Lest your recent article ``SPI yanks financial support for state lobbying with APC'' (June 14, Page 5) create any confusion, I want to assure your readers that the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. will continue its leadership role in state and local affairs on behalf of the plastics industry processors, machinery manufacturers and material suppliers that comprise our membership. In that regard:
SPI will continue its long-standing state regulatory monitoring, reporting and advocacy and will enhance its compliance assistance program to help industry members deal with the myriad state and local requirements that most-affect their day-to-day businesses.
SPI will provide responsive representation on state legislative matters. While the current state legislative environment does not justify major expenditures in this area, SPI is fully prepared and able to step in and effectively serve the industry's needs should an issue arise.
SPI's five regional offices will continue their successful state outreach and grass-roots activities, including sponsorship of plastics summits and state industry days, as well as the development of strong relationships with state and local officials from the governor's office on down.
SPI will continue its active support of state and regional plastics industry groups, many of which have been and are being organized under its auspices. Our regions also serve a growing number of state and local SPI chapters.
SPI will coordinate with the American Plastics Council to avoid public conflicts or duplication and ensure the best representation for the industry. It is worth noting, however, that APC does not represent the interests of SPI or its general membership, nor should it set policy for processor or machinery interests, since its 24 members are exclusively resin producers.
SPI's state activities existed long before the joint SPI/APC legislative effort was established, and they will continue. Our new strategic management committee on public affairs will soon begin to establish priorities to ensure that SPI's responsible representation of the industry in this area receives the resources and attention deemed appropriate by our membership.
In the meantime, rest assured that SPI remains a visible and potent force at the state and local level.
Larry L. Thomas