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  1. Why blue food grade materials exist

    Have you ever seen "food grade" and wondered what made those materials different? While USDA, 3A, NSF, etc have different certifications and requirements to be met, in general there are things that help differentiate these materials for food contact. In recent years, there has been a stronger and stronger push for "food grade" materials to be blue in color specifically...
  2. The climb continues into April

    As we wind down March and approach April, the hope was that resin supplies would begin to recover from the February storms that caused so many issues. Unfortunately, this has not been the case thus far. Actually, quite the opposite as we are seeing prices increasing still, as we had the entire way through March. Fortunately, most plants have re-opened...
  3. Prices continue to climb

    Unfortunately, prices of plastics are continuing to climb within the industry, almost universally. As refineries and plants continue to come back online, the supply continues to be extremely limited for a number of materials, but specifically polypropylene and polyethylene. Unfortunately, the record highs we're seeing are also being seen in many other commodity materials, such as PVC as well. Following...
  4. Price increases and a series of unfortunate events

    We're now into March of 2021, and we're seeing continued price increases almost universally across all types of plastics. However, certain materials have been hit harder than others, and within this post we'll explore what is happening currently. Winter Storm Uri (Feb. 13-17, 2021) and Winter Storm Viola (Feb. 15-20, 2021) brought significant challenges to large portions of the country...
  5. Finishes, planning for finishes

    Hello and welcome back to kick of 2021! Today we're going to discuss finishes. Both surface finishes and colors can impact your final product and part. With that said, its very important to allow room to finish to size, allow room to finish to the desired surface finish, and temper expectations for color matching. Unfortunately, this can mean it is...
  6. Our New Normal

    As more people return to doing things they way they had before the pandemic started, one common sight will remain to be clear barriers. These simple additions ensure extra protection for their employees, as well as their customers to help limit the spread of Covid19. While a simple panel works well in situations like a drive-through window, freestanding options are...