APC forms new unit for PS resin suppliers ARLINGTON, VA. — The American Plastics Council has formed a small business unit for polystyrene resin suppliers.
The Expandable Polystyrene Resin Suppliers Council will focus on promotion, identifying new markets and working with molders to develop applications, said Mike Levy, executive director of the Polystyrene Packaging Council. PSPC, which is part of APC, will provide staff support.
"They wanted to take advantage of what APC has to offer in communication and issues management in things like codes and standards," Levy said.
Arlington-based APC approved the new unit March 7. It replaces a similar unit at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. in Washington.
The council has four members: BASF Corp., Huntsman Corp., Nova Chemicals Inc. and StyroChem.
The council's technical support will help a related trade organization, the EPS Molders Association, which plans to hire a full-time technical issues manager, EPSMA said in a statement.
EPSMA, in Crofton, Md., said it will take a more active role in responding to regional code developments, ASTM committees and third-party research of EPS. Previously, EPSMA focused mainly on marketing.
EPSMA wants to be the frontline technical support group for EPS, a former function of the Foamed Polystyrene Alliance, another APC unit. FPSA's EPS members left the group in December, and FPSA now focuses on extruded PS.
NMTA gets behind apprentice tax credit
FORT WASHINGTON, MD. — Legislation that would give mold makers a tax credit for each apprentice they employ has not progressed as far on Capitol Hill as one key supporter would like.
The National Tooling and Machining Association, based in Fort Washington, hoped the legislation could have been part of a small-business tax-break package that the House passed March 9 but that President Clinton has threatened to veto.
The apprenticeship tax-credit bill, called the Skilled Workforce Enhancement Act, would give mold makers and other metalworking firms a $15,000 tax credit for each apprentice, said John Cox, manager of government affairs. The credit also would apply to heating and roofing contractors.
The bill is not controversial, but it lacks powerful constituencies pushing it, Cox said. "It is just hard plowing. You take it one row at a time," he said.
NTMA is part of a coalition that lobbies the legislation weekly and has won 60 cosponsors for it, he said. The bill had a hearing Feb. 9, but no additional hearings are planned, Cox said.
SPI divisions planning 2001 joint conference
WASHINGTON — The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s divisions for molders, mold makers and machinery suppliers will be having a joint conference in 2001.
The three divisions will meet at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., from April 29 to May 2, 2001. It will be the first joint conference for the three divisions, although they have held joint meetings previously, said Walt Bishop, executive director of all three SPI divisions.
Bishop said that previously, some molders did not like the idea because they were concerned a joint conference would be a "target-rich environment" for the other two groups to sell to them. But the success of a joint mold makers and machinery conference prompted another look, he said.
"It gives us as staff the opportunity to broaden the program," Bishop said. The groups also already work together on issues such as safety standards, he said.