From restaurants to plastics, young CEO plots a course

Tyson Daniels’ journey to plastics company president has followed an unusual path — through the restaurant industry. The 35-year-old owns and leads the small Allentown, Pa., injection molding company Polymer Contours Inc., which he bought in 2015 after serving as director of operations for a local fast food franchisee with seven stores.

While it might sound like a strange transition, Daniels has always had an entrepreneurial bent and had worked around plastics manufacturing.

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Resin Supply Chain Issues: Suppliers Offer Perspective, Solutions

Uncertainty in the resin supply chain is sending ripples through the plastics industry and into end markets. The result has been predictable: price increases for the processor at the time of resin purchase. What are the biggest issues facing the resin industry at the moment, and what can the processor do to alleviate some of the pressure?

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Resin distributors see success amid challenges of 2018

North American resin distributors are seeing some good things so far in 2018, even if the market is facing some challenges. Most distribution executives contacted for this story said that their firms’ results were up — in dollars or volume in pounds or both — in the first half of the year. Chase Plastics Services Inc. President Kevin Chase said his Clarkston, Mich.-based firm has seen volume up substantially at rates he described as “high single-digit” and three times that of U.S. GDP growth.

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Resin distributors need someone behind the wheel

Roll on, 18-wheelers: A shortage of truck drivers is impacting the resin distribution market.

At Chase Plastics Services Inc. in Clarkston, Mich., President Kevin Chase said that his firm “used to be able to get a truck within 24 hours, but now it takes four or five days.” He added that profit margins are being squeezed by higher transportation costs and higher wages for drivers, as well as by raw material cost and volatility.

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Largest Show In History For NPE2018: The Plastics Show

May 11, 2018, Orlando, Fla. — The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) today concluded NPE2018: The Plastics Show, the largest plastics show in North America that attracts plastics producers from around the world. This show has been the largest in history, with more than 2,180 exhibiting companies showcasing innovations in plastics in more than 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space on the tradeshow floor. But metrics aside, there were strategic additions to the show that made it feel bigger and better than ever.

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Chase Plastics a ‘big believer’ in greatness, culture

March Madness basketball shootouts, Super Bowl dish cook-offs, potlucks for holidays, family-inclusive company picnics, dress-up days and cornhole tournaments are just some of the countless entertaining and engaging activities offered to the 128 employees at Chase Plastics Services Inc.

“We hosted last weekend a Saturday night movie event at our office for all the families,” Kevin Chase, president of Clarkston, Mich.-based Chase Plastics Services, said during a February phone interview.

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