WASHINGTON - Several years after laying off its top technical person during budget cuts, the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has announced plans to create a technical and science adviser position in the organization.
The Washington-based trade group said it was promoting Lynne Harris to the new position of science and technology officer. The group laid off Pat Toner, then vice president of technical affairs, in budget cuts in 1999.
SPI President Donald Duncan told an SPI division meeting in June that the trade group had let its technical competency lapse by the time he took over as head of the association in March 2000.
``When I first came in here, I was the technical officer,'' Duncan said.
Harris will act as liaison to other plastics groups and regulators on technical questions.
Harris directed several SPI task groups, including ones on bisphenol A and epoxy resins, along with SPI's Organic Peroxide Producers Safety Division. He will keep all of those positions except for the BPA group, which is moving to the American Plastics Council. Since BPA took up much of his time, that frees up Harris for the new position, SPI officials said.