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May 10, 2017

Cheap Robots are Helping Small Businesses Survive

By Thomas Black / Bloomberg

At Plastic Molding Technology Inc. in El Paso, CEO Chuck Sholtis has ordered a $40,000 Universal Robots device to do pick-and-place work at his factory. It’ll help him compete with rivals in Mexico, Sholtis said, and some of his 100 employees will be freed up for more creative work. Like McMillan at Task Force Tips, he said he doesn’t anticipate letting anyone go. “We’re not giving the good jobs to robots.” View Article

February 6, 2017

US plastics industry urges caution on renegotiating NAFTA

By Steve Toloken / Plastics News

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On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump called the North American Free Trade Agreement “one of the worst things to happen to manufacturing in the United States.” Since the election, his top aides have suggested renegotiating it will be an early priority.

But for the plastics industry, reopening NAFTA could carry significant risk.

That’s because the U.S. plastics industry, in sharp contrast with much of the rest of manufacturing, has a trade surplus with Mexico.

Trade groups like the Plastics Industry Association say the surplus is “directly attributable” to NAFTA, which it said “has benefited American companies and American workers greatly ever since it entered into force.”

The head of the association, Bill Carteaux, said in January that concerns about risks to its export position were so high the group would be “fighting a rear-guard action on trade issues, like doing our best to keep the White House from unwinding NAFTA.”

“Renegotiating NAFTA is a good idea in theory but it will have broader implications than people realize,” said Charles Sholtis, CEO of Plastic Molding Technology Inc. in El Paso, Texas. “I’m in favor of renegotiating NAFTA. But to go out and take a machete and slap on a 20 percent tariff is a huge mistake.”  View Article

January 22, 2017

Closing the Skills Gap

By Charles A. Sholtis / published in the El Paso Times

As we launch into 2017, I’d like to emphasize an often overlooked point – the importance of workforce development in the Borderplex region.

In El Paso – as in Texas and throughout the nation – business owners are facing a skills gap. There are now more jobs requiring skilled workers in America than there are applicants. A report from the National Skills Coalition found middle-skill jobs comprise 55 percent of the Texas labor market – yet only 43 percent of Texas workers have the requisite training to qualify for these jobs.

The gap is even greater in El Paso – only 13 percent of workers qualify by recent estimates from the Brookings Institution.

To address this critical situation, we decided it was time to develop a collaborative effort to take ownership and find solutions.

Together with the city of El Paso and the great State of Texas, Plastic Molding Technology Inc. was awarded a Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. This grant boosted our efforts to solve the perennial shortage of skilled workers in both the El Paso-Juarez border region and in the plastics manufacturing industry. View Article

December 8, 2016

El Paso plastic molding company grows international sales, exports 85 percent of product

By Tradeology / International Trade Administration blog

After years of working with the U.S. Commercial Service, a plastics molding company here has expanded its profit margin by more than $8 million and created more than 100 jobs through cross-border sales into Mexico.

Plastic Molding Technology, Inc., a manufacturer of injection-molded plastic components that produces more than 150 million parts per year, has worked with the U.S. Commercial Service in El Paso and New Mexico since 2011. During that time, Robert Queen, Director of U.S. Commercial Service-El Paso, worked with PMT to lock in several new customers across the border in Ciudad Juarez. View Article

November 23, 2016

Texas awards training grants to two El Paso molders

By Roger Renstrom / Plastics News

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Two El Paso, Texas, businesses ― custom injection molder Plastic Molding Technology Inc. and health care industry supplier Becton, Dickinson and Co. ― received skills development fund grants from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar presented checks of $216,523 to PMT and $335,925 to BD during a Nov. 21 event at El Paso Community College. View Article

November 21, 2016

Skills Training Grant Awarded To Two El Paso Businesses in Partnership with EPCC

By El Paso Community College

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Texas Workforce Commission presented the 2016 Skills Development Grant Fund Awards to Becton, Dickinson, and Company (BD) and Plastic Molding Technology, Inc., (PMT). BD was presented with a grant totaling $335,925 and PMT was awarded a grant of $216,523.

