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PD&F - Plastics Distributor® & Fabricator magazine's website has five major sections that correspond to our printed magazine and offer a twelve-year archive of articles. Additional sections like the Resource Center and keyword searchable 2020 Buyer's Guide provide comprehensive directories to the leading suppliers of plastic shapes, fabrication machinery (saws, routers, lasers, thermoforming), tooling, accessories and supplies. The PDFM logo at the top of each page is a link back to our home page.

News provides Late Breaking News on the companies and individuals that impact our industry.

are in-depth articles on plastics fabrication, material, machinery and tooling selection and new products and services.

are a collection of articles covering the disciplines of Thermoforming, Routing And Trimming of Plastics and Thermoplastic Welding.

Articles is a listing, by category, of the articles in each respective issue of the magazine over the past nine years.

Columns - Safety Solutions covers a wide variety of work place safety related subjects.

The keyword searchable 2020 Buyer's Guide features over 100 of the leading suppliers and manufacturers serving our industry and includes a brief description of the products and services they offer.

The Advertiser Directory, divided into nine categories, offers hot links and e-mail links to the display advertisers and Manufacturers' Reps found in the current issue of the magazine.

The Manufacturers Representatives section is a comprehensive listing of manufacturer representatives that can be searched by product or geographic region.

The Resource Center features our 2020 Nylon & Acetal Shapes special section including Articles, Product Listings and a Directory of Suppliers as found in the May/June 2020 issue of the magazine.

Classifieds feature Help Wanted, For Sale, Wanted and Services relevant to the plastic shapes industry.

People, Place & Things provides plastics industry promotions, new hires and company news.

Mark Your Calendar lists upcoming conferences and trade shows of interest to distributors and fabricators of plastics shapes.

Visitor's Center is where you are now. Here you will find the site overview, contact information, a link to our subscription form, editorial calendar and advertising rates and specifications.


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Write, call, fax or email us at:

PD&F - Plastics Distributor® & Fabricator Magazine
P.O. Box 669
La Grange, Illinois 60525-0669
Phone: (708) 588-1845
Fax: (708) 588-1846
Email Us

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For subscriptions outside the United States, the cost is $50.00 (USD). Please forward a check drawn on a U.S. affiliate bank, along with a completely filled-out copy of the subscription form, to the magazine at the address listed above.

Click here for our E-Reader Service/Online Subscription form.

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2020 Editorial, Circulation And Advertising Information

Click here to download a PDF of our 2020 Rate Card

PD&F Magazine is edited for all aspects of the plastic shapes industry. We reach qualified decision makers active in the sale and fabrication of plastic sheet, rod, tube, profiles film, pipe and fittings. Featuring regular columns, news and new products, we provide the information our readers need to stay current and competitive on the sawing, routing, bending, bonding, welding and forming of plastic shapes.


Issue Feature
January/February CNC Routers & Tooling
March/April Saws & Tooling
See-Through Plastics
May/June Nylon & Acetal
Finishing & Assembly
July/August 2020 Buyer’s Guide
IWF Atlanta Preview
September/October High Performance
Finishing & Assembly
November/December Signs & P.O.P.

Special Advertising Sections

Nylon & Acetal Shapes
This special advertising section features news, new products and fabrication techniques for working with these industrial workhorses. Editorial charts provide a quick reference to the shapes available from leading manufacturers. Nylon and Acetal display advertisers(1) receive a free Supplier Listing in the magazine and on our website with hotlinks.

2020 Buyer's Guide
The 2020 Buyer’s Guide will offer fabricators the most comprehensive listing(1) of the leading suppliers and manufacturers for the plastic shapes industry. From material and machinery to equipment and supplies, the 2020 Buyer s Guide will provide readers with a valuable who s who. A hot linked and keyword searchable version is also featured on our website.

Regular Columns and Features
In addition to news and new products, our regular columns and features include:

  • News Briefs
  • People Places & Things
  • New Products
  • Safety Solutions
  • Literature Review
  • On the Web
  • Other Plastics News

Closing Dates

Issue Ad/Edit Close Material Close
January/February 12/13/19 12/20/19
March/April 02/14/20 02/21/20
May/June 04/20/20 04/27/20
July/August 06/05/20 06/12/20
September/October 08/14/20 08/21/20
November/December 10/16/20 10/23/20

Issues are distributed the first of the second month of cover date.


