MAPP Announces All 2019 Plant Tours

MAPP is excited to announce all plant tour events for MAPP members in 2019. Plant tours are key events for MAPP members, giving them the opportunity to visit other member facilities. During these events, dozens of plastics professionals come together, view all aspects of the host organization (from production to HR to quality to warehouse), benchmark best practices, share important strategic insights and network with other members. MAPP offers these events to all processors, along with specialty plant tours for the industry’s young professionals. Listed below are the upcoming 2019 MAPP Plant Tour events:

MAPP Plant Tours
March 27, Intralox – Hammond, Louisiana
May 16, Natech Plastics – Ronkonkoma, New York
August 8, Vital Plastics – Baldwin, Wisconsin

MAPP Plant Tours for Young Professionals
February 21, Intertech Medical – Denver, Colorado
July 25, Dymotek – Ellington, Connecticut
November 14, RJG – Traverse City, Michigan

Learn more about these upcoming events and register:

2019 State of the Industry Report Now Available – With New Features

Association Industry reportThe 2019 State of the Plastics Industry now is available for purchase on the MAPP website. This 56-page report details more than three dozen economic indicators covering 2018 industry performance and 2019 plastics industry forecasts. With input from nearly 200 plastics companies across the country, this annual report – now in its 19th year – analyzes historic and current trends to give plastics executives a closer look at how the plastics industry will perform over the next 12 months. Trend and forecast information in this report includes customer diversity and demographics, industry segment forecast, executive challenges, sales, quoting, backlog, inventory, shipments, off-shoring, customer demands, raw material pricing, employment levels, capital expenditures and profitability.

New this year is the 2019 State of the Plastics Industry Discussion Guide. This guide was developed to help executives share the data included in this report and facilitate productive conversations about the state of the industry and its impact on their organizations.

The 2019 State of the Plastics Industry Report and the Discussion Guide are available for purchase on the MAPP website:

MAPP Welcomes New Members

MAPP is proud to welcome the following plastics organizations into the MAPP network:

  • ALPLA Inc., McDonough, Georgia
  • AMA Plastics, Riverside, California
  • AMS Plastics, El Cajon, California
  • Elite Plastic Products, Inc., Shelby Township, Michigan
  • Integrity Mold, Inc., Tempe, Arizona
  • MRPC, Butler, Wisconsin
  • Piolax, Canton, Georgia
  • Plaspros Inc., McHenry, Illinois
  • Plastic Molded Concepts, Inc., Eagle, Wisconsin
  • Reliable Caps, LLC, Olathe, Kansas
  • Royal Plastics, Mentor, Ohio
  • Selmax Corp., Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
  • Tripak Industrial USA LLC, White Plains, New York
  • West Michigan Molding Inc., Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Westec Plastics, Livermore, California

Processors Connect Virtually to Solve Problems
(Forum and Peer Networking)

Networking and connecting plastics professionals are fundamental elements of the MAPP organization. To help aid this critical mission, MAPP offers opportunities for MAPP members to connect via online platforms for the purposes of benchmarking, networking and solving problems. Two key resources offered to plastics companies through MAPP are the peer networking calls and the MAPP Member Forum.

Peer Networking Calls

  • Already in 2019, MAPP has hosted four Peer Networking Calls for Human Resources Professionals, IQMS Users, Presidents and Owners, and those utilizing Industry 4.0.
  • Peer Networking Calls are members-only opportunities for professionals in common positions to connect with peers. These online peer roundtables occur every six to eight weeks. This webinar exchange offers a platform to discuss new and more efficient ways of doing business, by way of virtual connection right from participants’ desks. Attendees will have access to new ideas, expand their professional networks and explore methods of improvement.

Members can register for upcoming calls:

MAPP Member Forum

The MAPP Member Forum is a digital forum on the MAPP website, available 24/7 to plastics companies in the MAPP network. Anyone from a MAPP member company can visit the forum, post a question and receive feedback from others who have answers. Forum topics that already have been solved in 2019 include obsolete tool disposal, mold condition standards, safety best practices, hearing protection, press rates and 4Dx scoreboard, to name a few.

Visit the forum:

Save the Date: 2019 Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit

EHS SummitSave the date for the annual Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit, July 17 through 18, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. This is a unique event focused on helping manufacturers achieve world-class safety standards. The annual EHS Summit will provide safety professionals with implementable ideas they can take back to their facilities. This event is designed to facilitate best practice sharing, build leadership skills and give attendees practical and innovative solutions to their largest safety challenges.

Learn more and register:

MAPP’s Newest Event for Up-and-Coming Leaders: 2019 Leadership Experience

April 24-26, 2019 | Louisville, Kentucky

2019 Leadership ExperienceFor the first time, MAPP is hosting an event that provides a unique opportunity for young professionals to develop their leadership skills at the 2019 Leadership Experience. This program, brought to the industry by MAPP’s Young Professionals Network, was designed to allow the next generation of industry leaders to commit to growing their overall leadership potential. The program begins with a two-day, intensive kick-off event April 24 through 26 in Louisville, Kentucky, and will continue throughout the remainder of 2019.

The Leadership Experience curriculum was developed with the understanding that leadership is a hard skill, does not happen in a vacuum and needs to be practiced. The curriculum is intended to build understanding and skills across four main areas necessary for successful leaders. For each of the development domains, attendees will be provided with the core frameworks, principles, techniques and practices to build knowledge and skill.

To view the curriculum, agenda and register:

Plastics Companies Share Performance Appraisals

As part of MAPP’s 2019 benchmarking initiatives, MAPP developed the 2019 Performance Reviews and Appraisals Report. MAPP members were asked to share how their companies utilize employee performance appraisals, as well as copies of performance reviews. The final report includes data from dozens of plastics processors and examines the practices and processes associated with these reviews. Additionally, the report includes more than 30 real-world examples of performance appraisals and reviews used by plastics companies across the United States.

This report can be purchased on the MAPP website: