The Positives of Plastic

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In recent years, the plastic industry has gotten a bad reputation, particularly because of the amount of plastic waste being sent to landfills every year. A great quote from the American Chemistry Council says, “Just like you, plastics makers want to protect the environment for future generations. We’re working to ensure that plastics materials are responsibly used and then recycled-or if they can’t be recycled economically-recovered for their energy value.”

While those of us in the industry are working to reduce the amount of single use plastics and increase the amount of recycled plastic used in our products, there are so many positives of plastic that get overlooked. The use of plastics allows us to live better lives while also contributing to sustainability. Plastics actually help protect the environment by reducing waste, saving energy in our homes, reducing vehicle weight and thus less greenhouse gas emissions from using fuel, and so much more.

Plastics are everywhere and are in everything because of the many benefits they provide. Plastic is cheaper, lighter, and more versatile than most other materials. It has thermal and insulating properties, which make it ideal for house wiring and electronics. Using plastics in housing insulation makes our homes significantly more energy efficient and reduces the costs of heating and cooling. Plus, plastic valves and pipes hold up against corrosion and are cheaper and easier to install than pipes made from other materials. Plastic components in cars dramatically reduce vehicle weight and increase miles per gallon, saving the owner fuel costs and the environment from gas emissions. In addition, plastics are essential in the medical field and have cut down costs while simultaneously enhancing quality in medical components. Plastic use in medical devices have led to fewer infections, increased comfort, increased safety, and it is cheaper for the patient.

These are just a few examples of the positive impact of plastic. While plastic makers and consumers have to work together to reduce excess waste, don’t forget all of the benefits using plastics over other materials has. If you want to learn more about the benefits of plastic and educate yourself on the industry, check out these links:

Petoskey Plastics is an environmentally focused recycler and plastic film, bag and resin manufacturer providing superior products and solutions. Headquartered in Petoskey, Michigan, the company provides products and engineered solutions for a variety of industries including automotive, industrial, institutional, retail, construction and home improvement. Petoskey Plastics has facilities in Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee. Learn more at petoskeyplastics.com.

Petoskey Plastics to invest $20 million in expansion

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The Morristown City Council cleared one of the final hurdles in a $20 million expansion for Petoskey Plastics that will provide 50 new jobs and result in an additional 32,000 square feet for their facility in the Morristown Airport Industrial District.

The council on Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement with Petoskey to access a Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development FastTrack infrastructure grant.

TDECD can’t award grants directly to private companies. Morristown will apply for the grant. Petoskey will reimburse city government at a later date.

Petoskey Plastics has operated in the facility since 1999, which originally opened in 1984 as Lin Pac and then changed hands to Newcastle Packaging from 1997 to 1999.

The company, which is headquartered in Petoskey, Michigan, produces products that include retail plastic bags and converter film.

The current facility is approximately 87,000 sq. ft. and is home to just under 100 employees.

R. Jack Fishman, chair of the Morristown Industrial Board, said the announcement was exciting, not just because of the impressive investment and job creation, but also because it further strengthens Morristown’s industrial diversity.

“This a great day for Morristown, Hamblen County and the Lakeway Area,” Fishman said. “We are very pleased to see one of our local industries thriving.”

Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney offered his congratulations.

“I’d like to express my congratulations on behalf of the city of Morristown to Petoskey Plastics for its past successes, which have resulted in this plan to further its growth and its company products and services,” said Chesney. “This decision to expand is also a statement of confidence in Petoskey’s mission, its employees and Morristown’s direction as a quality place to work.”

Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain agreed.

“Congratulations to Petoskey on their success in our community,” he said. “This is a testament to managment and employees and another indicator of how Morristown is a great place to do business.”

Original article by Citizen Tribune: http://www.citizentribune.com/news/local/petoskey-plastics-to-invest-million-in-expansion/article_4723c0d4-2226-11e8-8397-6bc1f74ce328.html

Petoskey Plastics named Plastics News® 2017 Processor of the Year

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– Bill Bregar, Plastics News

Naples, FL:  Petoskey Plastics was named the 2017 Processor of the Year by Plastics News at the newspaper’s Executive Forum conference held in Naples, FL on March 7, 2018.  “We are thrilled to invite them to join the pantheon of outstanding companies that have won our Processor of the Year,” remarked Brennan Lafferty, Vice President & Group Publisher of Plastics News.

A processor is defined as a manufacturer that forms finished plastics parts.  For a private or public company or corporate operating division to qualify for the award, they must be engaged in North American plastics processing for at least the past five years.

Plastics News editorial staff then evaluated candidates in the following categories:  financial performance, customer relations, quality, technology, employee relations, environmental performance and industry/public service.  Petoskey Plastics scored well in all seven categories and was the only finalist to score well in environmental performance.  “This is a group award as the evaluation categories touches all aspects of our company.  Truly, we are a team!” said Paul Keiswetter, President & CEO.  Jason Keiswetter, Executive Vice President, said, “Being named Processor of the Year is a win and great validation that Petoskey Plastics is doing a fabulous job in so many areas.”

An in-touch customer focus helped Petoskey Plastics score well in the customer relations category.  “Direct communication is the best way to keep in touch,” explained Jason Keiswetter.  Automotive Sales Director Mike Barto stated, “We try to be as accessible as possible, and that goes all the way up to Paul.”  One customer reference described Petoskey Plastics as “very, very easy to work with.  They will be very forthcoming and resolve the issue 99 percent of the time before you are even aware anything is going on.”

After being named a finalist, Petoskey Plastics hosted Plastics News editor Donald Loepp and senior reporter Bill Bregar at their Hartford City, Indiana plant on January 11th for the final round of the Processor of the Year selection process to show the recycling lines and newest technology.  “The giant new wash line… is Petoskey’s single-biggest investment ever and proof that company management and employees want to keep moving forward,” said Bregar.

“Our Processor of the Year believes in people,” said Lafferty.  Bregar stated, “Our editorial team believes their Hello & Welcome Book is the best recruiting aid in the plastics industry as well as a useful guide for existing employees and community officials.”

“Our associates put forth so much hard work.  They are dedicated to our philosophy of continuous improvement and we are very excited for the opportunity to show them how others in the industry view their efforts.  It’s fantastic that we can have such a significant recognition coming home to our business communities of Petoskey and Birmingham, MI, Hartford City, IN and Morristown, TN,” said Jason Keiswetter.

Additional information on the award announcement and Petoskey Plastics can be found in this Plastics News’ article in the March 12, 2018 edition:

http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20180313/NEWS/180319979/in-touch-focus-helps-petoskey-plastics-win-processor-of-the-year

Plastics News is a weekly, 46,000-circulation trade newspaper delivering global news to a primarily North American market. Founded by Crain Communications Inc. in Akron, Ohio, in 1989, it covers the business of the global plastics industry.

Petoskey Plastics is an environmentally focused recycler and plastic film, bag and resin manufacturer providing superior products and solutions. Headquartered in Petoskey, Michigan, the company provides products and engineered solutions for a variety of industries including automotive, industrial, institutional, retail, construction and home improvement.  Petoskey Plastics has facilities in Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee.  Learn more at www.petoskeyplastics.com.

 

Petoskey Plastics STRIVEs to Educate Students

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Educating and encouraging the success of local youth is a cause close to the hearts of many Petoskey Plastics associates. Last Tuesday, January 9th, Petoskey Plastics played host to students and mentors from the STRIVE program. After enjoying some pizza and listening to a short educational presentation, plant associates led the guests on an insightful plant tour. Students were most interested in the variety of manufacturing jobs involved in the company’s process, like finished product packers, line operators, maintenance technicians, quality technicians, and shipping coordinators just to name a few.

STRIVE is a scholarship and jobs mentorship program for area high school students who want to improve their present educational status and their life prospects. It is a partnership between the Rotary Club of Petoskey, Petoskey High School, and North Central Michigan College. The Rotary Club of Petoskey is a group of passionate and diverse individuals dedicated to making positive changes in their community and around the world.

 

Leaving the Station

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A Great Lakes Central freight train heads south out of Petoskey near Quick Road, Tuesday afternoon. The train periodically stops at the rail yard on the south side of Petoskey near Curtis Field, delivering railroad cars of raw material for Petoskey Plastics and other area businesses.

