MAPP Continues to Excel in Industry Benchmarking Initiatives

As the industry leader in providing meaningful and relevant industry data, MAPP continues to produce and publish benchmarking reports for industry executives. All benchmarking opportunities are driven by MAPP member organizations, and new benchmarking studies are added throughout the year. Benchmarking reports are available for purchase on the MAPP website at

  • KPI Boards
    MAPP recently completed its collection benchmarking activity of Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Boards. This benchmarking document includes 18 sample KPI boards submitted by MAPP member organizations. MAPP members shared visuals along with descriptions of the KPI boards their organizations use to share and disseminate important data and information to employees and management.
  • Health and Benefits Report
    Health and Benefits ReportMAPP, in conjunction with the Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM), recently published its 2019 Health and Benefits Report. This report includes inputs from nearly 200 manufacturers across 33 states. The 2019 report includes a deep dive into company health insurance plans, premiums, participation rates, ancillary benefits and retirement programs offered by manufacturers.

The following studies already are scheduled for 2019, and others may be added based on industry needs and demands.

  • Machine Rate
  • Sales Best Practices
  • Program Launch
  • Wage and Salary
  • Information Technology

Spotlight on Safety

2019 Safety Best Practices Awards
MAPP now is accepting submissions for the 2019 Safety Best Practices Awards. Two years ago, MAPP introduced its “Best Practices” Awards Series by presenting a functional area award to deserving MAPP member organizations. This year’s award seeks to celebrate, recognize and share best practices in safety from MAPP members. Submissions should share a company’s best practice in safety and answer the question, “How are you, your team and/or your organization safer today than you were one year ago because of this best practice?”

Submissions for this year’s Safety Award generally should align with at least one of the following topics: employee safety training, safety committees, safety audits/walk-throughs, emergency training, behavior-based safety, tracking/displaying safety metrics, equipment and mold change safety, safety communication or other innovative facility safety best practices. Submissions are due by May 31. To learn more or enter a submission, visit

2019 Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Summit, July 17-18. Columbus, Ohio
The annual Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit will be July 17 and 18. This is a unique event focused on helping manufacturing achieve world-class safety by providing 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. Visit to learn more about this event and to register.

MAPP Welcomes New Members

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

  • Amaray Plastics – Pittsfi eld, Massachusetts
  • Buckhorn, Inc. – Milford, Ohio
  • Dynamic Group, Inc. – Ramsey, Minnesota
  • Formula Plastics, Inc. – Tecate, California
  • Four Process, LTD – Fenton, Missouri
  • Georg Fischer Harvel – Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Letica Corp. – Rochester, Michigan
  • N-K Manufacturing Technologies LLC – Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Rapid Production Tooling – Berthoud, Colorado
  • Stone Plastics – Zeeland, Michigan

Industry Leaders Gather for First Healthcare Purchasing Coalition Meeting

caduceusAt the 2018 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, MAPP unveiled its plans to offer a healthcare coalition to help member companies save on health insurance costs and improve their offerings to employees. On April 9, 2019, industry leaders gathered for the first time to learn more about the First Resource Healthcare Purchasing Coalition. During this six-hour session, member organizations heard about the current state of health insurance, how the coalition operates, the benefits of joining the coalition and how it can help both their organization and their employees. Organizations in attendance have already begun the process of becoming part of this healthcare offering that is exclusive to MAPP member organizations. Those interested in learning more about the First Resource Healthcare Purchasing Coalition should visit or email

New Offerings Exclusive to MAPP Members

chem-pak, inc.Chem-Pak
In the plastics industry, it’s common for molded parts to have defects, detracting from the quality of the part. Manufacturing imperfections – such as knit lines, flow lines and gloss imperfections – result in rejected parts, increased scrap rates and rework. Part rejection is both expensive and time-consuming, but with Per-Fix® fl aw repair coatings, processors now have the choice of permanently restoring the part to perfect condition in less than 30 seconds. Additionally, Chem-Pak makes Contract Aerosol and Liquid Packaging. Chem-Pak makes it easy for processors to formulate, test and package unique products. Its facility is equipped to meet specs, on time and budget. Chem-Pak offers all MAPP Members a 10% discount off product purchases, plus free lab services on all color matching.

Plastics and rubber manufacturers face increasing demands for improved quality, efficiency, on-time delivery, pricing and cost control, as well as increased growth and demand of products across all markets. As a result, manufacturers are looking for better ways to manage raw materials, improve production efficiency, tighten delivery schedules and increase profits. Epicor for Rubber and Plastics provides proven enterprise resource planning (ERP) and manufacturing execution system (MES) software solutions to help meet the unique challenges of manufacturing businesses that focus on injection molding, thermal forming, extrusion and similar complex manufacturing capabilities. Epicor solutions are available in the cloud or on premises.

Current Epicor customers: 15% discount on additional software products; Free cloud-readiness assessment, $500 off two-day refresher training course New Epicor customers: 15% discount on software; 15% discount on MES hardware; Free cloud-readiness assessment; Premium maintenance – two free consulting days annually and option for pre-paid services at $25/hr discount.