WASHINGTON — The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. is considering a major reorganization of its core departments, a move that follows other restructuring and a contentious year at SPI.
The reorganization, which will be the focus of a board meeting Sept. 30-Oct. 2, would structure Washington-based SPI's operations around three key programs rather than departments.
SPI President Larry Thomas said the three programs would be:
Representation, which includes government affairs.
Promotion, which would dovetail with the American Plastics Council mission of positioning plastics as a preferred material.
Business development, which would include trade shows and other market-development efforts.
But the board still must review those general concepts at its meeting later this month, so Thomas declined to provide more details. If the concept is good, more specific plans would be developed and final decisions made at the January SPI board meeting, Thomas said.
The recommendations were put together by the Evaluation Task Group, a group of SPI members who spent several months studying SPI.
In recent months SPI has lost several large resin company members and has seen the leaders of its largest business unit, the Composites Institute, leave and join a rival trade group.
But Thomas said the reorganization is not connected to those moves, and is a continuation of efforts that began in January 1997 when SPI restructured its dues and changed how its business units are funded. The restructuring of core functions would affect $12 million of SPI's $30 million annual budget. The rest of SPI funding supports the business units.