1. Articles in category: Plastics

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    1. Local Plastics Manufacturer Pioneering New Technology

      Explore BusinessWest (Jun 26 2014)

      Local Plastics Manufacturer Pioneering New Technology

      Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc., a plastics manufacturer specializing in extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding, is pioneering the use of new technology to manufacture sustainable plastic packaging for major brands like Mrs. Dash, owned by B&G Foods. “An analysis of the Mrs. Dash packaging process revealed the need to create a more sustainable bottle,” said Mel O’Leary, Jr., president and CEO of Meredith-Springfield. “While sustainable packaging has become a point of interest for manufacturers with regards to environmental benefits, significant cost-savings can also be realized. Sustainable package innovation offered by advanced plastic molding technology minimizes packaging costs ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    2. Placon buys Plastic Packaging Corp. of West Springfield

      Explore masslive.com (May 7 2014)

      Placon buys Plastic Packaging Corp. of West Springfield

      Placon, one of the leading custom and stock rigid thermoformed packaging designers and manufacturers in North America announced today that it is has completed the acquisition of privately-held, West Springfield rigid plastic container manufacturer, Plastic Packaging Corporation. Founded in 1954 by Fred Weiss, Plastic Packaging Corporation (PPC) is a family-owned manufacturer known for its high-quality, injection molded Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) containers, cups, tubs, pails and lids as well as its advanced decorating services for hot to frozen foods in the foodservice and food processing industries. “Looking toward the future, combining with Placon is the perfect fit for our ...

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield

    3. Mayhew Steel in Turners Falls buys Leominster plastics company to take control of supply chain | masslive.com

      Explore masslive.com (Mar 10 2014)

      Mayhew Steel in Turners Falls buys Leominster plastics company to take control of supply chain | masslive.com

      Mayhew announced the purchase off Basque Plastics last week. The new Mayhew Basque will continue with about 19 employees in Leominster, a city that serves as a center in the industry with about 120 other plastics companies in town and a wealth of experienced workers, said Bill Lawless, one of the owners of Mayhew Steel.

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    4. Styrolution to close Springfield plant, cut 58 jobs

      Explore masslive.com (Feb 26 2014)

      Styrolution to close Springfield plant, cut 58 jobs

      Plastics maker Styrolution will close its polystyrene plant at 950 Worcester St. in Indian Orchard by the end of the year, costing 58 jobs, according to a news release from the company's headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    5. Mayfield Plastics Acquired by Owner of Universal Plastics

      Explore Press Release Distribution Online (Dec 16 2013)

      Mayfield Plastics Acquired by Owner of Universal Plastics

      Mayfield Plastics was recently acquired by Jay Kumar, the owner of Universal Plastics, a custom thermoformer based in Holyoke MA. The acquisition will allow Mr. Kumar to continue to execute on his vision to find ways to add additional value to customers, grow the business and establish a stronger footprint in the custom plastic thermoforming space. The intention of this merger is to provide Mayfield with additional management, technical and financial support. Both Mayfield and Universal will continue to maintain their facilities, brand, employees and procedures. Mr. Kumar plans to invest in Mayfield which ensures that Mayfield can continue to ...

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    6. Sen. Canadaras tours WMass facility

      Explore WWLP 22 News Springfield (Sep 18 2013)

      Sen. Canadaras tours WMass facility

      Senator Gale Candaras toured a local manufacturing facility Wednesday.Candaras visited Meredith-Springfield, which is a Massachusetts based plastics manufacturer. Candaaras said she is impressed by the way the company has grown by its business ethics and hopes to replicate their business model throughout western Massachusetts.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    7. EDC to Sponsor Medical Device Conference

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 29 2013)

      EDC to Sponsor Medical Device Conference

      The EDC is a Supporting Sponsor of the 2013 Plastics in Medical Devices Conference
      coming up in May in Waltham.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    8. The EDC on the Road

      Explore From the EDC (Mar 14 2013)

      The EDC on the Road

      EDC Senior VP Mike Graney will represent western
      Massachusetts at several conferences and trade shows during 2013. Please
      contact Mike at 413-755-1300 or m.graney@westernmassedc.com
      if you want to discuss our Shared Service Center initiative, international
      business development opportunities or any other interest in western
      Massachusetts. Of course, we are always pleased to host companies and consultants
      in Springfield, too.

