August 31, 2012
Processing Technologies International (PTi) of Aurora, Illinois, hosted Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL) at its facility on August 28. Representative Biggert, who serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, received an overview of the company and discussed legislative issues with PTi's senior management before touring the manufacturing operation. An advocate for U.S. competitiveness and a champion for environmental and energy issues, the Congresswoman viewed a special demonstration line of PTi's twin-screw sheet extrusion machine which uses less energy at a higher capacity.
"Manufacturing leaders like PTi drive prosperity here at home and can help lead our economy into a recovery, but Congress can and must do more to help create an environment in which American manufacturers can thrive," said Biggert. "At PTi, we had a very productive and insightful discussion about how the federal government can remove burdensome regulations, simplify the tax code, and promote fair trade policies that will result in manufacturing jobs in our community and across the nation."
"We're happy that Congresswoman Biggert could visit our facility and meet with our employees," said Dana Hanson, PTi President. "It was a great opportunity for us to show her the exciting developments at PTi and the leading-edge technology we've created for the plastics industry and discuss with her the challenges we face as an international supplier."
"As an employer of skilled workers and a manufacturer of high-tech plastic sheet extrusion machinery, PTi plays a critical economic role in Aurora and the state of Illinois," said William Carteaux, President and CEO of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. "I am pleased that SPI was able to arrange Representative Biggert's tour of the PTi facility. Plant tours are an excellent way for lawmakers to see innovative technology and understand first-hand how current public policy issues impact business."
Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.
"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."