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China tariffs will hit hard for consumers, independent businesses

For many Americans, President Donald Trump's trade war may soon get very real. His administration is preparing to extend 25% tariffs to practically all Chinese imports not already hit with duties, including toys, sneakers, shirts, alarm clocks, toasters and coffeemakers. That's roughly $300 billion worth of products on top of the $250 billion targeted earlier. "The administration's decision to announce a tax on every product coming from China puts America's entire economy at risk," the...
Tony Ward, left, and Bob Leadingham inspect parts in the tool room at Hoffer Plastics on May 13, 2019 in South Elgin. The custom injection molding company shifted suppliers from China to other countries, such as Vietnam, after the first round of tariffs last year. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune)

Fallout from China trade war: Illinois firms say you’ll pay extra for furniture, scooters … and a lot more

Tony Ward, left, and Bob Leadingham inspect parts in the tool room at Hoffer Plastics on May 13, 2019 in South Elgin. The custom injection molding company shifted suppliers from China to other countries, such as Vietnam, after the first round of tariffs last year. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune) With China and the United States embroiled in an all-out trade war, Illinois companies are scrambling to find new overseas suppliers, even as...
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Hoffer Plastics adds high-speed lining machine for signature Drop-Lok closures

Hoffer Plastics Corp. (South Elgin, IL) is known for its innovations in cap and closure technology, including its signature Drop-Lok closures used in a range of rigid and flexible pouch packaging across many industries. The closure features a traditional one-motion, twist-off design, and is available in many types of resin. In many Drop-Lok applications, a lined cap is a key element, providing a crucial barrier for product integrity, quality, shelf life and, most importantly, safety....
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Hoffer hopes to lead family business to 100 years

Alex Hoffer Founded in 1953 by Robert and Helen Hoffer, Hoffer Plastics Corp. is a custom injection molder that serves customers in the packaging, automotive, appliance and consumer industrial industries. Hoffer Plastics was named the Plastics News Processor of the Year in 2012. Alex Hoffer's first job at Hoffer Plastics was to clean the air conditioners on top of the 365,000-square-foot facility in South Elgin, Ill. "It was hot, boring, and...
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Highlighting the best millennials in plastics

From golf to fast food restaurants and even newspapers, it seems like millennials get accused of ruining or killing industries all the time. I often get frustrated when my generation gets maligned in the media and elsewhere. Yes, don't let the bald head fool you: Technically, I'm a millennial. When it comes to gripes about my generation in the workplace, the typical refrain is that millennials are entitled. Conventional wisdom is because we were given...
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Packaging double header: Hoffer Plastics scores two big wins with flexible pouch closures

Tether-Lok Custom injection molder Hoffer Plastics Corp. (South Elgin, IL) is launching two innovative closures for flexible pouch packaging. The closures offer significant advances and benefits in terms of manufacturing compatibility, industry applications, product safety, tamper evidence and seal integrity. The first new product, Tether Lok, leverages Hoffer’s successful Trust-T-Lok basic design and properties, but goes a lot further. Tether Lok is a one-piece spout and neck fitment, ready to be...
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How Hoffer avoids the ‘blame game’

Alex Hoffer Naples, Fla. — Companies involved in a project — molder, machinery supplier and component supplier — are linked together. But when things go wrong, "the blame game" can undermine that partnership, Alex Hoffer said at the Plastics News Executive Forum. "First, you can only control you," Hoffer made clear. "And second of all, you've got to remember that you're all interconnected. "We rely on each other. Let's work together so that we...
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‘CEO Unplugged-All in the Family’ to feature Hoffer Plastics Corp. March 20

Hoffer Plastics Corp. family members, from left, Bill Hoffer, Alex Hoffer, Gretchen Farb and Charlotte Canning, will talk about their different leadership styles at the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce "CEO Unplugged-All in the Family" Tuesday, March 20. Courtesy of Hoffer Plastics Corp. Find out how the leadership and vision of the Hoffer family has successfully sustained and grown Hoffer Plastics Corporation in South Elgin at the next Elgin Area Chamber...
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Hoffer family to speak at Elgin chamber event

Hoffer Plastics Corp. family members, from left, Bill Hoffer, Alex Hoffer, Gretchen Farb and Charlotte Canning, will talk about their different leadership styles at the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce "CEO Unplugged-All in the Family" Tuesday, March 20. Courtesy of Hoffer Plastics Corp. The Hoffer family of Hoffer Plastics Corp. in South Elgin will be featured at the next Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Unplugged-All in the Family, sponsored by...
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Meet the 2017 Kane County Chronicle’s Best Under 40

The Kane County Chronicle Best Under 40 event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Royal Fox Country Club in St. Charles. Tickets are $50 and include a reception, dinner and ceremony. The 2017 Best Under 40 class includes Adam Voirin, Alex Hoffer, Austin Dempsey, Dani Hollis, Ellen Kamps, Jason Parthun, Jessica Isaacson, John Webb, Kevin Phillips, Rich Kitick and Toya Webb. Read More
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The megatrends that are reshaping food and beverage packaging

Plastics and packaging are nearly synonymous. Packaging of all types from food and beverage to consumer goods to durables makes use of plastics because of its durability, consumer friendliness, sustainability and recyclability into myriad new products. PET is one of the primary materials used for packaging, and the PET packaging marketing is forecast to reach 21.2 million tons by 2021 with sustainability and lightweighting expected to play a major role in the development of the industry, according...
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Speaker: Don’t let caps get in the way of the product

Sal Pellingra ITASCA, ILL. — Most of us have struggled to squeeze out the last few drops from a packaged consumer good. But did you know that 60 percent of consumers admit they made a mess? Or 18 percent reported farting noises from their bottles? Sal Pellingra knows. Consumers hate wasting products they buy more than going to the dentist, he said at the Plastics Caps & Closures Conference. Pellingra is...