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    1. Universal Plastics Certified as Minority Owned Business

      Universal Plastics Corporation, a Massachusetts based custom thermoforming manufacturer, announced today that it has received certification as a minority-owned business enterprise (MBE) by the Supplier Diversity Office of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The MBE certification is the most widely recognized certification for minority-owned businesses in the United States. "Companies today are implementing diversity initiatives as a component of their sourcing strategy. We are pleased to be officially recognized as a minority-owned business enterprise,” said Jay Kumar, President of Universal Plastics. “This certification will assist in our growth and ability to better service your OEM customer base”, Kumar said

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    2. Plastivan revs up Massachusetts students about plastics | Plastics News

      Plastivan revs up Massachusetts students about plastics | Plastics News

      Students from Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, Mass., learned about plastics and thermoforming thanks to a Feb. 29 visit from the SPE Plastivan.  Universal Plastics Corp., a Holyoke-based custom thermoformer, sponsored the event along with the Western New England Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers.  “Many students today still think of manufacturing as dark and dirty factories and not high tech environments offering excellent jobs and wages,” said Joe Peters, CEO of Universal Plastics.

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    3. SABIC plastics of Pittsfield to move taking 300 jobs | masslive.com

      SABIC plastics of Pittsfield to move taking 300 jobs | masslive.com

      SABIC Innovative Plastics, one of the last remaining vestiges of General Electric's once massive presence here, is moving its headquarters to Houston and closing its Pittsfield operation with the elimination of 300 jobs.  The facility will close by the middle of 2016.  SABIC bought General Electric Co.'s plastics unit in 2007 for $11.6 billion and has used GE's former plastics facility.  SABIC has research and development operations in Pittsfield in addition to the headquarters. In the news release issued Thursday announcing the move, SABIC said it also evaluating Pittsfield's Polymer Processing Development Center and its ...

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    4. Argotec to consolidate Easthampton operations in Greenfield | masslive

      Argotec to consolidate Easthampton operations in Greenfield | masslive

      Argotec LLC of Greenfield is planning to close the Easthampton plant it bought in May 2014 along with the rest of one-time competitor Stevens Urethane and consolidate operations in Greenfield.  Argotec makes plastic film sheets for everything from waterproof clothing to bullet-resistant glass and smartphone screens.  The Easthampton plant will be closed by the middle of this year, a news release issued by Argotec, which has headquarters on Silvio O. Conte Drive, stated. The company also said it plans to offer jobs in its other facilities to a significant proportion of the employees from the former Stevens plant at 412 ...

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    5. Local Plastics Manufacturer Pioneering New Technology

      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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    6. Placon buys Plastic Packaging Corp. of West Springfield

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

      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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    8. Mayfield Plastics Acquired by Owner of Universal Plastics

      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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    9. The EDC on the Road

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

      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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    11. Final EDC Growth Sector Series Event Scheduled

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

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

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

      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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    15. Spheres of Influence

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

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

      "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...
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    18. Recycled plastic spheres replace concrete in sustainability tour de force

      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.
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