Level the Playing Field with Clear Plastic Boxes

Posted by Alpha Rho on 5/2/17 12:42 PM

Is Visibility an Uphill Battle for Your Products?

Dumped in a bin or shoved on a shelf, sometimes visibility is an uphill battle for small or unusually shaped products.

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Topics: rigid plastic boxes, plastic packaging, polystyrene plastic boxes

How Do Rigid Plastic Box Manufacturers Ensure Quality

Posted by Alpha Rho on 3/28/17 11:04 AM

Managing the Injection Molding Process


A lot of rigid plastic box manufacturers use the term “quality” to define and distinguish their products from their competitors’. “Quality” can be a subjective term and as a customer, do you know what quality translates to for your rigid plastic box manufacturer?

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Topics: rigid plastic boxes

Raw Material Costs Impacting the Plastic Packaging Industry Projected to Further Increase

Posted by Alpha Rho on 3/9/17 11:23 AM


Extended Outages at AmSty and SABIC Causing Styrene Spot Price Increases


Manufacturers of plastic packaging have been faced with a dramatic increase in the price of polystyrene since the fourth quarter of 2016, which achieved an all-time high in February. Price increases over the past few months have included a 5 cents per pound increase in December, an 8 cent increase in February, and most recently a 15 cents per pound increase in March.

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Topics: general-purpose polystyrene, plastic packaging

Increase Your Profits by Improving Your Plastic Box Packaging

Posted by Alpha Rho on 1/11/17 12:35 PM

Better Branding Through Custom-Printed Plastic Boxes


Whether you’ve made spontaneous personal purchasing decisions in a grocery store check-out line, or given a lot of thought to a product before you pick it off the shelf in the aisle, you’ve likely been influenced by its packaging. Each year, large companies spend millions of dollars, not just on their product packaging, but on how that packaging affects the long-term branding of the products they contain.

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Topics: rigid plastic boxes

Don’t Just Put a Lid on It

Posted by Alpha Rho on 11/22/16 11:32 AM

Friction Fit or Hinged – Choose Your Plastic Box Type Wisely!


Rigid plastic boxes come in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from compartment boxes to rounded types, to even heart shaped styles for special purposes. But, when it comes to all varieties of plastic boxes, there are two predominant styles related to how they open and close: one is with hinges and the other, without hinges—also known as friction fit.

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Topics: rigid plastic boxes

How Is General Purpose Polystyrene (GPPS) Different from High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)?

Posted by Alpha Rho on 10/21/16 9:52 AM

How Well Do You Know Your Polystyrene Plastic Boxes?


Inquiring about the different types of plastics is as good as asking how many varieties of cheese are out there. Well, essentially there is American, Swiss, cheddar, and mozzarella but then, there’s also Gouda, Monterey Jack, Gorgonzola, feta, Gruyere, and so on and so forth! You get the problem, right?

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Topics: general-purpose polystyrene

Choosing the Right Rigid Plastic Packaging for Your Product

Posted by Alpha Rho on 9/1/16 4:52 PM

4 Factors to Consider Before Picking Out Your Rigid Plastic Packaging


We’re all familiar with the timeless adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” and yet, there are times we end up doing just that! At least with rigid plastic packaging. The trickiest part is, on looks alone, a lot of plastic packaging looks much the same. It’s part of why the conundrum of choosing the right plastic packaging for your product is a little more challenging than picking out a book based on its cover.

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Topics: rigid plastic boxes, polystyrene rigid plastic boxes, polystyrene plastic boxes

Are All Polystyrene Plastic Boxes Recyclable?

Posted by Alpha Rho on 6/28/16 2:44 PM

The Quick Answer to Recycling Rigid Plastic Boxes: Yes!


Can we recycle polystyrene products? We are often asked this question. The quick answer is: yes. Polystyrene plastic is used for a vast amount of household and business needs, and you can recycle the types of rigid plastic boxes that we produce at Alpha Rho. At Alpha Rho, we work with general-purpose polystyrene to produce our large assortment of rigid plastic boxes—the kind of plastic that is easily recyclable and that we recycle internally as well. More about that further in this discussion.

The questions about recycling polystyrene are ones that concern the public, as there have been issues surrounding it.

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Topics: rigid plastic boxes, general-purpose polystyrene, polystyrene rigid plastic boxes, polystyrene plastic boxes

Rigid Plastic Boxes Made of Polystyrene

Posted by Alpha Rho on 6/9/16 10:30 AM

The Clear Choice with Alpha Rho


Your life, in many ways, actually may depend on it. At the very least, it is a material you’ve come to count on in vast and varied ways. Food storage (think quick take-out during a hectic day), organizing supplies (what a mess without ‘em!), candy boxes (a sweet gift for your sweetie?), or a lightweight enclosure to drop in your backpack (with first-aid supplies as you hike the Appalachian Trail). Polystyrene is also used in everyday items like blow dryers, children’s toys, office supplies … the list goes on. Convenient, lightweight, inexpensive, versatile—there are virtually no areas of our lives that polystyrene plastic has not touched.

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Topics: polystyrene rigid plastic boxes, general-purpose polystyrene, rigid plastic boxes, polystyrene

Alpha Rho, Plastic Manufacturer Goes Solar!

Posted by Alpha Rho on 9/15/14 10:43 AM

Alpha Rho, New England’s largest plastic box manufacturer, amps up its green index commitment with the help of North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and NuGen Capital Management, the company supporting the Lunenburg solar project. A Rhode Island company recently built a solar power plant in Lunenburg, MA, and the company struck a deal with the chamber to sell its net metering credits from the plant to local manufacturers. Alpha Rho is among the six local manufacturers from the Fitchburg, MA, area to take advantage of this locally produced energy.

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