A familiar plastics industry name is to be sworn in next month as governor of Utah.
Jon Huntsman Jr., son of Huntsman Corp. founder Jon Huntsman, won the state's top spot in the Nov. 2 general election. The Salt Lake City firm is a major producer of polyurethane, polypropylene, expanded polystyrene and other specialty chemical products.
As chairman and chief executive officer of Huntsman Family Holdings LLC, the younger Huntsman oversees family investments in Huntsman chemicals, plastics and other financial areas, but is not involved in the day-to-day operations of Huntsman Corp.
Huntsman, 44, won 57 percent of the popular vote in defeating Scott Matheson Jr., the son of a former Utah governor. An Associated Press story described the Huntsman and Matheson families as ``the closest thing to royalty in Utah.''
Huntsman never has held public office, but he did serve as U.S. ambassador to Singapore in the first Bush administration and worked for the Commerce Department in Asia as well.
Huntsman Corp. is in the process of becoming public through an initial public offering set to take place later this year.