shelby Trusty.

Ashley Turrell joined the MAPP staff as the organizational support specialist in January. Turrell’s role will allow for deeper analysis of data, trends and reporting. Prior to joining the MAPP team, Turrell had extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, working with the Office of Veterans Affairs and a local charter school network.

Shelby Trusty is MAPP’s newest organizational support coordinator, functioning as the office manager, liaison and adviser to MAPP’s leadership team. This new role enhances customer service within the MAPP organization. Before joining the MAPP staff, Trusty gained association management experience by managing operations for the Indiana Beverage Licensing Association.