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Episode #005

Plastics and Polymers Industry

Air date 02/03/11 | CC
Host: Kerri Courtney

Host Kerri Courtney visits Georgia Gulf Chemicals & Vinyl in Madison, DuPont in DeLisle, Wellman, Inc. in Bay St. Louis, Zeon Chemicals in Hattiesburg, and McNeely Plastics in Clinton to learn about the benefits and what jobs are available in the plastics and polymer manufacturing industry. She also goes to The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Polymers and High Performance Materials to find out what classes are offered to obtain a job in the plastics and polymer manufacturing industry.



The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Polymers and High Performance Materialsoffers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering and in Sports and High Performance Materials. Students receive training for a career in academia, commerce, and manufacture which process and use polymeric materials.


Georgia Gulf Chemicals & Vinylis a manufacturer and marketer of commodity chemicals as well as polymers and durable, custom and other vinyl-based building and home improvement products. Georgia Gulf’s products are used in a diverse range of industrial and construction applications from high performance plastics, pulp and paper production, packaging, chemical intermediates, pharmaceuticals and medical applications.  

DuPontoffers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel. DuPont operates in 90 countries worldwide.

Wellman, Inc. is PET resin producer, manufacturingand marketingPermaClear® PET packaging resin in Bay St. Louis. Wellman’s PET resin is used in the manufacture of plastic beverage bottles and other food packaging. PermaClear® PET resin produces clear bottles at the maximum throughput of stretch blow molding machines.

Zeon Chemicalsdevelops elastomers for the hottest parts of automotive engines, polymers for longer lasting laser printer rolls, synthetic rubber to survive oil wells' most aggressive fluids, and cyclo-olefin plastics for today's advanced medical and electronic applications. Zeon Chemicals is a developer and supplier of innovative polymers, including synthetic elastomers and specialty chemicals. 

McNeely Plastics is a diversified distributor of plastic products in Clinton. McNeely Plastics manufactures blown extrusion plastic, plastic film, and bags.