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.

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Michigan Works! Helps Job Seeker and Employer

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When she lost her job in December of 2016, Cheri Marshall says she knew the Petoskey Northwest Michigan Works! Center would be her first stop.

“Since moving back to Michigan they had assisted me in obtaining gainful employment,” said Marshall. “The entire team at Michigan Works had always been extremely helpful whenever I stopped by the office.”

“Since moving back to Michigan they had assisted me in obtaining gainful employment,” said Marshall. “The entire team at Michigan Works had always been extremely helpful whenever I stopped by the office.”

The staff at Michigan Works helped Marshall with her resume and also provided job search assistance and employer referrals. Marshall also received Supportive Services in the form of gas cards and was referred to the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialist who provided intensive pre-vocational services.

At the same time they were assisting Marshall, the staff at Michigan Works was also working with Petoskey Plastics to help the company fill an Accounting Coordinator position. Petoskey Plastics has an ongoing relationship with Northwest Michigan Works!, which has included On-the-Job training funding for employees and assistance with Skilled Trades Training Fund applications.

The staff at Michigan Works referred Marshall to Petoskey Plastics and she was hired for the Accounting Coordinator position. Marshall also qualified for the On-the-Job training program which covered part of the cost of her wages while she was training for the new position.

“Working with Northwest Michigan Works! has been a really valuable experience for Petoskey Plastics,” said Molly Fitz Henry, HR and Payroll Coordinator at Petoskey Plastics. “Not only did we snag a fantastic new Accounting Coordinator in Cheri, building a relationship with Michigan Works! gives us access to a great pool of local candidates for future openings.”

“I can’t stress enough how grateful I am for all the assistance I have received from Northwest Michigan Works! and from the Disabled Veteran Outreach Program as I probably wouldn’t be employed in my dream job as I am now without all of their help,” said Marshall. “They worked as a team to assist me landing not just a job, but a position that truly suits my abilities and ambitions.”

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Elementary Students from St. Francis Xavier School Visit Petoskey Plastics Plant

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Petoskey, MI: Elementary students from Mrs. Daniel’s class at St. Francis Xavier School visited the Petoskey plant on Friday, February 10, 2017. Thirty students were split into groups of five along with a chaperone to provide safe and manageable tours through the manufacturing facility. Petoskey Plastics showed the students how plastic bags are manufactured and packaged with all of the helping hands of the plant associates.

Daniel stated, The children really enjoyed seeing a working factory and all of the jobs that it encompasses. The tour fit perfectly into our Michigan/Entrepreneur studies.

Students found the fast-moving blown plastic bubbles to be fascinating and the small resin pebbles in the big bins were fun to play with.

Pat Gammon, HR Generalist for Petoskey Plastics, stated, “The children in my tour group were very interested in the texture of the different resins as well as the amount of recycling that takes place in the plant.”

At the end of the tour, students received a roll of trash bags that were manufactured at the Petoskey plant.

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 Wins 3M Supplier of the Year Award

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Award recognizes suppliers who improve 3M’s competitiveness or drive sustainability

 

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Petoskey Plastics was honored with the 2016 3M Supplier of the Year Award in recognition of the company’s contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness and helping to drive sustainability.

This year, 3M recognized 11 suppliers among thousands in its global supply base for world class performance in providing products and/or services.  These suppliers were identified and rated based on strategic spend, contract compliance, actions taken to improve 3M’s relevance and overall supplier performance (quality, delivery, responsiveness, cost, technology roadmaps).  An awards ceremony and dinner were held on September 11th and 12th at 3M’s St. Paul campus.

“Our suppliers are critical to our ability to execute our business strategies, benefit our customers and reach our 2025 Sustainability Goals,” said 3M’s Vice President of Sourcing Operations. “We are fortunate to work with great suppliers who are committed to maintaining a partnership with 3M and helping us service our global customers with the innovative and valuable solutions they expect. It’s important that we recognize our most outstanding suppliers, and that’s what this award is all about.”

Petoskey Plastics named finalist for Plastics News Processor of the Year -Reported by Citizen Tribune

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Petosky Plastics, based in Michigan, has been nominated for 2016 Processor of the Year by Plastics News, one of just four companies in the United States. Management staff from the Morristown facility recently gathered for a holiday photo.


PETOSKEY, MICHIGAN — Petoskey Plastics was named one of four finalists for the Plastics News Processor of the Year Award for 2016, which is sponsored by the Plastics Industry Association.

Petoskey Plastics is the only blown film company among the finalists. The company has a manufacturing facility located in the Morristown Airport Industrial District, with 101 employees.

The winner of the Processor of the Year Award will be announced in March.

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 have been engaged in North American plastics processing for at least the past five years.

