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    • Industry News

      How the Plastics Industry is Providing Solutions During This Time of Crisis

      The plastics industry is mobilizing to relieve the burden of COVID-19 on the nation’s healthcare system.  Our members are making components for critical care machines, disposable medical items, and single-use packaging for treatments and food. Resin manufacturers are churning out material. Companies have added shifts or switched production lines to supply high demand for personal protective equipment and more. Stories of innovation, hard work and charity are countless.  
    • Future Leaders

      The Plastics Industry “Provides Solutions”

      The FLiP Files is a blog series spotlighting young professionals who are active in PLASTICS' Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a group for plastics professionals under the age of 40. For this FLiP File, we spoke with Jon Smalling, Regional Sales Manager at SEPRO Group about his experience working in the plastics industry.
    • Industry News

      U.S. Economy Shrank in the First Quarter

      The advance estimate of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first quarter by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis confirms the end of the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. The U.S. economy contracted 4.8% in the first quarter on a seasonally adjusted annual rate. This resulted in U.S. actual output to be lower than potential output or an output gap of $209.7 billion. Since the first quarter of 2018, U.S. output had exceeded its potential.
    • Future Leaders

      “Plastics and Manufacturing Involve the Products We Use Every Day”

      The FLiP Files is a blog series spotlighting young professionals who are active in PLASTICS' Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a group for plastics professionals under the age of 40. For this FLiP File, we spoke with Hillary Coombs, vice president of Westminster Tool.
    • Sustainability

      An Earth Day Message From Our Member: Eric Roegner, Amcor

      Fast forward 50 years and the annual day is still important as a way to remember to reduce air and water pollution. This year, the world acknowledges Earth Day very differently as we all adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. This “event” has increased awareness about how our day-to-day activities impact our planet. For example, we see images of blue skies where smog filled the air weeks before because there are fewer gas emissions related to transportation. That’s a monumental step! It’s a step that’s given us reason to pause and reflect about the greater purpose that connects us - the true spirit of Earth day – that we’re all in this together.
    • Industry News

      Retail Sales, New Residential Construction, and Industrial Production during COVID-19 Crisis

      Sales of consumer essentials, which use substantial plastics products and plastics packaging, increased in March. Food and beverage stores saw a 25.6% increase in sales, with grocery store sales increasing by 26.9%. Healthcare and personal care store sales rose 4.3%. With the coronavirus shutdowns affecting travel and leisure activities, sporting goods, hobby, and musical instruments and bookstore sales fell 23.3%. Gasoline stations saw a 17.2% drop in sales.
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