• Sustainability

      A Look at PLASTICS Recycling Open House 2022

      PLASTICS recently hosted a compelling annual, open-to-the-public virtual event—the PLASTICS Recycling Open House. Eight organizations joined PLASTICS in sharing their latest initiatives and innovations to improve recycling and recycling rates.
    • Future Leaders

      Bringing Members into the Fold

      Not everyone is lucky enough to find a job that perfectly matches their disposition, but Katie Prezzi did—at the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), where her title is Member Relations Associate. Katie works with member company representatives to help them get their companies into conversations they want to part of and access the full benefits of PLASTICS membership.
    • Future Leaders

      Seeking a Job and Discovering Plastics

      Ryan Miller left Penn State in 2012 with excellent training in Finance and Economics. But like most people, he didn’t learn a whole lot about plastics. Little did he know that his search for a job would lead to Ultra-Poly Corp., the world of recycling, and a Business Development Associate’s position that would prove quite an adventure.
    • Industry News

      Plastics Manufacturing Up in July

      While the first six months of 2022 brought economic contraction causing production to move sideways from February to June, U.S. plastics product manufacturing advanced to a good second-half start. The 1.2% increase in plastic production exhibited in July was an improvement—6.3% higher than a year earlier and higher than the 3.2% increase in U.S. total manufacturing.
    • Future Leaders

      Industry Pride and a Focus on the Future

      Sebastian Lange is very proud of supporting his family as vice president of the Film Division at Brueckner Group USA. In fact, his pride has continually increased over the years to a point where he no longer feels the need to be defensive when people criticize plastic.
    • Industry News

      Halftime Report: Putting 2022 GDP Numbers in Perspective

      Recession or not a recession? Call it what you want, but U.S. economic output, measured by gross domestic product (GDP), adjusted for inflation, decreased in the first half of 2022. In Q1 2022, the U.S. real GDP fell by 1.6%. Based on the advance estimate released today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. economy continued to contract in Q2 2022 - falling by 0.9%. What is the impact of the economic slowdown in the first half of 2022 on the plastics industry? Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) data can offer clues.