Some industry leaders are talking about forming a plastics trade council in Minnesota - and both the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and American Plastics Council are involved. Jennifer Engh, director of government affairs for APC's Mid-west region in St. Paul, Minn., and Susan Faurot, SPI's Midwest Regional Manager in Chicago, attended a meeting in August to explore the move.
The group is tentatively being called the Council of Plastics Leaders, Engh and Faurot said.
Coordinating the effort is the Minnesota Precision Manufactur-ing Association of Minneapolis. Current plans call for the plastics group to be under MPMA.
Kathy Sheridan, MPMA associate director, said her group was founded in 1955. It represents firms that manufacture and supply components out of metal and other materials, sometimes known as contract manufacturers. MPMA also leads efforts with vocational education and work force development in the state.
The plastics group has set up a task force to determine a mission and set up future meetings, probably early in 1997, Engh said.
Engh said APC is involved be-cause APC's role has been to get processors involved politically.
A statewide plastics group can deal with issues such as companies joining forces to buy energy or insurance, she said.
Faurot said it is still too early to know if a plastics group will actually be formed. Based on the initial meeting, held in Minneapolis, she said: ``I don't know if the industry itself can clearly articulate whether they think there's a need for that group or not.''
When contacted for this story, several SPI-member companies in Minnesota either did not know about the move for a Minnesota group or declined to comment.