The Kentucky Alliance for the Plastics Industry Inc. plans to become part of Mid-America Plastics Processors Inc., a significant boost for the two state-level processor organizations.
Meantime, a statewide plastics organization is forming in Pennsylvania, an outgrowth of an industry summit in spring 1997.
Officials of the Kentucky and Mid-America groups announced July 28 they are beginning merger talks. Members are to meet Aug. 28 and make a decision soon after.
``There's no possibility that they won't unite,'' said Troy Nix, MAPP executive director.
The alliance would give KAPI the support of MAPP's full-time staff, which the Kentucky group lacks. KAPI, in turn, brings its educational programs to the table, said KAPI President Wayne Sweasy, a plant manager with DJ Inc. in Louisville. DJ is part of Clinton, Mass.-based Nypro Inc.
The merger would give Indianapolis-based MAPP about 110 members, if all of KAPI's companies join, Nix said. KAPI would keep its name and operate as a unit of MAPP.
The groups have to work out administrative details and the length of the trial period for KAPI members before they have to pay MAPP's full annual dues of $1,000, he said.
MAPP primarily is a business-services trade organization, providing joint purchasing and funneling business opportunities to its members, Nix said. KAPI's focus has been on education programs, setting up courses in injection molding throughout the state, Sweasy said.
MAPP represents processors in Indiana and the adjoining states, but most of its members come from Indiana, Nix said.
Plastics Pennsyvlania, which will be affiliated with the Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., plans four organizational meetings in September to recruit members, nominate officers and form a task force to begin the group's primary initiative — technical training and work force development.
The group's acting chairman will be Hoop Roche, chief executive officer of Erie Plastics Co. in Corry, Pa. SPI will provide administrative support during the start-up phase.
A recent survey sent to 1,200 plastics companies in Pennsylvania found that more than 90 percent were willing to join a statewide group, SPI said.
Organizational meetings will be held Sept. 15 in Philadelphia, Sept. 16 in Harrisburg, Sept. 22 in Erie and Sept. 23 in Pittsburgh.