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Hans Deamer to Retire as President of Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation

Lincoln, RI –  After 35 years of service, Hans Deamer, President and Treasurer of Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation,  is retiring.   Deamer left his native England with his family in 1979 to begin his career with W&H as Product Manager,   Printing … Read Full Post

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Garlock Printing & Converting Opens Plant in Reno, Nevada

Massachusetts-based Garlock Printing (www.garlockprinting.com) is opening operations in Reno, Nevada. The new facility will house a host of equipment, including a NOVOFLEX CM 10, the company’s first investment in W&H machinery.  Because of their strong bi-coastal customer base, Garlock decided to … Read Full Post

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Shopping Bags Solutions: We’ve got your savings in the bag!

WPA Board Member Chandler Hadraba has started a new company that promotes the use of reusable bags.  Read more: SAN FRANCISCO, March 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — How often do you get to the grocery store checkout, only to realize you’ve … Read Full Post

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Emerald’s Kelly carries on family tradition, wins Leo Shluker award

Packaging executive Kevin Kelly advocates for industry technical education, opposes bag bans and oversaw a West Coast trade association’s transformation. Observers say he holds strong beliefs and tenaciously pursues his objectives.  Perhaps those are reasons why Kelly, CEO of flexible … Read Full Post

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Report probes financial condition of North American processors

Preconditions for the Great Recession built up for about a decade, economist Peter Mooney said, and 2005 was the high-water mark for the plastic processing business in North America.  Then the bottom fell out, and many segments of the market … Read Full Post

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Command Packaging setting up recycling plant

Peter Grande has a vision to match his name and it involves diverting millions of pounds of agricultural plastics away from landfills.  The CEO of Command Packaging in Vernon, Calif., is moving forward with plans to create a polyethylene recycling … Read Full Post

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Dart Container reports progress on polystyrene recycling

Dart Container Corp. is one of the largest manufacturers of polystyrene foam food packaging, so maybe it’s fitting that the company also is a major player in foam recycling.  Earlier this year, the Mason, Mich.,-based company was given the Excellence … Read Full Post

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PolyPak America buys Transco Plastics poly mailer division

LOS ANGELES — PolyPak America Inc. has expanded its poly mailer capacity by acquiring Transco Plastics Industries Ltd.’s poly mailer envelope and in-line printed films division for undisclosed terms.  Acquired assets include extrusion equipment, printers and converters, said Caryn Fitleberg, … Read Full Post

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Westlake Chemical launches ethylene expansion

Westlake Chemical Corp. has launched work on a project that will add 230 million pounds of annual capacity for plastic feedstock ethylene at its plant in Lake Charles, La. The 60-day project will include a planned maintenance turnaround that will … Read Full Post

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WPA Today Newsletter December Edition

The Western Plastics Associaiton Newsletter, WPA Today, is now available for reading.  This edition contains information on 2013 Legislative and Regulatory issues, recycling udpates, industry news and more.  View WPA Today December

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