      April 14-16                 Consultants Forum FDI               St. Louis

      April 22-25               BIO International Convention     Chicago

      May 13-15                  Plastics in Medical Devices        Boston (Waltham)

      June 17-21                 Paris Air Show

      September 23-26    Adva Med                                     Washington

      November 20-22     Medica                                          Düsseldorf

      December 2-4 ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    9. Polymer Corporation Opens New Injection Molding Facility In Palmer, Mass.

      Explore businesswire.com (Feb 27 2013)

      Polymer Corporation Opens New Injection Molding Facility In Palmer, Mass.

      “Polymer is rapidly growing and committed to manufacturing in the United States,” said Jim Ryan, the company’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our new Palmer plant provides needed additional capacity, supports our commitment to innovation through the use of state-of-the-art technology, and allows us to run highly efficient operations. Further, Palmer is convenient to our customers and our workforce.”

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      Mentions:   Palmer

    10. Final EDC Growth Sector Series Event Scheduled

      Explore From the EDC (Sep 5 2012)

      Please Save The Date – September 18, 2012 -- for the fourth and final installment of the EDC’s Growth Sector Series,Sustainable Manufacturing in the Plastics industry, presented by First Niagara Bank. The event will feature keynote speaker Jeff Lombard, Senior Vice President of Global Operations from Hasbro, discussing Hasbro’s approach to sustainability and how that enhances the East Longmeadow plant’s global competitiveness.

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      Mentions:   Michael Graney   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts   Hasbro, Inc.

    11. New owners of Universal Plastics pledge to grow company in Holyoke, current president Joseph Peters says | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 15 2012)

      New owners of Universal Plastics pledge to grow company in Holyoke, current president Joseph Peters says | masslive

      Universal Plastics, which employs 70 people at its Whiting Farms Road factory, has been sold by the Peters family. The new owners are a father-and-son team, Sunil and Jay Kumar, and the Kumars pledge to grow the business in Holyoke, said Joseph L. Peters, current president of Universal Plastics who plans to stay on with the company after the sale.

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      Mentions:   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Chicopee   Holyoke

    12. Paper or plastic? West Springfield's FiberMark develops new paper products to replace plastic | masslive

      Explore masslive.com (Jun 4 2012)

      Paper or plastic? West Springfield's FiberMark develops new paper products to replace plastic | masslive

      FiberMark chief executive officer Anthony P.D. MacLaurin can strip down his company’s corporate strategy to one simple statement. “Replace plastic,” he says.

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      Mentions:   West Springfield   Springfield   The Republican

    13. UMass, Delaware researchers develop low-cost process to make plastic from plants

      Explore masslive.com (May 14 2012)

      UMass, Delaware researchers develop low-cost process to make plastic from plants

      In addition to Dauenhauer and Vlachos, the research team included UMass professor Wei Fan, and UMass doctoral students in chemical engineering, C. Luke Williams and Chun-Chih Chang. Also part of the team were University of Delaware professors Raul F. Lobo and Stavros Caratzoulas, as well as doctoral student Nima Nikbin, and postdoctoral fellow Phuong Do.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    14. AIM-Member Manufacturer Uses ISO Certification to Win New Business

      Explore AIM Business Insider (Apr 11 2012)

      AIM-Member Manufacturer Uses ISO Certification to Win New Business

      For AIM member Universal Plastics, a family-run job shop with a 45-year history in Holyoke, the opportunity for growth came from a new aerospace customer. But when the customer notified Universal that it would require ISO certification from all its suppliers, the issue grabbed the attention of company president Joe Peters.

