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PLASTICS' William Carteaux: Tax Cut and Jobs Act
PLASTICS' William Carteaux: Tax Cut and Jobs Act
Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President and CEO William Carteaux issued the following statement on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act released by House Republican leadership today.
GOP Holds on to Vacated Seats, but 2018 Might Be A Different Story
GOP Holds on to Vacated Seats, but 2018 Might Be A Different Story
Continuing the trend of maintaining vacated seats this year, Republican John Curtis beat Democrat Kathie Allen with over 57 percent of the vote to replace Representative Jason Chaffetz who resigned from Utah�s Third Congressional District seat earlier ...
DuPont and Archer Daniels Midland Win Fifth-Annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award
DuPont and Archer Daniels Midland Win Fifth-Annual Innovation in Bioplastics Award
The�Bioplastics�Division, a part of the�Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), today announced�DuPont Industrial Biosciences�and�Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)�as the winners of the�2017 Innovation in Bioplastics Award. The two companies developed a m...
PLASTICS Members Encouraged to Submit Comments to USTR on Trade Concerns with China, Russia
PLASTICS Members Encouraged to Submit Comments to USTR on Trade Concerns with China, Russia
In preparation for its annual reports to Congress, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment and testimony on China�s and Russia�s compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations. Comments and requ...
Congress Shifts Gears to Tax Reform
Congress Shifts Gears to Tax Reform
The long-awaited Republican tax reform plan, the �United Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code,� was unveiled on September 27. Its authors, known as the �Big Six,� are House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Bra...
Rep. Larry Strickland Visits Raleigh Precision Products
Rep. Larry Strickland Visits Raleigh Precision Products
Raleigh Precision Products (RPP) recently showed off their capabilities and examples of the products they manufacture for North Carolina State Rep. Larry Strickland.
Delta Pacific Products in Union City, CA Hosts California Assemblyman Quirk
Delta Pacific Products in Union City, CA Hosts California Assemblyman Quirk
California Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-20) toured long-time PLASTICS member Delta Pacific Products in Union City, California on August 17. In business since 1988, Delta Pacific Products is a full service plastic injection molding and medical device contr...
Rep. Tom Rice Visits PolyQuest
Rep. Tom Rice Visits PolyQuest
House Ways and Means Committee member Tom Rice (R-SC) visited PLASTICS member PolyQuest�s Darlington, South Carolina, plant on January 25.� PolyQuest is the largest polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin distributor in the U.S. The Darlington, SC facil...
North American Plastics Industry: A Modernized NAFTA Would Set the Stage for Future Growth
North American Plastics Industry: A Modernized NAFTA Would Set the Stage for Future Growth
The�Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), the�Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the�Asociaci�n�Nacional�de�Industrias del�Pl�stico�A.C.�(ANIPAC)�jointly issued the following statement today in support of continued negotiations regar...
North Carolina Lawmakers Visit PLASTICS Member TOSAF Inc.
North Carolina Lawmakers Visit PLASTICS Member TOSAF Inc.
PLASTICS member�TOSAF Inc. hosted North Carolina State Representatives Dana Bumgardner (R-109) and Kelly Hastings (R-110) at their Bessemer City facility on October 2nd.�The site is TOSAF Group�s first U.S. facility which employs 25 people and is growi...
PLASTICS Names Gardner Business Media Official Publisher of NPE2018 Show Daily
PLASTICS Names Gardner Business Media Official Publisher of NPE2018 Show Daily
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced today that Gardner Business Media, publisher of Plastics Technology, MoldMaking Technology and other plastics- and manufacturing-focused media properties, would be the official publisher of the NPE...
Rep. Thompson Visits Berry Global
Rep. Thompson Visits Berry Global
Representative Glenn �GT� Thompson (R-PA-5) recently visited Berry Global�s Brookville, PA plant to get a first-hand look at plastics manufacturing in his district. Berry Global acquired the Brookville facility in 2014, which largely manufactures child...
