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  • Master of control

    Issue: October 2017

    Raymond Kelly, VP of engineering for Conair Group, designed his first product for the plastics industry more than three decades ago. It was a multi-purpose control. [more]

  • West Coast design pioneer

    Issue: September 2017

    Rich Freeman, CEO of Freetech Plastics, a thermoforming company he founded more than 40 years ago, knows what it is like to survive and thrive in Silicon Valley. [more]

  • Solving the problem that 'didn't exist'

    Issue: August 2017

    John P. Beaumont, founder of Beaumont Technologies, a leader for in-mold rheological control technologies, is also an inventor, educator and author. But [more]

  • American dream come true

    Issue: July 2017

    Demetre Loulourgas was certain about two things when he was growing up in Athens, Greece — he would work in a tool shop and it would be in the U.S. [more]

  • Lighting manufacturers see opportunity with LSR

    Issue: June 2017

    The liquid silicone rubber (LSR) molding machinery business is booming, driven by new optical products, growing demand in medical products and reshoring. [more]

  • From bakery to Bekum

    Issue: June 2017

    Martin Stark was miserable. New to America, and with limited English, he started working the overnight shift in a Chicago-area bakery when a newspaper [more]

  • Father of ultrasonic welding

    Issue: May 2017

    A mechanical engineer by trade, Bob Soloff began creating his legacy in the plastics industry with his accidental invention of ultrasonic welding. He founded Sonics & Materials in 1969. [more]

  • Robots are here to help with jobs, not take them

    Issue: May 2017

    It is a lot to ask, but we need the manufacturers of automation equipment and robots to save the nation's manufacturing economy. Think about it like [more]

  • Wait! Let me polish my crystal ball

    Issue: March 2017

    The unreported story at trade shows is often what exhibitors are saying about business conditions. We rarely get out of a booth without hearing the familiar [more]

  • Rotoline's Bob Sly rolling on

    Issue: April 2017

    From his start at a knife business, Bob Sly began carving out a place for himself in the plastics industry, moving first to fill a need for pulverizers. He now is a co-owner of Rotoline. [more]