Obituary: Plastics News Reporter Bill Breger

Plastics Business sends sincere condolences to our industry colleagues at Plastics News. Although our publications are competitive, the plastics industry is small, and Bregar will be missed by all.

Bill Bregar, who spent 31 years reporting on the plastics industry, died April 5 of an apparent heart attack at age 58. Bregar was a plastics industry star, known for his extensive industry knowledge and long list of sources and friends.

He joined Plastics News as a staff reporter shortly before the publication’s launch in 1989. His beats changed a few times, but Bregar is best known for his years of experience covering plastics machinery. Initially he covered building and construction, and he has long been one of the publication’s experts on injection molding, thermoforming and rotational molding. He was promoted to senior reporter in 1996.

He has been honored numerous times for reporting and writing excellence, with awards from organizations including the American Society of Business Publication Editors, the Press Club of Cleveland and the Detroit Society of Professional Journalists. One recent story, a feature on Procter & Gamble’s Imflux molding technology, won both SPJ and Azbee honors.

Bregar wrote the popular Heavy Metal blog on, where he wrote about machinery and workforce issues, and personal experiences. He also wrote a monthly column on best practices.

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