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

Richard Goolsby Scholarship

The Richard Goolsby Scholarship Committee recently awarded $15,500 to area students who have demonstrated career interests in plastics while meeting other criteria for financial need and academic merit. The 2017/2018 award recipients are enrolled in programs at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina A&T State University, Clemson University and Ohio State University.

Since 1989 the Goolsby Scholarship has awarded $347,550 to one hundred and twenty two students. Several have graduated with honors and joined our industry. Members of the Goolsby committee experience great pleasure in meeting and interviewing the recipients. This year’s recipients are all STEM students (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math).   Each year the committee is impressed with the intelligence, creativity and drive of the students we meet.   Continue reading “Edcational Support Programs for Junior High & High Schools”