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  • BASF lays out plans for a leaner strategic future

     BASF SE Technicians inspect a storm water tank at BASF\'s facility in Port Arthur, Texas.

    Ludwigshafen, Germany — BASF SE will streamline its business to focus on six core segments in a new strategy that will also affect 20,000 employees globally.
    The German chemical giant said in a Nov. 20 event that it is "creating leaner structures for services" in research and governance division and bringing employees closer to customers.
  • IVP Plastics bounces back after roof collapse, flood

     P.J. Hoerr Inc. A demolition crew razes the main manufacturing center of IVP Plastics in Washington, Ill., about two months after a heavy late spring snowfall caused the roof to collapse.

    March 24 was one of those days where the loss of a $100,000 free-standing crane was part of the good news for everyone at IVP Plastics in Washington, Ill.
    On track for a record year, the custom injection molder was running a part-time shift that Saturday. About
  • Chevron Phillips helps Texas kids explore STEM careers

     Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP has been a sponsore of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering since 2014, providing funding for special events at middle schools.

    Materials maker Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP has provided 4,250 Texas middle school students access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities this year through its sponsorship of the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) Tra
  • Boat maker Brunswick sending fitness business out to sea

     Brunswick Corp. Brunswick Corp. makes both fiberglass and aluminum boats as well as engines and marine accessories.

    Brunswick Corp. is spinning off its fitness division and abandoning its longtime diversification strategy, and instead will look to marine parts and accessories as a way to weather economic downturns.
    The company, which makes boat engines and a range of vessels including fiberglass boats, released details Nov. 13 on its plan to spin
  • Berry sees a Verdant future for PCR

     Berry Global Group Inc. Berry Global Group Inc.\'s new Verdant product line is a range of packaging, all using some level of post-consumer recycled material.

    Chicago — Increasing the use of recycled plastics in consumer product packaging isn\'t going to happen in a vacuum, Berry Global Group Inc. believes.
    That\'s why the company is out with a new line of containers called Verdant, which uses up to 100 percent recycled post-consumer resin.<
  • Whistleblower case against JM Eagle ends in mistrial

     The 12-year-old whistleblower case against plastic pipe manufacturer JM Eagle ended in a mistrial after a jury deadlocked about awarding monetary damages to the first group of cities and water districts that claimed to have received PVC products of questionable quality.

    None of the five “exemplar” plaintiffs will receive any money in the case that has been unfolding against.

  • Plastics apprentice program debuts in Erie, Pa.

     American Institute of Injection Molding Ten Northwest Pennsylvania plastics workers — nine men and one woman — began an apprenticeship program Nov. 12 at the American Institute of Injection Molding (AIM). Eric Bowersox, Beaumont Advanced Processing lab manager, pictured left in yellow, shows students the machines. John Beaumont, AIM founder, pictured right, is giving a presentation for students.

    Erie, Pa. — Ten Northwest Pennsylvania plastics workers began an
  • Acquisition adds rubber manufacturing to New York-based injection molder Jrlon Inc.

     Jrlon Inc. knew one day it would have to break into the world of rubber manufacturing. That time is now.

    The Palmyra, N.Y.-based custom manufacturer of specialty metal and high-performance plastic products has acquired RotaDyne Corp.’s engineered products division for an undisclosed amount.
    The division, based in Spencerport, N.Y., will bring a range of complementary.

  • Obituary: Thermoforming expert Arthur Buckel

     McConnell & Co. Buckel served as director of the SPE Thermoforming division from 1987 to 2010. In 2011, he became the division\'s first emeritus director.

    Arthur Buckel, a veteran of the thermoforming industry who was the 1999 Thermoformer of the Year, died Oct. 30. He was 84.
    Buckel won the top award from the Society of Plastics Engineers’ Thermoforming division for his diligence and dedication to the craft of thermoforming.

  • Auto supplier Inteva Products growing in Ohio

     Auto supplier Inteva Products LLC is planning a multimillion-dollar investment and creating 35 jobs at its technical center in Vandalia, Ohio.

    The company, which makes automotive interior systems, closures and roofs, said in a Nov. 15 news release that the investment and additional jobs will support initiatives for further research and development of its interior systems, including.

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