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THURSDAY NPE 2018 : THE PLASTICS SHOW SHOW DAILY Despite his ground-breaking work in chromium catalysts, which helped revoluঞonize polyethylene producঞon, Max McDaniel of Chevron Phillips is most proud of a safety interlock system for PE producঞon reactors he collaborated on, which greatly improved plant safety. Let's Talk About the Economy By Patrick Barney Plascs Technology The Plasঞcs Industry Associaঞon (PLASTICS) is taking NPE2018 to introduce This Is Plas- cs, an online resource designed to arm plas- ঞcs-industry employees with informaঞon and talking points to answer consumer ques- ঞons and correct mistaken beliefs they may have about the material. Many consumers take for granted—or are simply unaware of—the array of benefits plasঞcs offer. All too o[en, those in the in- dustry are le[ wondering what to say when conversaঞon with family or friends turns to important but complicated topics—like plas- ঞc bag bans. This Is Plascs (ThisIsPlasঞ is a fea- ture-rich resource designed to frame that conversaঞon with facts. Arঞcles, infograph- ics and interacঞve quizzes highlight five key topics—Plasঞcs 101, Environment, Safety, Innovaঞon, and Economic Impact. On the Economic Impact front? The plas- ঞcs industry is vital to the American econo- my. It accounted for an increase of 11,000 jobs in 2016, and the economies of several states are dependent upon it. California has 77,000 plasঞcs industry employees, while Texas has only a slightly smaller number. In- diana has the highest number of plasঞcs em- ployees per capita, with 16.5 per 1,000. The esঞmated value of total plasঞc shipments, including those from suppliers to plasঞcs businesses, is $552.4 billion, and the total number of employees is 1.76 million. So when you get into a conversaঞon with a friend touঞng plasঞc bag bans, it might be helpful to use This is Plascs as a resource to point out the unintended economic conse- quences of that legislaঞon. As the website points out, plasঞc bag manufacturing ac- counts for 30,900 American jobs, many of which become threatened when neighbor- hoods decide to ban plasঞc bags. Mia Quinn, vice president of communica- ঞons for PLASTICS and a driving force be- hind the new site says, "Plasঞc bag bans have a negaঞve effect on retail sales in areas where bans are in place, as they encourage shoppers to take their business to areas neighboring ban regions." Addiঞonally, she says, a ban on plasঞc bags in SeaŽle has hurt store owners by increasing their boŽom lines by 40 to 200 percent. Quinn points out that there are beŽer opঞons. "States and municipaliঞes should work to combat plasঞc polluঞon without hurঞng both the economy and people who are poor by promoঞng plasঞc bag and film recycling instead." For example, using pyroly- sis to turn landfill-bound plasঞcs into diesel fuel can reduce carbon emissions by 14 per- cent and water consumpঞon by 58 percent. Addiঞonally, gasificaঞon can turn solid waste into synthesis gas, which can be used to gen- erate electric power or converted into chemi- cal feedstocks such as ethanol or methanol. Mechanical recycling, a mulঞ-step process that involves melঞng used plasঞc down to be reformed via injecঞon molding or extrusion, can also reduce carbon emissions without endangering jobs. These are just a few of the sustainable soluঞons offered by This is Plascs. Visit ThisIsPlasঞ to check out the online toolkit and arm yourself and your team with pride in the industry you serve. 4 ▼ Plasঞcs Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Max McDaniel: Defining Safety in Polymer Producঞon ▼ Plasঞcs Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee Steve Maguire: A Prolific Inventor and a Visionary in Materials Handling By Marí a Natalia Ortega Leyva Plascs Technology México Founder of Maguire Products Inc. (Booth W5747), Steve Maguire has transformed plasঞcs' raw material handling technology, as well as how processors control the prepara- ঞon and consumpঞon of plasঞc materials. With over 41 patents, his ingenuity is present in most processing plants today. He started in the plasঞcs industry running a sheet extrusion line while working off and on for his father-in-law who had a small plas- ঞcs business. "I had many other jobs, most unrelated to plasঞcs. But my last job, before I started this business, was for an injecঞon molder [ATZ Plasঞcs]. This molder got an order from Sears to produce shower curtain hooks in 18 colors. My boss wanted to try liquid color as it would be easy and less ex- pensive. In my effort to make liquid color work, I developed a