These companies will partner with El Paso Community College to provide job training and skills development on cutting edge technology and advanced manufacturing. Together, these grants will help provide training for 11 new jobs and 198 upgraded jobs for 209 trainees. The partnership between EPCC and these two companies builds on regional efforts to address workforce skills gaps through training, adult education and robust curriculum at local institutions of higher learning. View Article

September 12, 2016

El Paso Becomes Nation’s 11th Largest Exporter

By Vic Kolenc / El Paso Times

El Paso has climbed to be the 11th largest exporter of goods among 388 metro areas in the United States and would overtake the San Francisco area for 10th if exports from neighboring Santa Teresa were included in the federal rankings released last week.

“This speaks in a very positive manner (about) the whole borderplex region and our strategic location to Mexico,” said Chuck Sholtis, CEO of his family’s Plastic Molding Technology, or PMT. The East El Paso factory supplies millions of plastic parts annually to Mexico manufacturing plants in the automotive and other industries.

About 85 percent of PMT’s plastic components are exported, mostly to assembly plants in Juárez and other areas of Mexico.

“Our business is growing incrementally,” Sholtis said. That growth has come since 2010 as the global economy recovered from the Great Recession and auto parts manufacturers in Mexico increased their demand for plastic components as automotive sales grew, he said.

Many companies that moved manufacturing to China and other areas have been moving manufacturing back to North America, and that also has helped business increase, he said. View Article

April 8, 2016

Plastic Molding Technology CEO ‘cautiously optimistic’ about business opportunities in Cuba

By Norbert Sparrow / PlasticsToday

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If the United States doesn’t move “sooner rather than later on the Cuban embargo, investment opportunities are going to pass us by,” Charles Sholtis, CEO of Plastic Molding Technology (PMT; El Paso, TX) told PlasticsToday following a recent visit to the island. He was part of a four-member delegation that went to Cuba to investigate the country’s market potential for plastics manufacturing.

SPI: The plastics industry trade association (Washington, DC) led the delegation, which also included SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux, SPI Vice President for International Affairs and Trade Michael Taylor and Plastic Pipe Institute CEO Tony Radoszewski.

The trip coincided with President Obama’s historic visit, even though the SPI mission was scheduled well before, and that created some logistical complications, noted Sholtis. Nevertheless, they were able to visit two state-run manufacturing operations: A facility that makes polypropylene bags and textiles and a plant that injection molds food packaging and disposable dinnerware. In both instances, conditions were primitive, said Sholtis. View Article

February 8, 2016

PMT Gets Export Award

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U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, presented a 2015 Export Achievement Award to El Paso-based Plastic Molding Technology, 12280 Rojas, on Jan. 29.

“Manufacturing is so important not only to our region, but also to the economy of America, and I am proud PMT has become an essential link in the supply chain,” said PMT Owner and CEO Charles A. Sholtis.

PMT is a precision injection molder and plastic component supplier for diverse global markets. More than 85 percent of PMT’s finished products – about $8 million annually – are exported to an international client base, with Mexico as a primary market.

The company was nominated for the recognition by Robert Queen, director of the U.S. International Trade Administration’s El Paso and New Mexico Export Assistance Center, which is part of the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service.

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November 30, 2015

Sholtis Takes a Hands-On Approach

By Roger Renstrom / Plastics News

EL PASO, Texas — Charles A. Sholtis, 55, serves as the hands-on CEO of Plastic Molding Technology Inc. adapting to changes and providing second-generation leadership to the custom injection molding business.

Sholtis grew up in Trumbull, Conn., with a brother, Todd, a manufacturers’ representative living in Florida.

