Friends of Manufacturing

Flex-N-Gate's new Detroit plant to prioritize city residents for jobs

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Auto part supplier Flex-N-Gate has committed to hiring Detroiters first for the 400 jobs the company is creating with the construction of a new parts plant in the city's I-94 Industrial Park that's expected to begin early metal-stamping production by April.

"That's our commitment," Flex-N-Gate owner Shahid Khan said Monday after giving Mayor Mike Duggan a tour of the 450,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.

Khan said starting wages for the jobs would be announced at a later date.

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USG’s Jennifer Scanlon Named to Executive Committee of Manufacturers Association Board of Directors

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO of USG Corporation, was named to the Executive Committee of the NAM Board of Directors. 

Founded in 1895, the NAM, guided by its Board of Directors, is the largest industrial trade association in the United States with more than 14,000 members and is the nation’s most influential advocate for manufacturing. The NAM’s membership includes some of the world’s most iconic brands and many of the small manufacturers that power the U.S. economy. More than 90 percent of the NAM’s members are small and medium-sized businesses.

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Pfizer’s Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen Named to Executive Committee of Manufacturers Association Board of Directors

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that Kirsten Lund-Jurgensen, Ph.D., executive vice president, Pfizer, and president, Pfizer Global Supply, has been named to the Executive Committee of the NAM Board of Directors. Lund-Jurgensen, who was named to the NAM Board of Directors in October, will join the NAM Executive Committee to advance a manufacturing policy agenda that promotes growth and prosperity for all Americans.

Founded in 1895, the NAM, guided by its Board of Directors, is the largest industrial trade association in the United States with more than 14,000 members and is the nation’s most influential advocate for manufacturing. The NAM’s membership includes some of the world’s most iconic brands and many of the small manufacturers that power the U.S. economy. More than 90 percent of the NAM’s members are small and medium-sized businesses.

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Global market for plastic products to reach $1.175 trillion by 2020

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The global market for plastic products is growing at about 3% year on year, according to research from the Business Research Co. (Philadelphia) in its report, Plastics Product Manufacturing Global Market 2017. It was worth $1.06 trillion in 2016, and will grow to $1.175 trillion by 2020. The biggest segment is plastic packaging materials and unlaminated film and sheet manufacturing, which accounts for about 20% of the total.

The United States and China are neck and neck as markets for plastic products manufacturers, though China is likely to draw ahead soon, as its market is growing at 3% year on year versus 1.6% for the United States. The markets in India and Brazil, though small by comparison with China and the United States, are the fastest growing of the big economies at more than 8% annually.

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