G. Randall Goss/News-Review

 

Petoskey Plastics named finalist for Plastics News® Processor of the Year 2017

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This award honors companies with superior achievement among plastics processors.

Petoskey, MI:  Petoskey Plastics was named one of four finalists for the Plastics News Processor of the Year Award for 2017, which is sponsored by the Plastics Industry Association.  Plastics News announced the finalists in their January 8th edition.  Petoskey Plastics was named a finalist in 2016 as well and is once again the only blown film company among the finalists.

A processor is defined as a manufacturer that forms finished plastics parts.  For a private or  public company or corporate operating division to qualify for the award, they must be engaged in North American plastics processing for at least the past five years.  Candidates were then evaluated on the following criteria by members of the Plastics News’ editorial staff:

  • Financial Performance
  • Quality
  • Customer Relations
  • Employee Relations
  • Environmental Performance
  • Industry/Public Service
  • Technological
  • Innovation

The Plastics News article announcing the finalists’ states, “Environmental performance is Petoskey’s strongest category in the Processor of the Year hunt.  But judges also have high marks for financial performance and the other five categories.”

One customer reference remarked about Petoskey Plastics, “Everyone is very accessible, all the way to top management.”

Petoskey Plastics hosted Plastics News editor Donald Loepp and senior reporter Bill Bregar at their Hartford City, Indiana plant on January 11th for the final round of the Processor of the Year selection process to show the recycling lines and newest technology.  The winner will be announced on March 7th at the Plastics News Executive Forum in Naples, FL.

Plastics News is a weekly, 46,000-circulation trade newspaper delivering global news to a primarily North American market. Founded by Crain Communications Inc. in Akron, Ohio, in 1989, it covers the business of the global plastics industry.

Petoskey Plastics is an environmentally focused recycler and plastic film, bag and resin manufacturer providing superior products and solutions. Headquartered in Petoskey, Michigan, the company provides products and engineered solutions for a variety of industries including automotive, industrial, institutional, retail, construction and home improvement.

Petoskey Plastics has facilities in Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee.  Learn more at www.petoskeyplastics.com.

Broadcasted on 9&10 News: http://www.9and10news.com/2018/01/16/petoskey-plastics-nominated-2017-top-plastic-processor/ 

How Petoskey Plastics Recycles Better

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As companies become increasingly more environmentally friendly, the more often people see the words “Made with Recycled Material” on products. But what does that mean? In truth, it can mean a variety of different things. It can mean the product itself contains some amount of recycled material, the packaging is made wholly or partially of recycled material, or that recycled material was used in the process of making the product somehow. It is a very vague phrase that becomes even more confusing when the two different types of recycled material that it can refer to are introduced.

Recycled material that is used in products can either be post-industrial recycled (PIR) material or post-consumer recycled (PCR) material. In basic terms, post-industrial recycled material is product that was created, but never made it to a consumer. It is scrap from the production process most often made with virgin materials. An example of PIR material would be the bags pulled out of production to test quality. Post-consumer recycled material is something that a consumer actually bought and used, which can then be repurchased and repurposed, giving it another life. Can sacks that have been used to collect aluminum cans are a perfect example of PCR material. PCR material oftentimes needs to be sorted and washed to eliminate contaminants before it can be used in new products. The biggest environmental difference between the two is that by using PCR material in making products, a lot more waste is being diverted from landfills.

When it comes to recycling and repurposing plastic, Petoskey Plastics does it better. Petoskey Plastics started recycling almost 40 years ago and hasn’t stopped thinking green since. Petoskey Plastics’ recycling facility in Hartford City, Indiana recycles over 30 MILLION pounds of plastic every year. That is 30 million pounds not being thrown into landfills. This recycled plastic is then put back into new products, reducing the facility’s carbon footprint while simultaneously benefiting the environment. While many of Petoskey Plastics’ plastic film products contain at least some percentage of PCR material (some up to 70%) Petoskey Plastics also produces three resins that are made from 100% PCR material. But it doesn’t stop there. Petoskey Plastics is continuously trying to find new ways to reduce what gets sent to landfills. Everything from production scrap to cardboard packaging gets recycled rather than thrown in the trash.  Even drool, which is what the runoff from production is called, gets sold to other companies who use it. As a rule of thumb, Petoskey Plastics as a company tries to avoid throwing away anything that can be used again, whether by Petoskey Plastics or by another company so very little actually gets sent to the landfill.

