Next SPE Carolina Event

Society of Plastics Engineers Carolina & Piedmont Sections Presents
January Tour and Speaker
Hayward Industries, Inc.
January 9, 2018
5:30 PM – 7:30PM
Come see Hayward’s injection and blow molding facility, a leader in
pumps, valves, and pool products.
Guest Speaker
Tony Ward
Full service engineering & automation company
located in Salisbury, NC.

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The President’s Corner

 Presidents Message   May 2017

As we complete the 2016-2017 SPE year I want to thank all of the Section Board members for their hard work toward making this year a success. I think that our Section is on the road to becoming more active and I think that we are seeing more interest in our programs by our members. With “new blood” entering the Board I think that next year will be more interesting and more fun than ever.

I also want to take this opportunity to welcome Jim Brickley as the incoming Section President. I think he will do a fine job and I am enthusiastic about what I have heard about next fall! It will be lots of fun. Continue reading “The President’s Corner”

Membership Chairman’s Monthly Report

Membership Chairman's Monthly ReportDear SPE members,
Thanks to you, we are one of the strongest local groups in the USA with over 200 members! It is our diversity in background that makes it possible to widen our horizons. When we meet and introduce ourselves, we network! This not only helps to promote you and your company as a brand, but helps all the others to learn about a valuable resource available in their immediate back yard. Continue reading “Membership Chairman’s Monthly Report”

Technology and Business Articles

Syracuse University Plastics Museum

The Plastics Collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, and over 2,500 plastic objects produced from the late-19th Century to the present day that represent facets of the development of the plastics industry. The collection includes papers related to individual plastic innovators and to companies, both exceptional and representative of developments in plastics production, design and marketing. Continue reading “Technology and Business Articles”

Hass Racing Tour

At our April 10th SPE meeting we had the privilege for a behind the scenes tour of Stewart Haas Racing’s 200,000 sq. ft. facility located in Kannapolis, NC.   This is home to a title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas CNC machining centers. I would love to show you some pictures but it is a top-secret facility so no cameras were allowed.  We were able to see their advanced machining center with HAAS top of the line equipment used to make custom parts for the cars.  It was similar to seeing a world class injection molding tooling shop and it ran 7 days a week to keep up with demand.   Then we toured the area where cars come back from the race and were torn down completely, rebuilt from chassis up and then inspected with top of the line 3D laser scanning systems to insure quality control.

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The Future is Now: 3-D Printers are Poised to Disrupt the Economy

3D Printing
MultiBriefs: Ronnie Richard, May 16, 2016

It’s Monday morning. Your alarm goes off, and you slowly spill out of bed. You shuffle along to the kitchen and pour a fresh cup of coffee in your favorite mug — all set to start a new work week.

But as you reach for some sweetener to add in, your arm knocks the mug off the counter, shattering it on the floor. How do you replace it? Continue reading “The Future is Now: 3-D Printers are Poised to Disrupt the Economy”

Edcational Support Programs for Junior High & High Schools

It’s Goolsby Scholarship Time Again: Deadline March 2, 2018

Applications for the Richard Goolsby Scholarship Fund are now available online from Foundation For The Carolinas. The scholarship was created by William and Martha DeBrule in honor of Richard Goolsby, a plastics pioneer, and is sponsored by the Carolinas Section Society of Plastics Engineers.

The Fund provides college scholarships to students who have expressed career interest or demonstrated practical interest in the plastics industry with preference given to students living in the geographical area served by the Carolinas section of the Society of Plastic Engineers.

We ask your assistance in making your students and associates aware of this opportunity. If you have an organization or school newsletter, please feel free to post an announcement or spread the news via word of mouth and email.

Graduate and undergraduate applications are available through the Foundation website at Application deadline is March 2,2018.

 If you have any questions regarding the eligibility requirements or application procedures, please feel free to contact Qiana Austin at Foundation For The Carolinas email: You may also contact any Carolinas Section Board Member or Sue Booth at 704.641.6287/ email:

A copy of the Goolsby flyer is attached should you wish to print and post.

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