LEOMINSTER, MASS. — Now that most of the major renovations are over, the National Plastics Center & Museum is in its transitional phase.
``The museum is moving along,'' said Watts Humphrey, chairman of the Capital Campaign and chairman of Conair Group in Emsworth, Pa., ``[NPCM's National Board of Governors] is excited about the new displays and the progress of the construction.''
An ad hoc committee was formed at a May meeting of the board of governors, Humphrey said in a telephone interview. It is developing a campaign to fund further improvements.
The board did not decide when to hold an official grand opening, but will discuss the issue again at the board's annual fall meeting, Humphrey said.
One possibility is an official opening in October 2000.
However, the building is in use for classes, visitors and guest functions. The major renovation work is finished. Now, the concentration is on the exhibits.
Valerie A. Wilcox, NPCM executive director, said the focus is to get the National Plastics Hall of Fame exhibit open on the second floor.
``We're hoping for October,'' she said. ``At least the Hall of Fame will be in the formative stage. We can open it to the public in the evaluation mode and find out what's working and what's not.''
A photo gallery of Hall of Fame members now is on display on the first floor, but an interactive display is planned.
Wilcox said finishing touches, such as landscaping and a cellar floor, are under way.