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Goodyear To Build New Blimp Fleet

March 24, 2013 8:55 pm | News | Comments

Goodyear is building the first of a new generation of its iconic blimps. The tire maker said Friday that the blimp built in Germany by ZLT Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik (looft-shif-TEHK'-nik) will be assembled at Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar near the company's headquarters in Akron, Ohio.

Bridgestone Workers Protest Against Plant Closure In Italy

March 15, 2013 12:08 pm | News | Comments

In the demonstration lasting about two hours, the employees called for continued operation of the passenger car tire-making factory, which Bridgestone Corp. said earlier this month will close in the first half of 2014 due to deterioration of the facility's profitability and changing market conditions.

Italy Protests Bridgestone Tire Plant Closure

March 7, 2013 2:14 pm | News | Comments

Italy's labor minister is criticizing a decision by the Bridgestone tire company to close a plant in southern Italy as "serious and without reason." Corrado Passera protested in a letter to the Japanese company, released by the labor ministry Thursday, that the company had failed to work with authorities to find another solution.


Clashes At Goodyear Protest Of Factory Closure

March 7, 2013 7:37 am | News | Comments

Burning the very fruit of their labor, workers from Goodyear clashed with police outside the tire-maker's French headquarters in a last-ditch attempt to save their jobs. Goodyear has been trying to restructure or close its plant in northern France for five years, saying tires made there no longer sell.

In Grim French North, Worker Unrest Looks To Last

February 26, 2013 8:11 am | News | Comments

Workers at a dying French tire factory who've become the butt of American jokes are staging a day of last-ditch protests to try to save their jobs. The protests Tuesday at the Goodyear plant in the northern city of Amiens come after efforts to find a new buyer for the struggling plant have fizzled.

U.S. CEO Ridicules French Workers

February 20, 2013 1:51 pm | News | Comments

Maurice Taylor, CEO of tire-maker Titan International, wrote a letter to French Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg to explain why his company wouldn't buy an ailing Goodyear factory in Amiens. The ministry confirmed the letter as authentic however attempts to obtain comment from Titan have been unsuccessful.

CEO: $500M Plastics Plant Coming To W.Va.

February 13, 2013 5:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A formal announcement could be made by month's end about plans for a $500 million plastics plant near Wheeling, the CEO of Texas-based Appalachian Resins said. James Cutler told the State Journal ( the plan includes a small ethane cracker, a plant that extracts some liquids from wet natural gas to make the chemical feedstock ethylene.

Alpla Chooses Ky. For Manufacturing Operations, Creating 72 Jobs

February 12, 2013 4:49 pm | by Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce | News | Comments

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Alpla, Inc., an Austrian-based plastic packaging company, plans to establish manufacturing operations in Bowling Green, Kentucky, creating 72 new, full-time jobs and investing more $22.4 million in the Commonwealth.


Tire Workers Confront French Police Over Layoffs

February 12, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

Workers have fired flares and French police have sprayed tear gas in a standoff over layoffs at a French plant for U.S. tiremaker Goodyear. The protest Tuesday comes amid a slowdown in Europe's car industry that has hurt automakers and their suppliers across the continent.

Tenn. Federal Secrets Case To Get Resentencing

February 5, 2013 8:07 am | News | Comments

The decision means that Howley and Roberts, former engineers with Wyko Tire Technology, may face stiffer prison time in the corporate espionage case. Both men were sentenced to house confinement and probation. It's not clear whether either will appeal the decision.

Chemical Activity Barometer Up For Sixth Consecutive Month

January 25, 2013 12:13 pm | News | Comments

The American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) monthly Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB) released today showed sustained growth, notching a 0.4 percent gain over December 2012 on a three month moving average (3MMA) basis. The year over year 3MMA showed a solid 2.8 percent gain over January 2012.

APS Launches Second Line Of Viprene TPVs

January 7, 2013 2:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Only weeks after introducing the firm’s first general purpose grades of Viprene® thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs), Alliance Polymers and Services LLC is offering new Viprene P (high performance) thermoplastic vulcanizates. TPVs are compounded with a polyolefin phase with a cross-linked EPDMK phase which give products rubber-like performance for demanding applications.