“When my father [Charles E. Sholtis] started the business in 1973 [in Bridgeport, Conn.], I was there pretty much from day one” when he was 13, he said. “I set up molds, ran presses, swept floors and helped out with anything that needed to be done in the factory.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa., and a master’s degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at its Hartford, Conn., campus. View Article

October 19, 2015

El Paso Factory Owner Pitches Free Trade

By Vic Kolenc / El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas — El Paso factory owner Chuck Sholtis was enlisted Monday to help the Obama administration sell one of the world’s largest free-trade agreements.

Sholtis joined U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Houston Mayor Annise Parker on a conference call with a handful of Texas reporters as part of President Barack Obama’s campaign to get the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, free-trade treaty through Congress in coming months.

Early this month, trade ministers for the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, and Bruei Darussalam completed the treaty after five years of negotiations.

The agreement needs to be approved by the U.S. Congress and legislators in the other countries to become law. That lengthy process has yet to begin.

“We’re trying to get the word out that the TPP will be a positive for this region and for the plastic-molding industry,” Sholtis, chief executive officer and owner of Plastic Molding Technology, or PMT, in East El Paso, said on the conference call, which included journalists for the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News, and El Paso Times. “Trade agreements are vital to the manufacturing sector in America.” View Article

April 9, 2015

Plastic Molding Technology CEO Receives SPE Business Management Award

By Clare Goldsberry / Plastics Today

CAS_SPE_awardEL PASO, Texas — Charles A. Sholtis, CEO of Plastic Molding Technology Inc., received the 2015 Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Business Management Award on March 22, the night before opening day of NPE2015. The award is one of the highest honors SPE bestows on an individual, recognizing outstanding achievement in the management of corporations, according to SPE President Vijay Boolani.

“I am honored simply to have been nominated for this award; to be named the recipient is extraordinary,” Sholtis said. “This honor serves as a validation of the hard work and dedication I’ve put into PMT.”

Sholtis thanked the many people who helped build PMT. “This award is much bigger than me; it is about the people in my factory who work daily in the pursuit of excellence,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Sholtis also attributed winning the award to the support of his family, including his father Charles E. Sholtis, the now-retired founder, Chairman and Chief Engineer of PMT. “He encouraged me to pursue my education and establish a strong work ethic. Because of his support, I became the first Sholtis in our generation to receive an advanced college degree,” he said. Sholtis said this education helped establish the foundation he would later need as the second-generation owner and leader of PMT. View Article

April 8, 2015

Honoring the Industry’s Best at the Plastics Hall of Fame

By Bill Bregar / Plastics News

ORLANDO, FLA — Charles A. Sholtis, CEO of custom injection molder Plastic Molding Technology Inc. in El Paso, Texas, won SPE’s Business Management Award. “This award is much bigger than me. It’s about the people in my factory that work hard every day. It’s also about more — the American dream,” he said. View Article

February 2015

Molder’s Mantra: Go Lean, Stay Green

By Jim Callari / Plastics Technology

If anyone doubts that “shoot-and-ship” molding is a thing of the past, they might want to visit Plastic Molding Technology (PMT), Inc. at its 60,000 ft² plant in El Paso, Tex. The molder is constantly challenging itself, exploring new markets, and investing in new technology. Have you ever heard of a molder with a drone? View Article

February 3, 2015

Plastic Molding Technology’s Charles A. Sholtis Receives SPE Business Management Award

By Clare Goldsberry / Plastics Today

EL PASO, Texas — Charles A. Sholtis, owner and CEO of Plastic Molding Technology, is the 2015 recipient of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Business Management Award. The award is one of the highest honors SPE bestows upon an individual, recognizing outstanding achievements in the management of a corporation, according to current SPE President Vijay Boolani. View Article

