WASHINGTON - The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has taken further steps toward producing a workable molder certification program. SPI has named Drew Fleming, the staff director most involved with the program, to the newly created position of director of Industry Workforce Development.
The Washington trade group also announced July 24 it has formed a nine-member committee to study the ``logical analysis'' phase of the molder certification program development. The committee is expected to report in August its definitions of the tasks of specific job levels within injection molding and how these job levels relate to each other, Fleming said.
The National Employee Cer-tification Pro-gram in Plastics Molding ``will be the cornerstone of what I'm doing'' in the new capacity, Fleming said. He also will direct the creation of a plastics industrywide certification program using the molder's program as a model.
Fleming, with SPI since 1988, will give up his responsibilities for directing the SPI Molders Division. That position will be assumed by Jack Murphy, who also directs the SPI's Structural Plastics and Healthcare divisions and its Thermoforming Institute.
``The results of the panel's analysis of injection molding production jobs will form the basis of the certification program,'' ac-cording to an SPI statement from the group's certification program chairman, Dale Reichhart.
Reichhart, vice president of Huron Plastics Group Inc. of Port Huron, Mich., said input from molders ensures the certification exams address all aspects of injection molding.
After the logical analysis panel gives its report, a job analysis group will determine the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for workers within each level of molding production.
Four of the nine members on the logical analysis panel are from Michigan: Rick Bailey of Lexing-ton Plastics Inc., in Lexington; Doug Conners of Blue Water Plastics Co. in St. Clair; Larry Eisenga of Blue Water Plastics Inc. in Marysville; and Raymond Sutherland of Michigan Plastic Products Co. in Grand Haven. Two members are from Bemis Manufacturing Co. in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.: Lori Allman and David Collins.
Other panel members are Gary Freiburg of Nypro (Oregon) Inc. in Corvallis, Ore.; Sonny Hawkins of United Southern Industries Inc. in Forest City, N.C.; and Louis Perches of Jatco Inc. in Union City, Calif.
Nypro Inc., based in Clinton, Mass., is the only firm represented that is not an SPI member. Fleming said the SPI leadership, although directly accountable to members, believes the program will benefit the entire industry.