2020 Advertising Rates - Effective 01-01-20

Black and White Per Insertion 1x 3x 6x
Full Page $5,734 $5,254 $4,774
Island $4,295 $4,051 $3,815
1/2 Page $3,122 $2,886 $2,658
1/3 Page $2,292 $2,208 $2,086
1/4 Page $1,965 $1,896 $1,774
1 col. X 3" $1,203 $1,165 $1,089
1 col. X 2" $1,013 $975 $914
Spot Lits (1/6 Page)
B/W or Color-of Run $801 $515 $400
4-color $1,099 $959 $846
Mfg Reps Business Cards(2) $220


Directory Listings(1) Month Rate
Nylon & Acetal May/June $866
2020 Buyer's Guide July/August $866


Color Rates
Black and white advertisers may use PMS 301 (blue) at no additional charge. All other colors are subject to the four-color rate. The following are in addition to the black and white earned rate.
Full Page, Island, 1/2 Page $991
All other fractional units $762


Premium Positions (In addition to the earned 4-color rate)
Back Cover $1,156
Inside Front Cover $761
Inside Back Cover $660


Classified Advertising

Five lines or less - $65 (based on 2-column format), $3 for each additional line. Classifieds must be pre-paid and will appear on our web site for up to four months.


Mechanical Specifications
Magazine Trim 8 1/8" x 10 13/16"
Live Matter Subtract 1/4" from trim on all sides
Bleed Add 1/8" to trim on all sides
Binding Saddle Stitch


Ad size Width x Height
Full Page 7 5/8" x 10 3/8"
Island 4" x 7 1/4"
1/2 Page Horizontal 7 1/4" x 4 7/8"
1/2 Page Vertical 3 1/2" x 10"
1/3 Page Vertical 2 1/4" x 10"
1/3 Page Square 4 3/4" x 4 7/8"
1/4 Page 3 1/2" x 4 7/8"
1 col. x 2" 3 1/2" x 2"
1 col. x 3" 3 1/2" x 3"
Spot Lits*  
(1/6 Page) 2 1/2" x 4 5/8"
Business Cards 3 1/2" x 2"

* Subtract 1/4" from all sides for live matter and add 1/8" to all sides for bleed.
**Spot Lit ads run up to six on a page.


Web Advertising
Reach over 54,000(5) prospects a year through the Internet’s most targeted website for distributors and fabricators of plastic shapes.

PD&F offers the following ad units on the industry-leading source for plastic sheet fabricators with a twelve-year archive.

Ad Unit Dimensions Open 3x $/mn 6x $/mn 12x $/mn
Web Buttons 150 x 100 $750 $638 $600 $563
Skyscrapers 150 X 500 $1,250 $1,063 $1,000 $938

Ads appear(6) in four locations:
Home Page:
Buyer’s Guide Page:
Article Search Page:
eReader Form:

Over the past year has hosted over 62,000 visitors and served nearly 85,000 pages of industry-leading content.

Material Requirements
Digital advertising materials are accepted in formats that can be placed in Quark Xpress 7.0 (high-res, CMYK .tif, .pdf [version 1.3], .eps files). Native Quark files for version 6.0 or higher will also be accepted. Detailed digital specifications are available upon request. There is a $50 fee for converting .jpeg files, RGB files and .pdf files from version 1.4 to 1.3.

Proofs must accompany all advertising materials. If a proof is not provided, the publisher shall not be held accountable for errors or omissions in color or ad content. A calibrated color proof must be supplied if color match is critical.

Web ad specs: File format: GIF or JPEG; Color Depth: 8 bits (256 colors); File size: Try to keep under 30k (recommended 15-20k). See above for web ad unit dimensions.

Forward Insertion Orders and Materials to:
PD&F Magazine
121 W Hillgrove Ave., #669
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Cancellations or changes in orders are not accepted after closing date and none may be considered executed unless acknowledged by the Publisher.


PD&F Magazine is published six times per year and is mailed to qualified distributors and fabricators of plastic shapes in the United States, Canada and overseas. Additional qualified readers include material and machinery manufacturers serving the industry.