Plastics Industry: Plastic Materials, Recycling Should Be Part of Infrastructure Push
Plastics Industry: Plastic Materials, Recycling Should Be Part of Infrastructure Push
Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)�President and CEO William R. Carteaux issued the following statement after the president�s State of the Union address:
In Long-Fought Victory for PLASTICS, CPSC Relieves Seven Plastic Materials from Phthalate Testing...
In Long-Fought Victory for PLASTICS, CPSC Relieves Seven Plastic Materials from Phthalate Testing...
Ever since rulemaking commenced to implement the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA), the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) has been arguing before the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that many types of plastics wil...
CT Sen. Joe Markley Visits Industrial Heater Corp.
CT Sen. Joe Markley Visits Industrial Heater Corp.
Industrial Heater Corp. welcomed State Senator Joe Markley on December 12�at their Cheshire, CT facility and headquarters. This tour followed a visit by Representative Liz Linehan earlier this year. President Tad McGwire, and his son, Tom McGwire, vice...
PLASTICS Submits NAFTA Comments to Administration
PLASTICS Submits NAFTA Comments to Administration
Written comments by PLASTICS were among over 12,000 submissions to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on negotiating objectives regarding the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In the comments, PLASTICS su...
Connecticut Task Force to Reduce Consumer Packaging that Generates Solid Waste Underway
Connecticut Task Force to Reduce Consumer Packaging that Generates Solid Waste Underway
The Connecticut legislature passed a bill in 2016 that established a task force to study ways to reduce the amount of consumer packaging that enters the waste stream. That task force has been meeting this year and will continue to do so in the coming m...
Berry Global Hosts New York Senate Leader
Berry Global Hosts New York Senate Leader
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) worked with Berry Global to arrange a site visit for State Senator John DeFrancisco (R-50) at their Solvay, NY facility last month. Sen. DeFrancisco, the deputy majority leader, serves on the Senate Rules Co...
February Producer Prices Show Strong Economic Fundamentals
February Producer Prices Show Strong Economic Fundamentals
February�s headline producer price index (PPI), which measures the change in prices at the wholesale or producer level, increased 0.2 percent in February according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report. Core PPI, however, advanced highe...
Offer Your Input on the Resin Identification Code Standard
Offer Your Input on the Resin Identification Code Standard
The Resin Identification Code (RIC), has been codified into an ASTM standard (D7611). ASTM released a revision ballot that includes four ballot items, including a framework for adding new codes, general revision, amending code 6 and changes to the �+� ...
PLASTICS Makes Push on NAFTA Negotiations
PLASTICS Makes Push on NAFTA Negotiations
Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) staff joined with other pro-trade advocates to support the�North American�Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) last week, with meetings in every�Senate office on January 17 and meetings with key members of the House of ...
Final Rules for Amended TSCA Under OMB Review
Final Rules for Amended TSCA Under OMB Review
As the one-year anniversary of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st�Century Act (LCSA) approaches, EPA is working to meet its statutory deadlines to finalize framework rules on chemical prioritization and risk evaluation under the amend...
Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Made Permanent, U.S. Allies Retaliate
Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Made Permanent, U.S. Allies Retaliate
After more than a two-month suspension where the countries negotiated for permanent exemptions, the Trump Administration ultimately decided to move forward with its plan to place tariffs on steel and aluminum imports originating from its strongest trad...
PLASTICS Honored in 2018 Best Manufacturing Associations to Work for
PLASTICS Honored in 2018 Best Manufacturing Associations to Work for
The Plastics Industry Association was recently named as one of the Best Manufacturing Associations to Work for. This inaugural program was created by the National Association of Manufacturers� Council of Manufacturing Associations in partnership with B...
PERCspective on Key Sources of Plastics Demand, Likely to Remain Stable This Year
PERCspective on Key Sources of Plastics Demand, Likely to Remain Stable This Year
Construction and manufacturing are two key sources of demand for the plastics industry. As the most recent data suggest a positive outlook for these sectors, they suggest a similarly positive outlook for demand in plastics.
