The tweets are coming.

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I’ll grant you that I am not nearly as interesting as Charlie Sheen or Ashton Kutcher, or as captivating as Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton. And I am a wee bit less controversial than Gilbert Gottfried, the ex-spokesman for Aflac. But undaunted, I’m going to be tweeting, and you can follow me by visiting twitter.com/jimcallari. Then click the sign-up button and take it from there. It will take about two minutes.

I’ll be tweeting from trade shows, conferences, and industry events that I attend. I’ll be tweeting from plant tours on factory floors as extruders hum and molding machines whir. I will tweet about what we have planned in upcoming issues of our magazine, or what new features you can expect to see on our website.

Depending on my mood, I may even tweet about something that has nothing at all to do with plastics or work. Sports, current events, movies, books, TV….who knows? This is all new for me, and I’m just going to try to have some fun with it and hope that you can play along as well. I’ll try not to over-tweet, or under-tweet. I’ll try not to tweet too early in the morning, because I know how grumpy I get when a whistling bird wakes me up at 5:00 am on a spring Saturday. In short, I will strive to tweet just right.

One thing I will definitely tweet about is our ongoing program to celebrate “Hidden Heroes of Plastics Processing.” I wrote about that in this space last month. The program is the brainchild of Plastics Technology Publisher Jackie Dalzell, and its aim is to identify and salute the people who have helped maintain the competiveness of plastics processing in North America. It’s a fun contest, and we will honor the winners at the next NPE show, April 1-5, 2012 in Orlando, Fla. We’re going to have a wall of heroes at our booth at the show, complete with their pictures, company names, and descriptions of their accomplishments.

We are also going to be showcasing these heroes on this website from now right up to the show and thereafter.

Since that March editorial, we have received more than a dozen nominations from processors of all types from around the country. And now, we’ve made it easier to nominate yourself or someone from your organization to participate.  You  can navigate directly to our on-line nomination form
and get the process rolling.