peristalঞc pump, and with some encouragement from our liquid color salesman, I decided to try producing and selling them. They were so much beŽer and cleaner than what was then available. So in April of 1977, I sold the first of these pumps. Over the years I have sold more than 15,000, and this style of pump became and has remained the standard for the in- dustry," he notes. Among his main accomplishments, he highlights his three sons, who currently work with him. Beyond that, and besides the peristalঞc liquid color pump, he menঞons the blender, which took the business from $1.7 million in sales to $25 million in 10 years. "We have sold over 50,000 blenders," he says. Steve started this mulঞmillion-dollar business in the aমc of his house. "I was re- cently divorced and my three boys—7, 9 and 11—were running around the house as kids do," Maguire says. "A[er one year I hired a friend, and the next year I hired a woman [Ginny]. A[er a year, we began to date and we married 10 years later. I give her as much or maybe more credit for the success of my company than I take for myself. Ginny and I took the company from $100,000 a year to $30 million a year, and she managed all of that while I just designed stuff. She passed away 3 years ago." Steve Maguire, founder of globally recognized auxiliary equipment supplier Maguire Products, began his career in plasঞcs running a sheet extrusion line for his father-in-law. By Marí a Natalia Ortega Leyva Plascs Technology México Max McDaniel has received numerous awards and recogniঞons worldwide, including several from the American Chemical Society, thanks to his contribuঞons and revoluঞonary devel- opments in polymer chemistry, in parঞcular with polymer and catalyst technologies for polyethylene, as a senior fellow scienঞst for Chevron Phillips. He is also the author of over 370 technical patents and hundreds of peer reviewed papers. He got into the industry by accident, as he says. "I had a background in catalysis, special- izing in chromium catalysts. As it turned out, and I did not fully appreciate this when I started my academic studies, but a large part of worldwide HDPE is made with chromium catalysts. These are usually called 'Phillips catalysts' because they were discovered by J. Paul Hogan and Bob Banks in 1951 at Phillips Petroleum in Oklahoma. In fact this discovery is what began the linear PE industry [HDPE and LLDPE]," he recalls. While he was taking a one-year assign- ment in France, a[er graduaঞng from North- western University, he learned through his professor that Paul Hogan was looking for a chromium chemist to work at Phillips. "I ac- cepted the job, and have been here for 43 years now. I never regreŽed it. I do believe that plasঞcs is one of the most fascinaঞng fields I could possibly have entered," he says. Surprisingly, when asked what he is most proud of, it is not a catalyst or a polymer at all. "It is a way of making polymer more safe- ly," McDaniel says. "It is the safety interlock system that we now use on the company's PE producঞon reactors to prevent runaway reac- ঞons and even nuisance fouls. This has greatly improved the safety of PE producঞon, espe- cially in the big mega-plants of today. I'm proud of it also because it was a very difficult project. Together with a friend, we invented the system and convinced the management to spend a considerable amount of money to incorporate it. Today, the company would never think of building a reactor without this system." When the catalyst group at Phillips was split in two, chromium and Ziegler, his re- search career could have gone in a very dif- ferent direcঞon, but he has no regrets. "A small group, myself included, stayed with Paul Hogan to work on chromium catalysts. The larger group was assigned to develop a new exciঞng type of Ziegler catalyst. A friend in the other group came by one day and ex- pressed his sorrow for me. 'Why?' I asked. He replied, 'Because you have to conঞnue work- ing on chromium catalysts, where everything has already been done.' That statement as- tounded me then and sঞll astounds me today [300 chromium patents later]. How could anyone be so blind. Now, analysts describe PE as 'mature,' but nothing could be more wrong!" "I have so many ideas that I have not had ঞme to invesঞgate," McDaniel says. "Each day I have more quesঞons, and quesঞons lead to experimental ideas, and experiments lead to unexpected discoveries. I keep a long list of ideas I want to try, but I know I'll never get to all of them. That's why I'm sঞll working. I love the job."

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