The industry's best Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference for processors!

October 19-23, 2020 

The 2020 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference will be held virtually. 
Please watch a message from Tim Capps, president, Par 4 Plastics and MAPP board president, and Troy Nix, MAPP executive director, below. 

Please read our press release about the virtual Conference here.


The goal of the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference is to help plastics companies improve their operations and tactics in order to impact bottom-line profits. This year’s Benchmarking and Best Practices conference will address leadership, operational best practices, the latest financial benchmarks, sales and marketing, and the impact of employees on the bottom-line and much more.

The Conference staff has created a schedule packed with best practices, leading-edge benchmarks, expert presentations and the best networking opportunities in the industry.







Member Pricing: grants access for the individual to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library

$379 — Member pricing through August 19, 2020
$449 — Member pricing after August 19, 2020

Company-wide Pricing: grants access for every individual in the company to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library

$1,796 — Company-wide pricing


Processors Only

Non Member Pricing: grants access for the individual to the entire week of live programming and unlimited access to the event library


Industry Service Providers (or sponsors):

If you are a company that provides a service to the plastics industry please contact Letha Keslar about attending this event. You can reach Letha at 317-913-2440 or


2020 Benchmarking Conference Presentations Proposals

The programming sub-committee for the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference is interested in providing a wide range of programs that will appeal to the needs of all the conference attendees. It is the committee’s intention that programs submitted will address the needs of a broad representation of the membership. Presenters are encouraged to provide programs that address at least one of the BC LABS or tracks, ultimately answering the questions that are keeping our members up at night. Those programs deemed to address the needs of the widest range of participants will be given the highest consideration. Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020
Submit here:

The virtual agenda is being curated as we speak. Please check back soon for details. 


The Conference team is pleased to welcome the following speakers to the Conference stage:

Troy Nix, Executive Director
Troy Nix serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference. Known for his spirit, enthusiasm, and belief in American manufacturing, Nix will deliver an opening address that will focus on lessons in leadership and the importance of becoming more in tune with one’s inner self. Professionals over the last decade who have heard Nix deliver his opening address know that the first 30 minutes of the conference will spark emotion in each attendee’s inner core. This year’s message will focus on the tapping into that internal fuel source to inspire, motivate and overcome obstacles encountered every day. Nix’s tag line “America Is What America Makes” is an essential ideal that motivates those attending the conference to strive for excellence.

Phil Van Hooser 
Phillip Van Hooser’s approach to leadership training, employee relations and communication skills development is drawn from his own leadership experience in community banking, FORTUNE 500 manufacturing and consumer products companies.

From his roles in employee relations, training, and human resources, Phil knows firsthand the very real impact authentic, respected, engaged employee relations have on productivity and profits.

And he knows the practical, commonsense strategies leaders, managers and supervisors can implement to win credibility, communicate effectively, engage confidently with employees while reducing conflict and reaching organizational goals.

An engaging keynote speaker, leadership training expert, accomplished business writer, and mentor to emerging Millennial and Gen Z leaders, Phillip Van Hooser is committed to delivering keynotes and professional development training that helps companies and organizations experience:

  • Stronger, more productive leader / employee relations,
  • Greater teamwork, trust, communication and collaboration,
  • and improved bottom line business results.


Thank you to our Sponsors!  - 

News of MAPP cancelling the in-person aspect of the annual benchmarking conference saddens me.  I learn so much every October in Indianapolis; on topics from leadership to issues peculiar to plastics processors, as well as see old friends in the industry.  Thank you to the MAPP team for your leadership with both the annual conference and this pandemic.  I know your decision was extremely difficult.  From my perspective, the decision to transition to a virtual

Conference was selfless and showed what great leaders this organization possesses.  MAPP sets the bar with its annual benchmarking conference, and I’m certain MAPP will put on a ground-breaking virtual conference! - Mike Devereux, Mueller Prost 


Unfortunately, by now you are aware, the LIVE Benchmarking Conference has been cancelled. I am sure we all recognize that this was a tough but the “right” decision by the MAPP Board of Directors. INCOE Corporation is fully supportive of their decision and I know first-hand, this was not taken lightly.
Those that have attended in the past know the value this Conference provides to the plastics industry is; immeasurable.
Those that have not experienced this event, along with those of past attendance, now have a unique opportunity.
The good news is the 2020 MAPP Benchmarking and Best Practices is NOT cancelled. Rather, will now take place -Virtually.
This event will not disappoint! Letha and Troy’s entire TEAM dedicated to MAPP will deliver value add to all  that invest in this event.
I understand the apprehension to be part of a format that has not existed in the past. However, It is my belief, your company and participants will recognize a favorable price/performance ratio!
INCOE Corporation, a wholly USA family owned business, will continue to provide a High Level of support to the 2020 Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference – MAPP’s strategic partners for nearly 20 years.
Myself and colleagues look  forward to “seeing” everyone at the 2020 VIRTUAL Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference
- With Kind and Best Regards, Jim Bott, INCOE


As a longtime supporter of MAPP and major sponsor of the annual Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference, we very much regret the cancellation of the in-person Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference - the leading conference for the Plastics Industry. We definitely understand and support the decision to take the conference virtual for 2020. We appreciate that the MAPP Board made this decision together with and for the exhibitors, their partners and participants. AMCO  has been a strategic partner and host at the Benchmarking Conference for many years, since the very beginning, and we are looking forward to the exciting new opportunities that will come with a virtual conference.  We will be continuing our trusting cooperation and support this year and in the coming years as a proven partner supporting new ideas.- Stacy Shelly, AMCO 



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