Kickstart: Bolhous is in good company in '50 Over 50'

Kathy Bolhous, the CEO of Charter NEX Films Inc., is known in the plastics industry for her leadership of a company that has grown into one of the 20 largest film and sheet makers in North America. Now she’s rubbing (virtual) shoulders with Vice President Kamala Harris, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and actress Catherine O’Hara as one of Forbes magazine’s .”Meet the inaugural class of entrepreneurs, leaders and creators who are part of an exhilarating movement redefining life’s second half and proving that success has no age limit,” the magazine writes.The ninth of 10 children, Bolhous told Plastics News about taking inspiration from her mother to both go into manufacturing and be “a boss.””It’s not a traditional path” for a woman, . “You don’t wake up one day and say, ‘I want to be in manufacturing.’ Somebody has to educate you on what it is and why it can be a career for you and why, as a woman, you can be successful in the field.”Her inclusion in the 50 Over 50 list comes as another woman has been tapped for a high-profile CEO position in the plastics industry. ., the owner of Milacron, Mold-Masters and Coperian machinery and tooling supply businesses, in January.Ryan had been heading up the plastics business within Hillenbrand, so she has experience on the plastics machinery side.And while I’m at it, a reminder that we’re taking nominations for for 2021 through June 21. Profiles will appear in the July 26 issue of Plastics News.
 The pandemic may be easing in North America, but the demand for medical molders continues.As part of reporter Sarah Kominek’s coverage of the medical industry in this week’s print issue, she .Denver-based Intertech Plastics Inc., for example, saw “great success” for its products supporting testing for respiratory viruses. A $7 million expansion will include $3 million toward molding in a clean-room environment.”We want to support medical device manufacturing in the U.S., and this is a step in the right direction,” President Jim Kepler said. Radio Flyer wants to keep adults riding its products, not just as oversized kids in a steel or Plastic wagon, but on a new line of electric bikes and scooters. The Chicago-based maker of wagons and tricycles announced June 2 that it will begin selling electric cargo bikes priced at nearly $2,000 as well as smaller e-bikes and electric scooters.Radio Flyer has expanded its product line previously, including kid-sized battery-powered cars badged with the Tesla logo. Expertise gained with lithium-ion batteries for those cars will be used in the new adult-sized products, CEO Robert Pasin said.The during the pandemic has also played into the company’s new offerings.”Micro mobility has been exploding in growth,” Pasin said in a Crain’s Chicago Business story. “The pandemic accelerated this trend to make bike riding a more viable alternative to cars.”  Do you have an opinion about this story? Do you have some thoughts you’d like to share with our readers? Plastics News would love to hear from you. Email your letter to Editor at Staying current is easy with Plastics News delivered straight to your inbox, free of charge. Subscribe to Plastics News Plastics News covers the business of the global plastics industry. We report news, gather data and deliver timely information that provides our readers with a competitive advantage.Customer Service:

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