As leaders and customers of the Mid-America Plastics Partners Inc., we were a bit puzzled by the Aug. 10, Page 12 Viewpoint, ``Regional societies wield local leverage.''
The article referenced, and seemed to even criticize, several aspects of local and regional groups. Since we were one of two organizations mentioned by name, we thought it appropriate to address the points you mentioned that contradict MAPP's operating and service philosophy.
One point you made in your article was ``the industry should be against trends that could lead to intraregional, intrastate or intramaterial bashing,'' implying that Balkanization is present in all groups. This simply is not the case.
Regional groups in the Midwest, including MAPP, the Kentucky Alliance for the Plastics Industry Inc. and the Plastics Processors Association of Ohio have a good working relationship and communicate with each other on a frequent basis.
As your Aug. 3, Page 3 story noted, our intention is to work with other groups because of the benefits this type of synergy generates for our processing partners. MAPP and KAPI are unifying because it makes sense for the processors!
The other point made in your Viewpoint was that the regional groups ``make most sense when they are operated within, or in cooperation with, national umbrella organizations.'' Implied in this statement is that regional groups are not reaching out to the national umbrella organizations, and this, too, simply is untrue.
Case in point: MAPP understands the benefits of working with the Society of Plastics Engineers and has formed a technology alliance with the Central Indiana Chapter of SPE. A team of SPE members and MAPP partners now drive the technology topics delivered at bimonthly MAPP meetings, which are held to discuss business and industry issues.
Additionally, MAPP has recently reached out to the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and aided them in getting additional molders involved in piloting their operator certification exams.
MAPP was created by a group of industry professionals who have been involved with plastics for many years. Our intent was to build an organization that would work solely on helping processors improve and better compete, and this we have done successfully.
MAPP is an organization for processors and run by processors. Our operating philosophy is simple: If there is a need or challenge identified by our processors that is not being addressed by another group and fits in the confines of MAPP's mission — to help processors expand their business and reduce their costs — then we will allocate resources to efficiently and effectively meet the needs and challenges our processors face.
This trend is one that is mutually beneficial to both the individual processor as well as the industry as a whole.
Metro Plastics Technologies Inc.
American Plastic Molding Corp.