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      How Will the Brexit Impact the U.S. Plastics Industry?

      The vote by 52 percent of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union—the so-called British exit (Brexit)—has sent shockwaves across global financial markets and ushered in a period of uncertainty for manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic.
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      On Father’s Day, Get to Know Some of PLASTICS' Family-Owned Member Companies

      Just like families themselves, no two family-owned businesses are the same. The plastics industry is home to many of these companies and in honor of Father’s Day, PLASTICS highlights some family-owned members.
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      The U.S. Plastics Industry’s Top Five Export Markets

      Of the U.S. plastics industry’s $427 billion in annual sales, slightly more than 20 percent of that comes from exports, according to SPI’s 2015 Global Trends Report. The lion’s share of that goes to these top five export markets for the U.S. plastics industry as of 2015.
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      Plastic Packaging and the Ability to Feed People

      One of the simplest reasons packaging is poised to become a nearly $1 trillion industry in the next decade is because it contains, protects and preserves food and water. With as much food and water as we consume, the prevalence of food waste, and packaging’s role in eliminating it, was a prominent theme at this year’s Flexible Film & Bag Conference, which wrapped up in Houston, Texas last week.
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      DOL Releases Final Persuader Rule

      On March 23, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the final “persuader rule” which changes longstanding requirements on how employers can seek advice regarding union organizing activities and when employers and others have to disclose information to DOL. The previous rule required disclosure only from employers and others who had direct contact with employees regarding union organizing campaigns.
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      Five Regulatory Issues to Watch in 2016

      This year is proving to be packed with regulatory activity at the federal level for two big reasons: first, with Congress focused on elections, federal agencies can take actions with less scrutiny than they might’ve faced in any other year, and second, this is President Obama’s last opportunity to make lasting policy changes.
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      SPI Member Paragon Manufacturing: Family Owned for 60 Years

      Bill Wright returned home from World War II, after serving in the Army Corps of Engineers, and was working as a toolmaker when he made a mold for a five-gallon pail for a customer. When the customer couldn’t pay him, he kept the mold and bought an injection molding machine instead.
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      Five Countries Your Company Should Be Paying More Attention To

      In today’s interconnected global economy, there’s no such thing as a growing market that no one’s heard of yet. Information travels fast and export opportunities don’t stay secret for very long, but nonetheless, there are markets “where more attention needs to be paid,” according to IHS Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh.
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      IHS Economist: Patience Key to Emerging Market Success

      Nariman Behravesh, IHS’ chief economist, doesn’t mince words about where companies can expect to find growth in the coming years, or even decades. “The emerging market is still the future,” he said.