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Remembering Cal: A Story of Pediatric Cancer

As we slip into October, let us also remember that September represented Pediatric Cancer Awareness, a time for us all to commemorate those who have lost their fight —and share a moment of reflection to honor those amidst the battle for their young lives. In my recent history, as a Board member of a local Illinois a non-profit pediatric cancer foundation, Cal’s Angels, I’ve learned that awareness is the key to working towards the obstacles in finding a cure.

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Children Fighting Cancer. What We Can Do To Help

It’s back to school time for many – but not for all.  September is National Childhood Cancer month. We dedicate this month’s issue to all children who inspire us with their brave fight against cancer. Too many, too soon Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease among children Roughly 16,000 children in the U.S. will…

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Five Human Resource Tips To Improve Your Bottom Line

At family-owned Hoffer Plastics, Gretchen Farb oversees the finances of the plastic injection-molding business as well as the Hoffer Foundation. She manages the company’s investments and its 401(k) plan. In the last 12 to 18 months, Farb instituted new enterprise resource planning software and helped lead the company to a record year. Revenue last year rose 12.5 percent to $90 million . . .

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It’s National Wellness Month

We’re sharing some interesting new trends and approaches to wellness that we hope will inform and inspire you. Read on! Prescribing Nature What if your doctor prescribed a 30 minute walk outdoors instead of prescribing a drug? It’s happening, and there’s solid science behind it. A study among the world’s longest living people (> 100)…

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It’s Mid Year 2019. Time for a Turnaround?

It’s Mid-Year 2019. Time for a Turnaround? July is the heart of summer, but also marks the onset of the second half of the year. Much like making resolutions in January, the second half is a great time to reassess and get back on track for achieving personal and professional goals. Stay cool, and go for it!…

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National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month! Learn about the devastating impact of workplace injuries and simple steps you can take to improve safety on the job. Welcome, summer, and a shout out to all the grads, dads and father figures this month. The High Cost of an Unsafe Workplace In the U.S., a worker is injured…

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National Inventors’ Month

May is National Inventors’ Month! We highlight new products, inspirations and thoughts on improving innovation in any context. And as Memorial Day closes out the month, please remember to thank a Vet and honor all who’ve served. Hoffer Plastics and BBC Cellpack Team at the Plastics Pouches Trade Show, Vienna, April 2019 Spotlight on Hoffer Plastics…

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National Volunteer Month

As April transitions us with rain showers and early blossoms, it also inspires us with National Volunteer Month. A shout out and heartfelt “thank you” to all who give back selflessly in service to others. May you continue to inspire us all! Spotlight on Hoffer Plastics: A Company Culture Centered on “Service” At Hoffer Plastics,…

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National Consumer Protection Week

In comes March – and with it, March Madness, Daylight Savings Time, St. Patrick’s Day and the start of Spring. Within all this excitement humbly lies National Consumer Protection Week. This month, we we focus on the importance of continuous innovation to keep products, and people, safe. Spotlight on Hoffer Plastics: High Speed Lining for Signature Drop-Lok™ Closures…

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National Engineering Week

This February, we celebrate National Engineering Week and American Heart Month Spotlight on Engineering Innovation: Hoffer Plastics Tether Lok™ Closure The Hoffer Engineering team played a key role in developing and successfully launching an innovative new closure for flexible pouch packaging. Tether Lok™ is a one piece spout and cap fitment, ready to be installed on horizontal…

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Happy New Year!

With January centered on resolutions and renewal, we focus this month’s issue on the benefits of thinking ahead: proactive capital reinvestment and planning. An ounce of prevention and forward thinking Proactive vs. Reactive Planning and Capital Investment: Mitigates risk for you and your customers. It improves performance quality & consistency, reliability, and helps maintain a sustainable competitive advantage Enables…

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December is Worldwide Food Safety Month

In the midst of the holidays, with buffets, mail-order food gifts and shared meals abounding, it’s the opportune time to focus on food safety. A Complex, Challenging Issue with Serious Consequences Global sourcing and supply chains have made it extremely tough to consistently ensure food safety, from ingredient composition to production to distribution and handling.…