I agree with your Feb. 1 Viewpoint ``APC muscle flexing hurts merger effort'' — the U.S. plastics industry needs one major trade association.
But I would choose the American Plastics Council plan and leadership.
During the past few years, APC has lead the way to change public opinion about the industry, provided effective governmental advocacy and amassed a formative grassroots structure at the state level.
APC is demonstrating value and must be doing something right.
The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc., on the other hand, has dropped the gavel.
The failure to provide leadership and value to the industry has caused membership to drop even when dues have been drastically lowered.
By rejecting a proposal by APC for a new, unified plastics organization, SPI has turned its back on what may have been its best chance for a strong industry voice. A voice that could serve the needs of processors, machinery manufacturers and resin companies.
I cannot believe that any current SPI member doesn't recognize the strength that APC has to impact issues of importance to processors, both at the state and national levels.
The members of APC have the voice, the commitment and the resources to make things happen, and my company personally derives value by being involved in their grassroots activities.
SPI's failure to provide that kind of value at the local level is what I think is driving members away — and not just resin companies but also processors and machinery makers.
The fact that APC proposed a 50-50 vote-split between resin manufacturing members and processor/machinery members of the proposed new organization for a few key types of decisions sounded more than reasonable to me (50 percent is not a majority).
The resin companies were willing to relinquish majority control despite the fact that they provide the majority of funding — but SPI didn't seem willing to even talk about it.
I hope it's not too late for SPI to reconsider its decision.
Peachtree Plastics Inc.