PLASTICS Empowers Industry to Serve as Ambassadors, Launches This Is Plastics
PLASTICS Empowers Industry to Serve as Ambassadors, Launches This Is Plastics
The�Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)�today launched�This Is Plastics, a resource created to turn plastic industry employees into ambassadors. It aims to educate and empower the U.S. plastics industry�s nearly one million employees to communicat...
President Trump Proposes Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
President Trump Proposes Steel and Aluminum Tariffs
Surprising everyone�including his staff, Capitol Hill, the business community and the steel and aluminum industries�President Donald Trump recently suggested that he would unilaterally impose a 25-percent tariff on imported steel and a 10-percent tarif...
PLASTICS Embraces Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) with New Policy Statement
PLASTICS Embraces Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) with New Policy Statement
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS)�committed to a Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) policy today, releasing a policy statement that codifies the organization�s support of SMM principles. SMM policy suggests a way forward for the plastics...
PCS Company Welcomes State Lawmakers
PCS Company Welcomes State Lawmakers
Earlier this fall, PLASTICS Member�PCS Company hosted Michigan State Representative Bill Sowerby (D-31) and State Senator Steve Bieda at their Fraser, MI�facility.�Representative Sowerby has been involved in public service in the Macomb County area for...
Michigan State Rep. Mike Webber Visits FANUC America
Michigan State Rep. Mike Webber Visits FANUC America
PLASTICS Member FANUC America is on the front lines of automation technology, a fact that�was on full display as the company�hosted Michigan State Representative Mike Webber (R-45) last month.
Chinese Government Adds Plastic Industrial Scraps to Import Ban
Chinese Government Adds Plastic Industrial Scraps to Import Ban
Industrial waste plastics have been added to the list of solid waste imports banned by the Chinese government. This ban will take effect on December 31, 2018.
PERCspective: Latest Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Provide Clues for Plastics
PERCspective: Latest Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Provide Clues for Plastics
Industrial production increased 0.2 percent in July�a 2.2 percent increase from July last year, according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. The manufacturing output of plastics products actually edged down 0.8 percent when compared to June...
China, West Virginia Reach Agreement on Gas and Chemical Manufacturing with Big Implications for ...
China, West Virginia Reach Agreement on Gas and Chemical Manufacturing with Big Implications for ...
While on a major international swing through Asia this past week, U.S. President Donald Trump oversaw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between China Energy Investment Corp. and the state of West Virginia, promising massive investments...
Congress Suspends Medical Device Tax for Two More Years
Congress Suspends Medical Device Tax for Two More Years
Manufacturers of medical devices received a surprise in the short-term continuing resolution (CR) Congress enacted to end the government shutdown last month. The bill included a two-year moratorium on the 2.3-percent tax on the sale of medical devices,...
Rep. Estes Visits PLASTICS Member Reiloy USA
Rep. Estes Visits PLASTICS Member Reiloy USA
Congressman Ron Estes (R-KS-4) recently visited PLASTICS member Reiloy USA in Maize, Kansas. While there, Congressman Estes heard about the history of Reiloy and their contribution to the plastics industry. The impact of the North American Free Trade�A...
North American Plastics Industry Stands Together in Support of NAFTA Modernization
North American Plastics Industry Stands Together in Support of NAFTA Modernization
After a summit that convened the leadership of North America�s three leading plastics industry trade groups�Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and�Asociaci�n�Nacional�de�Industrias del�Pl�stico�A.C.�...
Michigan PLASTICS Members Open Plants to Congressmen
Michigan PLASTICS Members Open Plants to Congressmen
Taking advantage of the August recess to visit businesses in their districts, U.S. Representatives from Michigan Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) and Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township) toured PLASTICS member companies to get first-hand looks at the manufacturing p...
The FLiP Files: Blake Gleaves
The FLiP Files: Blake Gleaves
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 to Blake Gleaves, product manager of f...
Rolling Updates on Tax Reform
Rolling Updates on Tax Reform
As the saga of tax reform is moving quickly in Congress, PLASTICS is monitoring the situation and�this page will be updated as new information becomes available (last update: 9am, 12/12).�PLASTICS supports tax reform, particularly the provisions on pas...
