Letter From the Presidents – July 2017

Higher raw material inventories, sluggish demand and weaker energy markets have culminated in a helpful pricing shift for polyethylene consumers. Increases garnered by resin producers from December to May have now largely been given back. Domestic polyethylene buyers...

Letter from the Presidents – March 2017

In January, we shared our belief that the next decade would be about bringing consumer quality websites and apps to the B2B marketplace. It’s why we introduced Laddawn 2.0, a platform that would allow us to bring the best customer experiences to life online. Print...

Letter From the Presidents – January 2017

Since its launch at November’s Pack Expo in Chicago, Laddawn’s Print Designer has generated a terrific buzz. We knew it would. When we hear from distributors across the country about how they do business, they note that it’s changed very little in more than a...

Letter from the Presidents – September 2016

Plastics News recently described 2016 as the “calm before the storm.” They were talking to U.S. polyethylene producers, of course, with whom as much as 6 billion additional pounds of polyethylene capacity are slated to come on line this year and next. Nearly 30 other...

Letter from the Presidents – July 2016

After a generally listless start to 2016, many of you are reporting more stable market conditions and steadier demand. You’re telling us that your businesses are improving in both orders and pricing. We’re seeing it, too. A handful of favorable conditions are now in...

From the Presidents – May 2016

On the heels of February’s 7% decrease on all Laddawn stock items, we noted that lower energy costs would likely recover and polymer costs were “certain to rebound.” True enough; however, no one predicted the speed with which it happened. It took just two months for...