January 3, 2015

El Paso Plastic Molding Factory Adds New Equipment

By Vic Kolenc / El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas — Plastic Molding Technology, or PMT, recently added about $500,000 in new equipment to its East Side factory, company officials reported this week. It added three electric Toshiba, 55-ton plastic-molding machines, which replaced eight machines that were over 15 years old. The factory now has 27 electric plastic-molding machines. It also added a machining center, which boosted capabilities for tool repair and tool engineering. It also added a 3-D printer, which can produce fixtures and sample prototypes in less than 24 hours. View Article

December 30, 2014

PMT Adds More Injection Presses

By Roger Renstrom / Plastics News

Plastic Molding Technology Inc. of El Paso, Texas, invested about $500,000 for three more all-electric presses, a machining center and a three-dimensional printer. To meet production quality demands, the custom injection molder began operating the three 55-ton Toshiba EC55SX molding machines in November and discontinued use of eight presses, each in service for more than 15 years. View Article

June 27, 2014

Plastic Molding Technology’s El Paso Factory Receives Manufacturer of Year Award

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By Vic Kolenc / El Paso Times

Getting greener and leaner is not only saving Plastic Molding Technology’s El Paso factory more than $300,000 a year, it’s also brought it a prestigious national award.

PMT, a 40 year-old, family-owned company which moved its operations from Connecticut to El Paso about 10 years ago, is one of two companies to be named Manufacturer of the Year this month by the Manufacturing Leadership Council. The council is a manufacturing executives’ network run by global consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, which is based in California. View Article

June 6, 2014

Plastic Molding Technology, Inc. Named Manufacturer of the Year
at 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Summit

EL PASO, Texas — Plastic Molding Technology, Inc. (PMT) was named Manufacturer of the Year at the 10th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit June 6th in Palm Beach, Florida. In addition to being the top honoree among companies with revenues of less than $1 billion, PMT also received the Operational Leadership Award and the Sustainability Leadership Award. View Article

March 17, 2014

Manufacturing Leadership Awards Presented to Plastic Molding Technology Inc.

EL PASO, Texas – Plastic Molding Technology Inc. has been recognized with two 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Awards (ML Awards), presented by the Manufacturing Leadership Council and Frost & Sullivan. PMT was nominated by IQMS for both awards, and received the Sustainability Leadership Award for excellence in its implementation of sustainable practices, as well as an Operational Leadership Award for the company’s exemplary focus on continuous improvement. View Article

March 9, 2014

One Word: Plastics

EL PASO INC. — In a famous scene from the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” Dustin Hoffman’s character receives some career advice from a smug businessman: “I just want to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics. There’s a great future in plastics.”  View Article in El Paso Inc.

October 2013

PMT Opens Factory Floor to Celebrate Manufacturing Day 2013

EL PASO, TEXAS— Joining 823 manufacturers across the nation, Plastic Molding Technology Inc. (PMT) celebrated Manufacturing Day 2013 on Friday, October 4 with a well-attended plant tour highlighting the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and showcasing the rewarding, highly skilled jobs available in the field. View Article

September 27, 2013

PMT Transitions Total Ownership to CEO Charles A. Sholtis

EL PASO, TEXAS— The ownership of El Paso-based injection molding plant Plastic Molding Technology Inc. has changed hands over the summer, with CEO Charles A. Sholtis taking over as sole owner of the company. View Article

March 2013

Plastic Molding Technology Inc.: On the Cutting-Edge of Energy Innovation

EL PASO, TEXAS — A growing concern for today’s manufacturers across the industry spectrum, energy consumption continues to be a prime target for improving sustainability practices. The focus of much of this concern is on the plastics industry, due to its considerable energy usage and often untapped potential for energy savings. View Article

February 27, 2013

PMT Hosts Congressman Beto O’Rourke and SPI President for Plastics Plant Tour

EL PASO, TEXAS— U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) president Bill Carteaux toured the El Paso-based manufacturing plant of Plastic Molding Technology, Inc. (PMT) Feb. 21 and discussed critical national and local issues affecting the manufacturing sector. View Article