CLEVELAND - Out-of-town visitors at Plastics Fair Cleveland may get an idea of the importance of the plastics industry in Ohio even before they leave the airport. On June 12, the Polymer Resource Center inaugurated what it touts as an a ``multimedia interactive information center'' at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
A 9-foot-high, 4-foot-wide kiosk, located in a main concourse, can be used as a marketing tool by polymer companies, and an information source by others interested in finding out about polymer products and services.
Another kiosk will be installed at Akron-Canton Regional Airport.
Sponsors of the kiosks include A. Schulman Inc., based in Fairlawn, Ohio, and Van Dorn Demag Corp., headquartered in Strongs-ville, Ohio.
Installation of the kiosks was timed to coincide with Plastics Fair Cleveland, which was June 13-15.
``Our new information centers feature a vast database on northeast Ohio's polymer companies,'' said Ray Darby, executive director of the Polymer Resource Center.
``The polymer information center kiosk will serve as a hub for additional information on this area's plastic products and services,'' Darby said.
The kiosks also will encourage business travelers to consider northeast Ohio as a place to expand their business.
Darby said Ohio led the nation with 146 new and expanded polymer plants in 1993 and 1994. He said capital investment in those facilities totaled $829 million and added 5,873 new jobs to the economy.
Northeast Ohio also is the site of three nationally recognized polymer education and resource centers - the College of Polymer Science & Polymer Engineering at the University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University's Kent Hale Smith Engineering and Science Building in Cleveland, and Kent State University's Glenn H. Brown Liquid Crystal Institute.
``This region has the most comprehensive polymer education in the country, with programs starting as early as elementary,'' Darby said.
The information kiosk will feature data, multimedia presentations, and displays on the industry and the education and research capabilities.
It also will provide access to a huge database of company and product information, trade association services, and development opportunities worldwide, he said.