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Every journey starts with a first step. The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and American Plastics Council engaged that process Jan. 8 with the announcement that both groups' state government affairs operations formally will work together under a single managing director.

It's a start. While neither SPI President Larry Thomas nor APC President Red Cavaney will discuss the subject of a merger, the board of each organization has some manner of union in mind.

Such thinking is to be encouraged. Combined, the groups can employ their political and technical resources more effectively.