WASHINGTON - Warren L. Batts, chairman and chief executive officer of two major U.S. plastics processing concerns, assumed chairmanship of the 14,000-member National Association of Manufacturers at the group's half-year board meeting Sept. 21 in Washington. Batts is chairman of Premark International Inc. of Deerfield, Ill., maker of Hobart commercial food equipment, Wilsonart plastic laminate, West Bend appliances and other consumer items. With 22,000 employees, Premark International's 1995 sales were $3.6 billion.
On May 31, Premark spun off its Tupperware Corp. subsidiary into a separate company. Batts was named chairman and CEO of that company at the same time. Tupperware, headquartered in Orlando, Fla., molds plastics at its plant in Hem-ingway, S.C., and 12 offshore locations. According to NAM, Tupper-ware employs 6,600 and had 1995 sales of $1.4 billion.
A theme of Batts' remarks to the association's leadership at the Washington meeting was a call for a ``broad-based policy agenda that encourages long-term economic growth [in the United States] of at least 3 percent.''
``Only through faster economic growth can the government fulfill its current obligations, deal with problems looming on the horizon and provide Americans with the opportunities they deserve,'' Batts said.
Other key lobbying points NAM is expected to make in the next year include expanding international trade and exports, restructuring the tax code to stimulate savings and investment, and ``restoring fiscal responsibility to Social Security and other entitlement programs.''