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HR On-Boarding and Training Checklists Available

MAPP conducted a benchmarking activity to collect on-boarding and training checklists from MAPP member companies.

Member companies submitted their on-boarding and training checklists to the MAPP staff. These checklists were then scrubbed of identifying company information, reviewed, organized and compiled into one concise document.

This 56-page handbook includes 28 different checklists from plastics processing companies. The handbook is broken down into categories, including generic on-boarding checklists, training checklists and job-specific checklists. Some job-specific training checklists include new operator training, set-up tech training and mold technician training checklists. Members can access this handbook through the Benchmarking Reports section of the MAPP website at no cost.

Manufacturing Day: Educational Outreach Award Winners Named

MAPP is pleased to announce its first Educational Outreach Award winners. This award was created in an effort to celebrate manufacturers who work to engage young people and their communities in the manufacturing industry. The winners were voted on by nearly 500 MAPP members, peers and colleagues on the following aspects of their initiatives: Creativity/Resourcefulness, Sustainability, Ability to Replicate in Other Companies/Areas and Overall Impact.

The winners are:
1st place: Bemis Manufacturing
2nd place: TASUS
3rd place: Plastikos

To learn more about the award and to view all of the top submissions, see page 36 and visit www.mappinc.com.

Membership Satisfaction Survey Now Open

Each year, MAPP conducts its Membership Satisfaction Survey. The results of this survey allow MAPP’s staff and Board of Directors to understand the needs of its membership and areas of opportunity. The survey, open to members through Dec. 1, looks at the various aspects of MAPP membership, including cost-reduction programs, events, benchmarking opportunities, networking opportunities and overall satisfaction with membership. MAPP members interested in participating in this survey can access the link by visiting www.mappinc.com/event-calendar. Thank you in advance for participating – your feedback helps MAPP improve!

MAPP Welcomes New Members

MAPP is pleased to welcome the following members to the MAPP organization:

  • CH3 Solutions LLC, Dalton, Georgia
  • Ferriot Inc., Akron, Ohio
  • GTM Plastics, Garland, Texas
  • InterTrade Industries, Westminster, California
  • KregTool, Huxley, Iowa
  • LMR Plastics, Greeneville, Tennessee
  • Mahle Filter Systems, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Moldamatic LLC, Penndel, Pennsylvania
  • Poly-Ject Inc., Amherst, New Hampshire
  • Primera Plastics, Zeeland, Michigan
  • Royal Technologies Corp., Hudsonville, Michigan

Cellphone Policies Benchmarking Handbook Available

Due to high interest from members on how companies are handling cellphone usage in their facilities, MAPP has released its latest human resources benchmarking handbook on cellphone policies. This handbook includes 32 cellphone policies from various MAPP members. All policies have been scrubbed of company-identifying information and compiled into one document.

The document also includes a foreword highlighting important features of the policies, including the use of phones for recording video, cellphone usage while driving, cellphone damage, emergency calls, code of conduct and possible disciplinary actions for employees who ignore the policy. This handbook is free for members and can be found under the Benchmarking Reports section at www.mappinc.com.

Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference Session Videos Available for Purchase

If you were unable to attend the 2016 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference, all programming in the main ballroom (more than 90 percent of the conference) was recorded. Was there a session that you would like to re-watch or share with your team? We are extending a special purchase price to attendees. To purchase your video copy of the 2016 Benchmarking Conference, visit www.mappinc.com to find order information.

2016 Wage and Salary Report Now Available

MAPP’s Wage and Salary Report, now in its fourteenth year, has evolved each year to encompass new job titles as well as important industry and business trends within the plastics sector. This report remains one of the very few compensation reports dedicated exclusively to the plastics manufacturing industry. The 2016 report contains comprehensive analyses on nearly 60 different job classifications from plastics processing facilities across the United States. The data in this report represent nearly 26,000 full-time and part-time employees across 27 states. This year’s report includes eight additional job titles based on feedback from previous years, as well as a breakdown by US region.

Slightly more than half (56 percent) of the job descriptions analyzed in this year’s report show wage changes above the current US inflation rate of 0.82 percent, when compared to the 2015 Wage and Salary Report. Overall, plastics manufacturing positions experienced an average of a two percent increase in wage/salary. Exactly 75 percent of plastics job titles experienced either stagnant salaries or some amount of growth in compensation. Roughly 13 percent of positions analyzed in this year’s report revealed a greater than five percent growth in wage/salary.

More information can be found in this year’s report, available for purchase under the Publications tab on www.mappinc.com.