Floor-Level Cabinet Oven From Grieve

January 2, 2013 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

This Grieve oven has 4” insulated walls, 2” insulated floor, top-mounted heating chamber, Type 304, 2B stainless steel interior, stainless steel exterior with #4 brushed finish, double doors front and rear, plus a special sealing flange to allow the oven to seal into a wall between a cleanroom and the fabrication area in the customer’s facility.


Japanese Firm Pays $45M In U.S. Import Cheating Case

December 18, 2012 8:04 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese producer of violet coloring for inks and plastics is paying more than $45 million to settle allegations it falsely described where the products were made to avoid U.S. import duties on Chinese and Indian makers, the Justice Department said Monday.

The Plant Of The Future: 3D Printing

December 10, 2012 4:16 pm | Articles | Comments

3D printing is a technology that has, for more than a decade, seen inroads mostly in the hobbyist community. It’s expensive and slow, but is capable of producing items that are difficult — if not impossible — to replicate with more traditional processes. But 3D printing could have a real place in the future of manufacturing.

Ky. Plastics Plant Slated To Close

December 10, 2012 8:24 am | News | Comments

Milwaukee-based Johnson Controls plans to close a central Kentucky plastics manufacturing plant early next year, potentially putting nearly 400 employees out of work. The Courier-Journal reports that a mass layoff notice filed with the Kentucky Office of Employment & Training on Friday says up to 392 workers could be cut in February when the facility in Louisville closes.

NuSil Technology Continues Expansion With Fourth Building

November 28, 2012 12:30 pm | News | Comments

“The expansion at Bakersfield is a long-term strategic decision for NuSil to help facilitate and maintain the growth of the company,” said Scott Mraz, President and CFO of NuSil Technology LLC. “Our goal is to increase capacity with the best available manufacturing technology, and we have made significant investments in new energy-efficient buildings and processes to accomplish this goal.”

Plastics Plant Reopening In Kentucky

October 31, 2012 8:17 am | News | Comments

A plastics company that has plants in four other Kentucky cities plans to reopen a facility in western Kentucky, creating 400 new full-time jobs in Madisonville. Berry Plastics Corp. announced Tuesday it will begin reconfiguring the Madisonville plant, with production expected to begin next year.

PolyOne To Buy Spartech Corp.

October 25, 2012 8:38 am | News | Comments

Chemical company PolyOne Corp. reported an 11 percent increase in its third-quarter net income on Wednesday and disclosed it has agreed to buy plastics products maker Spartech Corp. for $246 million in stock and cash. PolyOne makes resins used in plastic pipe and other products, and said the earnings increase reflected an improved product mix.

Myers Industries Completes Jamco Deal

October 2, 2012 11:07 am | News | Comments

Myers Industries Inc., which makes plastic products for industrial, agricultural, automotive markets, said Tuesday that it completed its acquisition of Jamco Products Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed. Jamco designs and manufactures a variety of heavy-duty industrial steel carts and safety cabinets.

Study Suggests Tie Between BPA And Child Obesity

September 18, 2012 11:01 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

While most people have traces of the plastics chemical in their bodies, the study found that children with the highest levels in their urine were twice as likely to be obese as those with the lowest. There are other factors that could explain the results, and many reasons why children gain too much weight, the researchers said.

Indian Capital To Ban Use Of All Plastic Bags

September 12, 2012 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government of India's capital is hoping that a strict ban on plastic bags will help the environment. An engineer with Delhi's government says that starting next week, the manufacture and sale of all types of plastic sheets and bags will be banned in the city, citing their environmental dangers.

Ill. Governor Rejects Plastic Bag Recycling Bill

August 27, 2012 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed a bill Sunday that would have required plastic bag manufacturers to set up collection and recycling programs, calling it a "roadblock" for local communities to make their own choices. The proposed law says manufacturers must set up recycling programs with the goal of increasing the recycling rate by 12 percent by 2015 and to eventually make bags from at least 30 percent recycled content., Coca-Cola Try To Make Recycling Hip

July 31, 2012 3:17 pm | News | Comments

Should headphones made out of recycled trash ever cost $349? Perhaps, if they're designed by musician

Eastman Chemical Joint Venture To Make China Plant

July 31, 2012 1:49 pm | News | Comments

Sinopec Yangzi Petrochemical Co. will help Eastman gain more access to fast-growing consumer packaged goods markets in Asia.

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