WASHINGTON - BFGoodrich, which left the American Plastics Council in 1993, has returned to its membership fold along with newcomers Ashland Chemical Co. and Rohm and Haas Co., APC said Jan. 25. The new members in the Washington group are the first since APC's founding in 1992.
The announcement comes at a time when APC is streamlining with the aim of reducing membership dues, according to an APC staff member who asked not to be identified. The additions bring corporate membership to 27, its highest ever. The last membership change was in October 1994, when Phillips Petroleum resigned.
Red Cavaney, APC president and chief executive officer, said: ``The addition of these companies clearly strengthens APC and allows it to further extend its reach.''
In a statement, Wayne O. Smith, president of BFGood-rich's Specialty Chemicals operation, said: ``APC is playing a key role in assisting the advancement of plastics in the environment .... Such efforts are crucial to addressing real issues with long-term solutions.''
Smith was not available Jan. 25 at his Brecksville, Ohio, office to comment on why Goodrich chose to join APC now.
Geon Co., the PVC supplier that spun off from Goodrich in March 1993, did not continue BFG's membership in APC.
Also unavailable for comment were David J. D'Antoni, president of Ashland Chemical in Dublin, Ohio; and Charles M. Tatum, Rohm and Haas vice president and business unit director, in Philadelphia.