March 5, 2018
On Friday, March 2nd, the dean of the University of Akron’s College of Polymer Science and Engineering (CPSE), Eric Amis, announced he would relinquish his position in June of this year. This is just the latest in a reduction of staff that the college has seen over the past two to three years–staff that has not been replaced by the financially strapped university.
December 13, 2017
While Congress considers the new tax reform plan, you may want a jump start on what the plan could mean for the R&D Tax Credit. You can be certain that tax professionals such as those with our partner Tax Credits Group are keeping a close eye on the progress of the tax reform. Their expertise allows them to shed some light on what you should know now, even though the reform has yet to be finalized.
October 10, 2017
If recent trends are correct, now could be a very good time to own a polymer, plastics or specialty chemical company if you are interested in selling. According to Bill Ridenour, founder of Polymer Transaction Advisors, pricing for these companies is at the highest it’s ever been in terms of multiple earnings.
October 2, 2017
The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) has opened the application process for the 2018 Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Program. From their News Release: “Online applications will be accepted on a first-come, first- served basis and can be submitted on October 12, 2017 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.”. Read the full News Release…
May 25, 2017
PolymerOhio has added three new informative presentations to its summer schedule. These presentations will give attending manufacturers a chance to learn from experts on topics that are important to their business operations. All presentations are free to attend; registration is required to reserve your spot.
May 19, 2017
The National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has released a Fact Sheet on the recent WannaCry Ransomware cyber attack. According to SecureState, a global management cybersecurity consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio, industries running legacy systems — such as many manufacturers — are still at a high risk of infection. The information released by NCCIC in their fact sheet, as well as the information relayed in SecureState’s recent article on WannaCry, are important reads for those in the manufacturing industry.
September 1, 2016
Disrupt Your Customer Relationships to Spark Innovation WRITTEN BY Marc Benevento, Industrial Market Insight Too often, industrial manufacturers fail to identify emerging customer needs because the same people have the same stale conversations with customers. Because new products and services will be in demand only if they solve significant customer problems, the ability to bring […]
August 12, 2016
Vadxx Energy Establishes Waste Plastic to EcoFuel™ Facility in Akron As stated by JobsOhio: “Ohio’s polymer industry is supported by a world-class supply chain of academic and technical institutions, designers and material suppliers, mold builders, resin suppliers and compounders, plastic and polymer processors, industry associations and economic development groups.” And now it is also home […]
July 13, 2016
Ohio’s Perfect Polymer Storm Ohio has a complete ecosystem for plastics and rubber manufacturing. According to Karthik Avadhanula in his article “Plastics Innovation in Ohio: The Silicon Valley of Polymer Science”, Ohio’s “plastic and rubber companies are in a central U.S. location in close proximity to an end-to-end supply chain offering unmatched strategic opportunities.” Only […]
April 15, 2016
BioPlastics demand is growing far faster than the overall plastics market. Worldwide demand for biobased plastics is forecasted to see 8-12% annual growth through 2020, far out pacing conventional plastics.1 Packaging is the largest market, but there are significant opportunities in automotive and consumer goods as well.