There is no shake-up at SPI, just progress
Your Aug. 13 article (``SPI shake-up concerning some members,'' Page 4) about recent strategic changes at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. was inaccurate on several counts. So, on behalf of our organization and our member companies, we want to set the record straight.
What your article called a ``shake-up'' was in fact a natural progression of the new governance structure that the officers and members of SPI began putting into motion more than two years ago.
Just as our own companies have been forced to change to keep up with the ever-increasing competitive environment, so must our trade association.
The recent realignment of SPI's governance structure will give all business sectors a voice in our policy-making process. Each of the three major plastics industry sectors - equipment builders, materials suppliers and processors - now has its own council reporting directly to SPI's executive board.
Our new governance structure in no way supersedes the roles of our longtime business units and special-purpose groups, which represent specific technologies, processes and industry sectors. Each of these units has interests and concerns that require the specialized expertise and motivation of people who work in those businesses every day.
Our new annual meeting concept came from our membership ranks and promises to be a valuable addition to SPI activities.
During our travels across the country, we've been asked to produce a meeting at which members from across the industry supply chain can gather to address issues affecting them all, build new relationships with colleagues from diverse sectors, and take part in meaningful networking forums to showcase new technologies, share best practices and stack themselves against industry benchmarks. So we're planning to do just that.
SPI will not dictate or in any way restrict the number of meetings or activities held by our business units or special-purpose groups. We are simply trying to find new and innovative ways to share valuable information and provide the unique networking venues that SPI is so widely known for.
In today's challenging business environment, we need an organization that embraces all sectors and speaks with one voice to protect, promote and grow the U.S. plastics industry. That organization is SPI.
United, the future of the plastics industry is bright. Together we will succeed - individually and collectively.
Chairman Jane Austin
On behalf of the SPI executive board