Michigan State Rep. Bronna Kahle Tours Glycon
Michigan State Rep. Bronna Kahle Tours Glycon
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) invited Michigan State Rep. Bronna Kahle (R-57) to visit member company Glycon Corporation in Tecumseh on September 25.�For over 40 years, Glycon has been manufacturing feed screws, barrels, non-return valve...
PLASTICS to Submit Comments on NAFTA Renegotiation, Requests Member Input
PLASTICS to Submit Comments on NAFTA Renegotiation, Requests Member Input
The Trump Administration has formally notified Congress of its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Letters from United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer were sent to Senate...
North American Plastics Trade Associations Seek Certainty on NAFTA after Montreal Summit
North American Plastics Trade Associations Seek Certainty on NAFTA after Montreal Summit
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and the Asociaci�n�Nacional�de�Industrias del�Pl�stico�A.C.�(ANIPAC) concluded a meeting in Montreal today where the three major North American plastics tra...
PLASTICS Welcomes Best and Brightest in Sustainability to 2017 Re|focus Sustainability & Recyclin...
PLASTICS Welcomes Best and Brightest in Sustainability to 2017 Re|focus Sustainability & Recyclin...
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) yesterday concluded its second annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit in Orlando, Fla. The two-day summit featured recycling and plastics industry experts who presented solutions on how the indust...
Where to Use Recycled Plastics
Where to Use Recycled Plastics
A number of products on the market today are made with virgin plastic materials, but they could be just as effectively made with recycled plastic materials. In the last decade the quality and consistency of these materials has increased dramatically, a...
House Unanimously Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act
House Unanimously Passes Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 4318, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill of 2018 or MTB, on January 16 by a vote of 402-0. The MTB would temporarily reduce or suspend tariffs on a variety of imported products�including chemicals and plastics�that a...
Trump Administration Requests Comments of Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses
Trump Administration Requests Comments of Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and Department of Commerce (DOC) are seeking comments by July 31 on trade agreement violations and abuses by countries included in U.S. trade agreements as well as in all World Trade Organizat...
Rep. Babin Introduces PLASTICS-Supported Infrastructure Bill
Rep. Babin Introduces PLASTICS-Supported Infrastructure Bill
Representative Brian Babin (R-TX-36) recently introduced H.R. 5310, the Municipal Infrastructure Savings and Transparency Act. As introduced, H.R. 5310 will require that all qualifying material that otherwise meets relevant engineering standards must b...
BLM Rescinds Previous Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing
BLM Rescinds Previous Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing
As 2017 came to an end, so did the Bureau of Land Management�s (BLM) 2015 effort to regulate hydraulic fracturing on federal lands.
Scott DeFife Joins PLASTICS as Vice President
Scott DeFife Joins PLASTICS as Vice President
Scott DeFife today joined the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) as vice president of Government Affairs. DeFife will lead federal, state and regulatory affairs, oversee advocacy and serve as the staff liaison to the Public Policy Committee.
PLASTICS Heads to the Hill in Support of NAFTA
PLASTICS Heads to the Hill in Support of NAFTA
October 24 was Lobby Day in the Senate in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). PLASTICS staff joined with representatives from other business associations and corporations to visit with trade staff in Senate offices to share the ...
President Trump Releases Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships
President Trump Releases Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships
President Trump signed an executive order June 15 to expand apprenticeships and vocational training while reducing the regulatory burdens on workforce development programs. The executive order allows third parties like trade associations and companies ...
Rep. Ted Budd Visits Berry Global in Mooresville, NC
Rep. Ted Budd Visits Berry Global in Mooresville, NC
U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) visited Berry Global�s plant in Mooresville, NC on February 28 to get a first-hand look at the plastics industry in his district.
Mold Craft Closes Manufacturing Skills Gap with Gen Z Program
Mold Craft Closes Manufacturing Skills Gap with Gen Z Program
The manufacturing skills gap is felt by businesses across the plastics industry. What do you do when your business demands outrun your human resources? How do you replace talented, highly-skilled employees as they age out of the industry?
The FLiP Files: Max Preston
The FLiP Files: Max Preston
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.