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      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Holyoke

    15. Greater Holyoke Chamber names Joseph Peters, president of Universal Plastics, 2012 business person of year

      Explore masslive.com (Apr 4 2012)

      Greater Holyoke Chamber names Joseph Peters, president of Universal Plastics, 2012 business person of year

      Joseph L. Peters, president of Universal Plastics Corp., has been named 2012 “Business Person of the Year” by the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce   Holyoke Medical Center

    16. Spheres of Influence

      Explore BusinessWest (Mar 1 2012)

      Spheres of Influence

      Through most of his career in the plastics business, Mel O’Leary has kept a low profile. Make that a very low profile. Indeed, over the course of the past 29 years, during which he’s shaped Meredith-Springfield into one of the nation’s more accomplished blow-molding specialists, O’Leary has let the company’s products — actually, other people’s products, ranging from maple-syrup containers to detergent bottles — do the talking for him.

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      Mentions:   Springfield

    17. Green loan goes to So. Deerfield company

      Explore bizjournals (Jan 18 2012)

      The state’s finance and development agency provided $758,460 to Pro Pel Plastech, a South Deerfield, Mass. manufacturer of recycled plastic pellets from industrial plastic waste and consumer materials. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   MassDevelopment

    18. Plastics News - Diversity in its product lineup keeps Pittsfield Plastics growing

      Explore Plastics News (Jan 6 2012)

      Plastics News - Diversity in its product lineup keeps Pittsfield Plastics growing The company has 96 employees working in the 80,000-square-foot facility, which usually operates 24 hours a day, five days a week, and when needed, seven days a week. It has added 11 new and used presses in the past year, bringing it up to 37, with clamping forces of 100-750 tons. It also has three extrusion lines, with the newest being a Welex model. (Read Full Article)

    19. New blowmolded rain-spout extensions keep water flowing | PlasticsToday.com

      Explore PlasticsToday.com (Sep 19 2011)

      "Our company has perfected the blowmolding of very technical, long parts on its modified twin-sided shuttle blowmolders," said Meredith-Springfield's President and CEO Mel O'Leary. "Part length for continuous extrusion blowmolding is normally limited to around 20 inches, but with Meredith-Springfield's proprietary processes and equipment, par... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    20. Recycled plastic spheres replace concrete in sustainability tour de force

      Explore PlasticsToday.com (Apr 18 2011)

      The U.S. partners have a concrete project in the works. Next month, thousands of Meredith-Springfield plastics spheres, made from plastics recyclate, will be set into steel wire cages at Barker Steel for subsequent shipping in tower crane-ready bundles for use in concrete slabs in new building construction. One of those buildings will be the brand-new Miami Art Museum (MAM). For the MAM project, the spheres are sized 225mm and 270 mm. The Cobiax productline calls for 13 different sizes of spheres, depending on the thickness of the concrete slabs. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Springfield

    21. Orders at Universal Plastics in Holyoke seem to reflect increase in business confidence reported statewide

      Explore masslive.com (Nov 9 2010)

      Orders at Universal Plastics in Holyoke seem to reflect increase in business confidence reported statewide “Everything seems to be pepping up a bit and that is good to see,” says Joseph L. Peters, president of the manufacturing company which is celebrating 45 years of business. (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Northampton   Holyoke

    22. EDC Hosts Plastics Cluster Meeting

      Explore From the EDC (Jan 13 2010)

      The EDC continued our practice of hosting executives from key regional industry clusters by hosting compnaies from the plastics industry today. The EDC wishes to thank Joe Peters from Universal Plastics for coordinating the meeting and inviting his peers. We also wish to acknowledge Anne Struthers, (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Massachusetts Office of Business Development   Ann Burke   Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts

    23. Dr. Kevin N. Sill: The Delivery of Innovation

      Explore R&D; Mag (Dec 21 2009)

      Dr. Kevin N. Sill: The Delivery of Innovation R & D MagazineDr. Kevin N. Sill: The Delivery of InnovationR & D MagazineThese issues, and others, were solved within the first four years after founding Intezyne, with the development of Sill's advanced micelle drug delivery ... (Read Full Article)

      Mentions:   Amherst

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