WASHINGTON — Illinois is preparing for its first state plastics summit on Oct. 9, while New York plastics firms and the state government are planning a similar statewide event for February 1999.
Illinois Plastics Industry Day will be held at the Wyndham Hotel in Itasca. It is sponsored by the Midwest office of the Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
The event will include sessions on work force development, educational opportunities, electricity deregulation, and grass-roots legislative involvement.
For more information on the Illinois event, contact the SPI Midwest office in Chicago at (773) 380-0808.
New York's state government is very interested in participating in a summit, but stronger commitments must be secured from all parts of the state's plastics industry, said Shari Jackson, manager of state affairs for the SPI/American Plastics Council joint state government affairs unit. That support should not be difficult to get, she said.
Thus far, Jackson has held planning discussions with state officials, industry lobbyists, some plastics companies and the Rochester chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
Officials selected February 1999 as a target date because it is not close to any state elections, so legislators are not likely to be distracted, Jackson said.
New York officials also are considering designating plastics a ``cluster group,'' or key industry, which would give the industry additional help from state economic development officials, she said. New Jersey and Arizona are considering similar steps, she said.