Candidates were then evaluated on criteria by members of the Plastics News’ editorial staff:

– financial performance
– quality
– customer relations
– employee relations
– environmental performance
– industry/public service
– technological innovation

Petoskey scored well in the environmental performance criteria. The judges gave the company high marks in other criteria, especially financial performance, customer relations, industry and public service and technology, according to an article featured in Plastics News.

Financially, sales have more than doubled in just seven years — from $67 million in 2009 to about $135 million in 2016. Sales steadily increased each year during that stretch. The company employs 400 people.

Given Petoskey’s expertise in recycled film products, the judges also were impressed by its technology.

“Making multi-layer blown film is hard enough, and producing that film with a high level of recycled plastics makes it that much more challenging,” a judge was quoted as saying.

Petoskey Plastics has earned a reputation as a maker of environmentally friendly film, bags and packaging — in an effort that began in 1978, when the company began recycling, and moved ahead in 1992 when Petoskey began offering closed-loop recycling for its customers.

That’s been an ongoing effort. In 2015, Petoskey Plastics reused more than 30 million pounds of plastic.

The company runs 26 blown film extrusion lines and numerous converting lines.

Petoskey can run multi-layer films with virgin resin layers surrounding a middle layer made with up to 70 percent post-consumer recycled plastic. The company makes three-layer and five-layer film.

“What sets us apart from other film producers is the ability to incorporate recycled polyethylene into our multi-layer film structures to produce cost-effective products that are a superior option for our customers and the environment,” Petoskey wrote in its submission for the Processor of the Year Award.

In May, the company won the Closing the Loop Award from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The company was founded by Paul Keiswetter, president and CEO, in 1969. Thirty years later, the company bought the assets of a polyethylene film extrusion plant in Morristown. Then in 2007, the film maker opened a new corporate headquarters in downtown Petoskey, and later that year, renovated a former garage door factory in Hartford City, Indiana, converting the building to a 330,000-square-foot recycling facility. In 2013, the business added blown film manufacturing and converting lines to Hartford City.

The family-owned company plays an outsized role in the three small towns where it manufactures. In 2015, Petoskey Plastics made financial donations to about 90 different charitable organizations — many targeted to efforts to support local children.

To help Flint, Michigan cope with its drinking water crisis, Petoskey Plastics donated recycled-content bags to help collect empty PET water bottles that piled up. The bottles went to Shupan Recycling, another Michigan-based company.

Company leaders are committed to promoting manufacturing to young people, through programs like donating a blown film lab line to a local college for its traveling lab. Other efforts include career days, plant tours and participation in Manufacturing Day.

Markets for the film and bag supplier include automotive, recycling, packaging, construction, medical, institutional, private label and retail. Applications are all over the map. For example, the company developed a number of different film products for the automotive market, everything from seat and steering wheel covers used in auto service, to sheets for masking during painting. Grip-N-Guard film is self-adhering, for home improvement projects.

Petoskey Plastics claims more than 5,000 customers around the world, including more than 30 Fortune 500 companies. Last fall, Petoskey won 3M’s Supplier of the Year Award — one of only 11 suppliers so honored — for helping drive its competitiveness and sustainability.

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.

-From Staff and Contributed Reports

http://www.citizentribune.com/petoskey-plastics-named-finalist-for-plastics-news-processor-of-the-year/

Petoskey Plastics named finalist for Plastics News® Processor of the Year 2016

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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 2016, which is sponsored by the Plastics Industry Association. Petoskey Plastics is the only blown film company among the finalists. The winner will be announced in March.

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 accompanying article about the finalists states, “Given Petoskey’s expertise in recycled film products, the judges also were impressed by its technology. Making multi-layer blown film is hard enough, and producing that film with a high level of recycled plastics makes it that much more challenging.”

One customer reference remarked, “Petoskey has a long-term outlook, is a company that forges a partnership that helps solve problems, and it even helps suggest opportunities in new markets.”
Additional information on the award and Petoskey Plastics can be found in this Plastics News’ article in the January 9, 2017 edition:
http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20170109/NEWS/170109923/finalists-named-for-plastics-news-processor-of-the-year-award#tagID_46

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.

How can I Use that? Opportunities Abound w/ High Density Sheeting

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Today we’re going to take a look at a great plastics product we produce and is quite a universal handy commodity. The high density sheeting.  It’s a product that doesn’t get a whole lot of the spotlight in the construction and home improvement world, but can be used in just about any of your daily projects.

You can find it in local mom and pop hardware shops, and big box stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s, but do you really know how you can use it? If you haven’t before, it might not look like much coming off the roll, but in reality there’s so many reasons to have some on hand.

Here are a few ways that you, whoever you are, can use this product at home or on the job.

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