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      New Leaders for a New Era at PLASTICS

      On Tuesday evening, April 26th, the staff at PLASTICS received an email from Tad McGwire, Chair of the PLASTICS Board of Directors. In it, he announced that Matt Seaholm, VP of Government Affairs and Glenn Anderson, VP of Member Engagement, had been appointed by the board as the association’s new Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer.
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      Plastic Is the Right Choice...Again

      A recent article on the Industrial Equipment News website highlights yet another area in which plastic is the preferred material for an important function.
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      Celebrating the Return of the Plastimagen Trade Show in Mexico City 

      If you’re in the plastics industry, odds are you’ve heard good reports coming out of the recent Plastimagen in Mexico City. Allow us to share one more.
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      ICYMI: Tad McGwire Named Chairman of PLASTICS

      Tad McGwire, CEO and owner of Industrial Heater Corp, a recognized leader in the process heating industry, is now PLASTICS' Chairman of the Board, bringing nearly four decades of manufacturing experience to the role.
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      The U.S. Plastics Industry in 2021 in Seven Charts

      The U.S. plastics industry performance in 2021 can be summarized in seven charts. As in last year’s synopsis of 2020, the charts presented below are not all-inclusive considering that November and December data  is still forthcoming. These charts are based on PLASTICS’ projections.
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      A Transatlantic Conversation on Post-Pandemic Global Trade

      Featuring Perc Pineda, Ph.D. Chief Economist, PLASTICS and Ingo Borchert, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Sussex Business School and Deputy Director, UK Trade Policy.
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      Plastics Production Since COVID-19 Recession Should Continue to Bounce Back

      The U.S. plastics industry was designated by the U.S. government an essential industry last year as the economy went to into lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. Plastics provide solutions in healthcare; the ongoing pandemic underscores plastics' role in protecting healthcare workers and the general population. Vaccination against COVID-19 is possible and affordable because of plastic packaging. At the same time, plastic syringes are an undeniably cost-effective packaging material for distribution of a global public good: the COVID-19 vaccine.
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      Plastics Industry Growth Prospects Intact Amid Slower Q3 for US Economy

      The U.S. economy's slowdown in the third quarter may have come as a surprise to many after stellar growth rates in the first and second quarters. Following a 6.7% increase in output in the second quarter, the 2.0% increase in the third quarter came in lower than forecast. At the close of the third quarter, the U.S. was roughly a $19.5 trillion economy and $904.4 billion larger than a year earlier.
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      Farewell, Jay Gardiner (1951-2021)

      Our association and the entire plastics industry lost a dear friend recently with the passing of Jay Gardiner. Not only was he a consummate professional in the field of plastics, he was a selfless citizen who served 30 years in his local fire department.