Jungle Wisdom

Even for dog doo?

Yes, your use of grocery store bags to maintain cleanliness in your neighborhood DOES qualify as reuse of plastic!  (Because WE say so!)  Here are other relevant facts about plastic bags, from bag the ban: http://www.bagtheban.com/multimedia/item/the-truth-about-plastic-bags

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What do you mean, “I quit”?

8 steps to keep your workforce happy Cutting costs and cycle time might be at the top of your list of concerns, but neglecting your employees can hurt the bottom line. Be sure you’re valuing their contributions to your company’s success. –Dennis Gros When your manufacturing floor is humming with a cadence that exudes productivity and there’s a backlog of orders, life at your molding facility couldn’t be better. But what happens when some of your most reliable and productive... more

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IOPP Webinar “Hiring and Workforce Trends in Packaging”

Get a big-picture view of the packaging employment landscape in our final webinar of the year! Dennis Gros, President of Gros Executive Recruiters, will provide insight into hiring managers’ decisions by revealing how overall business and economic trends have affected expectations of packaging professionals. Gros, who founded IoPP Benefactor Gros Executive Recruiters, serves as a senior consultant for the annual IoPP Salary Survey. He will analyze hiring trends in sales, design and production and discuss the need for business soft... more

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Hiring? It’s not simple!

  Hiring companies can advertise their positions on GrosRecruiters.com at no charge.  But hiring a new employee is rarely simple. Here are some tips to make the process easier. The most important aspect of a successful job campaign is appeal. Your goal is to encourage qualified candidates to rank your company first on their list.  Here’s how to plan for a productive  advertising campaign and hire on http://grosrecruiters.com/jobs/add/ If your script leans toward job requirements, your readers will exclude themselves before they apply! ... more

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We promise overtime

Overtime, sign-on bonus, and other non-wage compensation components are among the enticements noted by the Federal Reserve System to entice new employees.  This report is included in the October “Beige Book” published by the FED.  The economists described compensation trends as “modest to moderate wage pressures” at this time.  Within skilled manufacturing and several other economic sectors, employers experience difficulty in finding qualified workers. Here’s a link to the Beige Book:    https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/files/BeigeBook_20171018.pdf

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Light the Night – for LLS

Research to eventually cure blood diseases takes a personal turn toward the plastics industry this year, as the head of the Plastics Industry Association confronts the disease himself.  Bill Carteaux is raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as he deals with acute myeloid leukemia and prepares for a bone marrow transplant.  His goal is $100,000 by October 21.  You can contribute at http://pages.lightthenight.org/nca/WashDC17/bcarteaux

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From the farm, genetically engineered

The story behind MissVickie’s potato chips is bucolic.  “Miss Vickie wanted better chips for her family, so she made them using ingredients fresh from her family’s farm.” Now continue reading on the left column, two lines above the barcode.  “Partially Produced with Genetic Engineering”.  Apparently Miss Vickie had a lab.  Click to see the package.

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Sit down, let’s talk about recycling

Have a seat in your new classroom desk, made from recycled food wrap!  African children will see 500 new desks this school year, from collected waste materials.  And what they learn from the project goes far beyond a textbook. https://www.packworld.com/article/sustainability/recycling/school-desks-made-plastic-waste-close-loop

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