While Petoskey Plastics’ carbon footprint is relatively small for a company in the manufacturing industry, associates are still constantly trying to push the limits of what can be saved and reused. Continuously improving processes, equipment design, and the materials put into the products allows Petoskey Plastics to keep moving forward, creating a product that is both high quality and better for the environment.

If you’d like to know more about Petoskey Plastics’ recycling process, you can watch our animated video detailing our closed loop process on our website’s sustainability page.

Petoskey Plastics is an environmentally focused recycler and plastic film, bag and resin manufacturer providing superior products and solutions. Headquartered in Petoskey, Michigan, the company provides products and engineered solutions for a variety of industries including automotive, industrial, institutional, retail, construction and home improvement. Petoskey Plastics has facilities in Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee. Learn more at petoskeyplastics.com.

Forensic Scientists Visit Petoskey Plastics

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Michigan State Police analysts gain insight on blown film plastic construction

Nineteen forensic scientists from the Michigan State Police visited Petoskey Plastics plant on Wednesday, September 27th. The scientists are analysts for the Trace Evidence and Questioned Documents units. The Questioned Documents Unit examines writing, printing, ink, paper, impressions, and other documents. The Trace Evidence Unit analyzes many types of evidence such as fibers, paint, glass, and explosives, along with fire debris and footwear and tire impressions. In addition, as explained on the Michigan.gov site, is referred to as the “catch-all” unit, receiving other evidence types when no other units are able to analyze it.

As Chris Bily writes in his article “The Evidence is in the Bag” for Evidence Magazine, “[Plastic bags] are often examined for latent prints and trace evidence but can contain much more evidentiary value. There exists other lesser-known characteristics that are imparted to a bag as a result of the manufacturing process.” As an example, these characteristics could be used to compare a plastic bag from a crime scene back to known source bags found in a suspect’s possession.

Plant associates acting as tour guides enjoyed this group of visitors because they asked such engaging questions. The scientists were particularly interested in the physical traits of the finished blown film products, such as multi-layers, perforations, and seal types, as well as Petoskey Plastics’ technological capabilities and quality lab. Scientists from the Questioned Documents Unit were especially curious about the printing process during the plant tour.

Cheryl Lozen, Technical Leader of the Michigan State Police Trace Evidence and Questioned Documents units, explained their visit is part of their annual unit meeting where all scientists from these units throughout the state of Michigan get

together for various discussions and learning opportunities.

Petoskey Plastics is an environmentally focused recycler and plastic film, bag and resin manufacturer providing superior products and solutions. Headquartered in Petoskey, Michigan, the company provides products and engineered solutions for a variety of industries including automotive, industrial, institutional, retail, construction and home improvement. Petoskey Plastics has facilities in Michigan, Indiana and Tennessee. Learn more at petoskeyplastics.com.

The Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division is a network of eight regional laboratories strategically located to serve both the urban and rural communities of the Great Lakes State. Their laboratories provide Forensic Science services in seven technical disciplines, including Biology/DNA, Firearms & Toolmarks, Trace Evidence/Questioned Documents, Toxicology, Crime Scene Response/Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Latent Prints, and Controlled Substances. Learn more at michigan.gov.

 

Manufacturing Day

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Education and the success of local youth is a focal point of some of our most exciting community outreach programs. This recent Manufacturing Day, October 6th, is one of special significance to Petoskey Plastics, as our Hartford City facility teamed up with the Jay-Blackford Manufacturing Council to host 100 juniors and seniors from two area high schools to tour our production floor and quality lab and gain valuable insight into our closed loop program.

Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield and Michigan State Senator Wayne Schmidt Tour Plant

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(Pictured from left: Executive Vice President Jason Keiswetter, State Senator Wayne Schmidt, Plant Manager Allan Hopkins, Speaker Pro Tempore for the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield, and Vice President of Operations Mike Holifield)

We were honored to host Speaker Pro Tempore for the Michigan House of Representatives Lee Chatfield and Michigan State Senator Wayne Schmidt today for a tour of our Petoskey plant.  It was a great opportunity to introduce our company, product, and significance in the industry and economy to state policymakers.