MAPP Brings Together Industry’s Up-and-Coming Leaders

In mid-July, MAPP announced its newest initiative to connect the plastics industry’s young professionals: MAPP Young Professionals Advisory Network. This group was created to offer professionals under the age of 40 the opportunity to network with peers, learn about committee and board service, gain leadership experience, contribute to MAPP’s mission and impact the plastics industry. This group is open to any young professional currently employed by a MAPP member organization. MAPP’s Young Professionals Advisory Network will have its first event during a preconference session on Oct. 11, 2017, at the 2017 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference. For more information about this network, contact Ashley Burleson at

2017 Machine Rate Report Released

Every two years, MAPP releases its Machine Rate Report. The 2017 report represents inputs by nearly 200 different plastics processing organizations. This report offers general benchmarks for machine rates and current capacity utilization of distinct tonnage ranges. Both loaded machine rate and machine rate without operator are captured in this industry benchmarking effort. For the first time, MAPP is offering customized reports to all members that supply information for this benchmarking report. To learn more or to purchase the full report, visit

2017 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference

Join more than 600 processors this Oct. 11 through 13 in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference. This year’s theme – AN UNCHARTED JOURNEY – is designed to inspire, motivate and educate processors on how to positively influence the people around them. The conference will bring operational best practices, leadership strategies, superior networking, financial benchmarks and more to attendees. You don’t want to miss the largest processor-driven event of the year! Register now at

MAPP Benchmarks Disaster Recovery and Business Continuation Plans

Mother Nature can strike at any time – and plastics companies need to have a plan in place should a disaster occur. To assist MAPP members in preparing disaster recovery plans, MAPP asked members to submit their current Disaster Recovery or Business Continuation Plans. These plans have been scrubbed of company-identifying information and then compiled into one document. Accompanied by a foreword from Federated Insurance on best practices in creating these plans, this benchmarking handbook allows members to create or update their current plans and keep their businesses safe. More information on this benchmarking activity can be found at

Welcome New MAPP Members

MAPP would like to welcome the following organizations to MAPP’s growing community of members:

  • CMG Plastics, Somerville, New Jersey
  • Donnelly Custom Manufacturing Co., Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Epic Polymer Solutions, LLC, Northborough, Massachusetts
  • Harmony Systems and Service, Piqua, Ohio
  • PlastiPak, Plymouth, Michigan
  • PM Plastics, Pewaukee, Wisconsin
  • Polymer Molding Inc., Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Semco Plastics Company, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Venture Precision Tool, Inc., Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
  • Wilbert Plastic Services, Belmont, North Carolina
  • Windsor Mold Group, Bellevue, Ohio

MAPP Offers Additional Cost-Reduction Program

For more than 25 years, Foster Corporation has been serving medical device manufacturers with industry leading technology and service in custom biomedical polymer compounding. Within two ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, Foster offers expert formulation development and production of polymer enhancements including radiopaque fillers, custom colors and other specialty additives. Foster Corporation offers MAPP Members a one-time credit of $500 on any one order of Foster’s currently stocked resins equal to or exceeding $1,500.

MAPP Wage and Salary Study Now Open

MAPP is currently collecting responses to its annual Wage and Salary Study. Now in its 15th year, MAPP’s Wage and Salary report has become one of the most widely recognized industry benchmarks on compensation in the United States plastics industry. The 2017 final report will provide information on more than 55 different job titles in the plastics industry and include benchmarks on starting and average wages, wage ranges for each job category, average tenure, salary trends and statistical analysis of specific job titles. In addition, MAPP’s Wage and Salary Committee has expanded this survey in order to collect information on operational policies and procedures for the purpose of broadening the impact of the final report. Members responding to this survey will receive the results via email free of charge. Nonmember participants in the survey will be able to purchase the report at 50 percent off the list price. The final report will be available for purchase for non-participants in early October. To participate, visit