Muncie, IN – October 2018 – TomKen Plastic Technologies, Inc. of Muncie, IN has been acquired by Canadian manufacturer QMI Group of Lakeshore, Ontario. TomKen President Bruce Carmichael was upbeat about the deal and had this to say: “I’m excited for the company to have a good future. QMI wants to stay [in Muncie] and grow here.” QMI COO Boris Garvic said that he “felt the team at TomKen was very strong.” He also said there was zero overlap between the two... more
Amazon’s new program to alleviate stubborn packaging is structured like this: We’ll pay you now to institute FRUSTRATION-FREE PACKAGING. If you don’t comply, we’ll eventually charge you for each cuss word uttered by our customer. (Our interpretation). The program is complete with its own acronym, FFP. Courtesy of Packaging Digest, read how Amazon plans to rock the packaging world. https://www.packagingdigest.com/sustainable-packaging/amazon-incentivizes-brands-to-create-frustration-free-packaging-2018-09-18/
To what length of complexity will plastic critics elevate a simple, everyday experience like drinking through a straw? Let’s investigate our options. We can choose a natural bamboo straw, which can be tossed away (literally) to decompose. We can choose an aluminum straw, but how will we keep it clean? Oh yes, it comes with its own little cleaning brush–which probably harbors bacteria, so let’s use disinfectant. We can keep all of our drinking straw supplies in a pencil-type pouch,... more
Flip through the only salary survey dedicated exclusively to the packaging professional as a sleek new digital e-book. “The most significant aspect of this year’s survey is not contained in the statistical detail. It is in the sheer number of responses,” MBS Advisors Recruiting President, Dennis Gros, says in Packaging World. See how your salary compares to more than 1,000 packaging professionals in every industry from medical device packaging to plumbing. Elite and Premium members can read the Salary Survey Report... more
The job titles tell the story. During 2018, “maintenance” job titles surprised us by representing 16% of our clients’ job requirements! Here is the frequency of the following keywords in the titles of our clients’ jobs during 2018: 27%, Sales or business Development 27% Manager 18% Technician 16% Maintenance 12% Mold or Tool 10% Engineer 6% Quality 2% Project ZERO: Design!! Doesn’t anybody want any new ideas this year?
The results of our recent poll are in and you may be surprised at what we found. We asked, What kind of impact will the Trump Tariffs have on your business? And this is what you told us. Answers Responses Significantly negative 35.44% Somewhat negative 32.91% No impact 13.92% Somewhat positive 7.59% Significantly positive 10.13%
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There are more jobs than qualified, interested job seekers. We have the statistics, and we’re not surprised. In very practical terms, here’s how the ratios play out for employers and job seekers in plastics and packaging: Employers are energetically attempting to hire for expansion. The job titles in highest demand today are sales, production management, and maintenance. Simultaneously, employers are coddling their most valuable employees. Not as many people are responding to ads, compared to one year ago. Salaries have... more