CHICAGO — Chicago's McCormick Place will be the site of a statewide conference for Illinois plastics industry leaders to meet for an interactive exchange to learn more about issues facing the industry and ways to meet these challenges.
Sponsored by the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Midwest Regional Office and SPI/American Plastics Council State Government Affairs, the Illinois Plastics Industry Day is set for Oct. 8 in conjunction with Plastics USA 98.
The Illinois plastics summit will include a round-table discussion of globalization featuring Dale Reichhart, vice president and general manager, Cherry Electrical Products; Tim Stojka, president, Fast Heat Inc.; and John Simontacchi, vice president and general manager, Barber Colman/Siebe.
Gary Rogers, chief executive officer of GE Plastics, will discuss opportunities for the plastics industry, including economic factors affecting resin supply, and how new technology influences material selection and development of new products.
Officials from Motorola Corp. will share an original equipment manufacturer's perspective on how plastics companies can best meet customer needs.
Another highlight of the event will be a presentation by students of Creating Pride, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring arts programs continue in public schools. Six children were chosen to illustrate how plastics have made a difference in their lives. Their artwork, created from a variety of mixed media, including plastic, will be on display.
For additional information or to register, contact Susan Faurot, SPI Midwest Regional Office, (773) 380-0808.