Business/Industry Category Copies(2) %
Distributors(3) of sheet, rod, tube, profiles, film, pipe and fittings. 2,469  14
Fabricators of products and parts from transparent and mechanical thermoplastics and thermoset shapes by a variety of processes including sawing, routing, bending, bonding, machining and forming. 2,500 70
Manufacturers of plastic rod, sheet, tube, profiles, film, pipe and fittings, and manufacturers' representatives. 1,433 8
Machinery, tooling and accessory manufacturers and distributors. 1,365 7
Advertising copies to the above categories. 169 1
TOTAL 17,936 100
Allocated to Trade Shoes and Conventions Calendar 2019 750  


Regional Breakdown
New England... 7.4% East South Central... 4.2%
Middle Atlantic... 15.4% West South Central... 6.8%
East North Central... 26.8% Mountain... 4.0%
West North Central... 6.2% Pacific... 12.5%
South Atlantic... 14.0% Canada... 2.7%

Contact Information

PD&F - Plastics Distributor® & Fabricator Magazine
121 W Hillgrove Ave., #669
La Grange, Illinois 60525-0669
Phone: 708-588-1845   
Fax: 708-588-1846
Web Site:
Email Us

Published by KLW Enterprises, Inc.

David Whelan Editor / Publisher

Kate Goodwin Associate Editor

Lynette Zeitler Art Director

Contributing Editors

Jack Podojil Safety Solutions


TERMS: Invoices are issued with publication of each issue on approximately the first of the month of the cover date and are due upon receipt. One-issue credit limit. Publisher requires pre-payment for first insertion for all new accounts and may require pre-payment for off rate card discounts. Publisher reserves the right to suspend credit for accounts over 60 days past due and require pre-pay for future ad insertions after bringing account current. A finance charge of 1.5% per month will be assessed on balances over 60 days past due. Charges for advertising space are ultimately the responsibility of the advertiser. In the event that the advertiser s agent, agency or representative does not remit payment in full within 90 days from date of original invoice for the advertising placed on their client's behalf, the advertising charges will be billed directly to the advertiser and be due in full within 30 days. All rates are net per insertion. All remittances must be made in United States exchange. Prices and conditions subject to change without notice.

GENERAL CONDITIONS & INFO: Publisher will not be bound by any conditions, oral or written, appearing on contracts, orders or copy instructions that conflicts with the provisions of this rate card. Advertising positions are not guaranteed unless accepted by Publisher in writing. All orders are accepted subject to acts of God, fire, accidents or other contingencies beyond Publisher s control and Publisher shall have no liability to any advertiser or advertising agency because of failure to complete advertising orders due to such causes. Acceptance of order is conditioned by Publisher s approval of copy, text, display and illustrations. Despite such approval, all copy, text, display and illustrations are published with the understanding that the advertiser and advertising agency assume full and complete responsibility and liability for the content of all advertising copy submitted, printed or published. The advertiser and the advertising agency agree to indemnify and save harmless Publisher from any and all loss, expense or other liability arising from any claims for libel, violation of the right of privacy, plagiarism, copyright infringement, violation of a law imposed by the U.S. or by any state or subdivision thereof, and any other claim suit that may arise out of the publication of any advertising copy submitted, printed or published. Publisher reserves the right, without liability, to reject, omit or exclude any advertising for any reason at any time, with or without notice to the advertiser or advertising agency, and whether or not such advertising was previously acknowledged, accepted or published. The liability of the Publisher for any error which it may be held legally responsible will not exceed the cost of the space ordered or occupied by the error. Publisher will not, in any event, be liable for loss of income or profits or any consequential damages. Cancellations or changes in orders are not accepted after closing date and none may be considered executed unless acknowledged by the Publisher in writing. Neither the Plastics Distributor® & Fabricator magazine (PD&F) nor KLW Enterprises, Inc. is responsible for the contributed information or opinions contained in the magazine. All such information and opinions are those of the author(s).

(1) Nylon and Acetal display advertisers in the May/June issue receive a free listing. Display advertisers who run an insertion from September/October 2019 through July/August 2020, receive a free listing in the 2020 Buyer's Guide. Both directories appear on our website for up to one year with hotlinks. Listing includes a B/W Spot Lit ad.
(2) Circulation breakout for September/October 2019 issue.
(3) Subscriber analysis shows over 90% of distributors also fabricate.
(4) Manufacturers Reps Business Cards run for one year (six issues). All Business Card advertisements appear on our website with geographic coverage and products represented (information supplied by advertiser).
(5) Google Analytics 09/01/18 – 09/30/19.

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Plastics Distributor® & Fabricator Magazine
121 W Hillgrove Ave., #669
La Grange, Illinois 60525-0669
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Phone: (708) 588-1845
Fax: (708) 588-1846
Email Us