WASHINGTON — The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. approved a restructuring that creates three ``mission-oriented'' groups and puts significant power in the hands of councils representing key industry segments.
The SPI board unanimously adopted the restructuring at a meeting in Arlington, Va., from Jan. 27-29. SPI said it is designed to make the group more responsive to its members.
SPI's central administrative staff will be split into the three mission groups, which will focus on public policy, communications and business development. Each group will be directed by representatives from 20 member companies.
``This is a sea change for SPI and the first step toward more dynamic and representative leadership,'' SPI President Larry Thomas said. ``The new structure ensures that all SPI programs will be strategically oriented based on direction from our member companies.''
``It also gives us a tighter, more focused executive board which will streamline the decision-making process and provide better value and responsiveness,'' he said. ``Most important, our restructuring enhances the critical balance of representation... [that is] in the best interest of the industry.''
The restructuring creates three industry-segment councils that will choose SPI's executive board. One council will represent material suppliers, another processors and a third machinery manufacturers and other equipment suppliers, including mold makers.
The industry-segment councils also will choose members of the mission groups.
The reorganization reduces SPI's executive board from 60 to 29 members. The board will have eight members from each segment — machinery, materials and processors — plus five officers.
SPI wants the new structure to be in place by June 1.
The new structure also sets up a regional advisory group from SPI's four regional offices. That group will report directly to the executive board.