Industries in the plastics and rubber products manufacturing subsector make goods by processing plastic materials and raw rubber. This subsector is restricted to the production of products made of just one material, either solely plastic or rubber. There are many production processes that include plastics or rubber in combination with other materials. Those production processes are not included in this subsector.
In Kansas, plastics and rubber product manufacturing is a low-wage industry with generally flat employment growth. There are about 130 establishments in the state in this subsector, 12 of which have more than 250 employees. Over the past decade employment in this industry has averaged around 9,000 workers, with employment contracting an average of 0.3 percent annually.