Canadian Plastics


October 24, 2014  

Moldmaker Unique Tool adding new capital equipment, staff

Windsor, Ont.-based moldmaker Unique Tool & Gauge is making a multi-million dollar capital equipment investment, and has also announced plans to hire at least 30 new workers.

September 25, 2014  

SPE appoints Russell Broome as managing director

The Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) has appointed industry veteran – and former SPE president – Russell Broome as its new managing director.

September 10, 2014  

Ontario safety blitz targets material handling hazards

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour (MOL) is launching a work place safety blitz that will focus on hazards involving material handling to ensure workers are safe on the job.

July 29, 2014  

Engel’s automation group adds new staff

York, Pa.-based injection molding machine supplier Engel North America has added five new staff members to its automation group.

July 23, 2014  

Conair appoints new sales managers

Auxiliary equipment supplier The Conair Group has appointed some well-known industry figures to its sales management team.

July 8, 2014  

SPE looking for new managing director

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is searching for a new managing director.

June 27, 2014  

RJG strengthens its Canadian presence

Process control systems supplier RJG Inc., of Traverse City, Mich., has added staff to increase its presence in Canada.

May 18, 2014  

GM fined $34M for botched ignition switch recall, also recalls more vehicles

General Motors has been fined the maximum penalty of $35 million by U.S. safety regulators for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths, and is also issuing another huge recall over an…

May 9, 2014  

Kevin Bell joins Hamilton Plastic Systems

Kevin Bell has joined Mississauga, Ont.-based auxiliary equipment supplier Hamilton Plastic Systems Ltd. as technical sales representative for Western Ontario.

May 1, 2014  

Nova CEO Randy Woelfel steps down

Randy Woelfel, the CEO of Calgary-based polyethylene maker Nova Chemicals Corp., has stepped down after four years at the company’s helm.

April 23, 2014  

GM restructures engineering staff

In response to a massive safety recall, General Motors is restructuring its Global Vehicle Engineering organization.

April 1, 2014  

VersaFlex boosts presence in Canada, U.S.

VersaFlex Inc, a formulator and manufacturer of polyurea protective coatings, liners and sealants, is expanding its technical sales and service operations into regionally staffed units across Canada and the U.S.

March 30, 2014  

Woman killed at Ontario blow mold shop

A 30-year-old woman is dead after a March 29 industrial accident at Woodbridge, Ont.-based blow molder CRS Plastics Ltd.

March 12, 2014  

PolyOne head Stephen Newlin to retire

After eight years, Stephen Newlin is stepping down as head of material supplier PolyOne Corporation, to be replaced by Robert M. Patterson.

March 10, 2014  

B.C. signs on to Canada Job Grant

British Columbia is the latest province to sign a framework agreement with the federal government on the Canada Job Grant.

February 27, 2014  

Husky making global organizational changes; Michael Urquhart to retire

Husky Injection Molding Systems is making changes to its global organization, creating a new combined business unit dedicated to medical and specialty packaging; the company has also announced the retirement of long-time veteran Michael…

February 12, 2014  

2014 budget gives boosts to exports, auto sector, and technical training

The 2014 federal budget will provide Ontario’s battered manufacturing sector with more than $1 billion in spending over the next two years to help the auto industry and build a new bridge to the U.S. at Windsor, Ont.

February 11, 2014  

Axel Plastics Research names new Canadian sales rep

Mold release and process aid additives maker Axel Plastics Research Laboratories Inc., headquartered in Woodside, N.Y., has named Larry Lambert as Midwest and Pacific Northwest regional sales manager, also responsible for the provinces of…

February 7, 2014  

Skills gap top barrier to Canadian competitiveness: Chamber of Commerce

Canada’s growing skills gap is the greatest impediment to business success, according to a new report from The Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

January 31, 2014  

Feds add $1 million to skills training program

The federal government is channeling another $1 million into a manufacturing skills training program aimed at filling skilled labor gaps in Canadian industry.

January 13, 2014  

Five dead after blast at chemical plant in Japan

An explosion at a chemical factory in central Japan killed at least five workers and injured 17 others, according to authorities.

December 16, 2013  

Ontario develops first workplace health and safety strategy

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour has developed what it calls the province’s first integrated strategy to prevent injuries and improve the delivery of workplace health and safety.

October 30, 2013  

Looming skilled labor shortage in Canada is exaggerated: TD economists

A new report from the TD Bank claims that fears of a looming labor shortage in Canada as the workforce ages are largely unfounded.  

September 25, 2013  

Canadian economy lost $16.6 billion due to absenteeism: Conference Board

The Canadian economy lost $16.6 billion in 2012 due to absenteeism, according to a study by the Conference Board of Canada.

August 27, 2013  

Fears of a U.S. manufacturing skills shortage are exaggerated: report

The projected shortage of skilled labor in the U.S. will be far less of a problem than many people believe in the short term, and it is unlikely to prevent a resurgence in U.S. manufacturing in the next few years, according to a new report…

August 26, 2013  

First health study on fracking outlines potential effects

A project examining the local health impacts from natural gas drilling is providing some of the first preliminary numbers about people who may be affected, and the results challenge the industry position that no one suffers but also suggest the…

August 25, 2013  

290,000 jobs went unfilled in Canada in Q2: report

The job vacancy rate dropped in the second quarter but there are still 290,000 full- and part-time private sector jobs unfilled for four months or more, according to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

August 22, 2013  

PolyOne names new president of its Performance Products and Solutions business

Resin supplier PolyOne Corporation has a new senior vice president and president of its Performance Products and Solutions business.

July 30, 2013  

Sarnia plastics recycler fined after worker injury

A Sarnia, Ont.-based plastics recycler has been fined $410,000 after a worker was pinned and injured by a bale of plastic three years ago.

July 27, 2013  

Eastman wins Tritan lawsuit against CertiChem/PlastiPure

Specialty chemical maker Eastman Chemical Company has won a lawsuit that dealt with claims of estrogenic activity in the firm’s Tritan-brand copolyester.

July 24, 2013  

Pittman new president of Bulk Molding Compounds

Steve Pittman has been appointed president of Chicago-based Bulk Molding Compounds Inc., the thermoset division of compounder Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc.

July 15, 2013  

FDA bans BPA in infant formula packaging

The Food and Drug Administration will ban the use of bisphenol A (BPA)-based epoxy resins in coatings for baby formula packaging in the U.S., according to a ruling published on July 12.