• Advocacy

      PLASTICS President and CEO Carteaux Takes Helm at CMA

      The Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS’) President & CEO Bill Carteaux has officially taken the helm of the Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) for a one-year term.
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      Plastics Champions Take On Capitol Hill

      On June 22, 2016, members of the plastics industry met with lawmakers during the 2016 Plastics Industry Fly-In, an event that gives professionals the opportunity to talk about important issues impacting plastics with our nation’s lawmakers. Nine plastics industry trade associations invited their members to come out and storm the Hill to have their voices heard.
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      Plastics Industry Welcomes First Bipartisan TSCA Update in 40 Years

      Earlier this week the Senate approved a much needed update to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The bill is now headed to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature. Here’s what SPI President and CEO William Carteaux, had to say about the first substantive update to TSCA in four decades:
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      Bridging the Gap between Policymakers and Business Owners

      Every year, members of the plastics industry have the opportunity to fly to Washington, D.C. to meet directly with members of Congress and voice their opinions on policies that directly affect their line of business. The Plastics Industry Fly-In is a way to bridge the gap between policymakers and business owners.
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      Why TSCA Reform Benefits Both the Public and the Plastics Industry

      There’s much praise for both the House and Senate versions of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) legislation. Why? How does reforming a 40-year old piece of legislation impact  an additive supplier in the value chain for an intricate piece in a larger finished product? Why should consumers be optimistic about the safety of future household products?
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      Four Reasons Why New Duty Drawback Rules Will Benefit U.S. Plastics and Other Manufacturers

      The Senate approved a compromise version of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644) today. The bill would make American manufacturers more competitive globally by streamlining trade flows, reducing paperwork burdens for smaller shipments and, notably, making duty drawback more available to companies of all sizes.
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      A Day of Firsts: SPI Does the Iowa Caucus

      This is my first blog—ever. There were a lot of firsts for me on the day of the Iowa caucuses. First time in Des Moines, first time to attend a caucus, first time to attend a presidential candidate’s primary after-party, and the first time I rode in a Bentley. More on the Bentley later.
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      Congress: We Urge Prompt Attention to Passing the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act

      The U.S. Congress has a great opportunity to come together and provide tax relief to both American families and the businesses in which they work. The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act would resolve four key issues that affect plastics. Specifically, the PATH Act would:
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      Senator Stabenow Shares Roundtable Discussion with Michigan SPI Members

      Twelve executives of SPI member companies in Michigan met on August 18 with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) at the headquarters of Dart Container Corporation in Mason, Michigan. Held in a roundtable format, the discussion provided Senator Stabenow and SPI members the opportunity for a dialogue on issues of mutual concern.