In a recent opinion column, Plastics News failed to accurately characterize the accomplishments of Ron Yocum during his tenure as president of the American Plastics Council ("APC chief selection could unify industry," Jan. 22, Page 6). As the incoming chairman of APC, I´d like to set the record straight. Under Ron´s presidency, APC has grown into a strong and thriving organization that reflects the mission set out by the resin industry´s leadership.
During the past three years of his leadership, Ron has accomplished so much on behalf of the plastics industry. New members have been brought into the association. APC has become an effective, full-service trade association that not only helps manage issues for all types of plastics but also provides a cooperative umbrella for nine different resin-specific business units and trade association members and their customers.
An integral element of that change is greater cooperation among the related industry trade groups. Never before has there been greater coordination and cooperation among the trade groups involving organizations ranging from the suppliers to the end users of plastics.
The plastics industry trade associations are much stronger today than ever before, and the roles of each are more clearly defined. For our industry and our customers, the changes are very positive and will help our industry continue to grow globally in a free-market environment.
Ron is leaving the American Plastics Council strongly positioned for the future, and we thank him for that. We would have liked for Ron to stay longer, but we wish him the best in his retirement.
James P. Harris
ExxonMobil Chemical Co.