More than a year since hiring outside management to boost membership, the Association of Rotational Molders International has announced additional moves to streamline its organization.
In June, the Glen Ellyn, Ill.-based group's directors unanimously agreed that the group's head office will handle its international efforts, including those in the Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and South Asia divisions.
``Over the last 18 months the association has worked diligently to reduce overhead'' and improve services, association President Corey Claussen said in a July 24 news release. The group ``will be making even more progress over the next 18 months,'' he added.
Since CM Services Inc. took over management of the association in April 2007, ARM has focused less on increasing global staff, instead collaborating with other international rotomolding groups, ARM executive director Rick Church said in a July 24 telephone interview.
ARM is cross-promoting the Alliance of Rotational Moulding Organisations' convention Sept. 7-9 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and ARM's education committee is partnering with the Association of Rotational Moulders Australasia Inc. to review and revise ARM's troubleshooting manual.
In addition to the organizational change, association leaders also opted for a dues change in 2009 in which all ARM member companies will pay based on the same schedule, which is linked to sales volumes.
Previously, members outside North America paid dues based on World Bank development indices, which rate business conditions in different countries.
``You might have a molder in Wisconsin paying one level of dues and a [rotomolding] company in India paying a fraction of that, based on the index,'' Church said. ``This sliding scale for 2009 will apply to all members, with calculations based on sales volume, which varies from molders to suppliers and design firms and so on.''
In the release, Church said after successful 2008 regional meetings in Minneapolis and Akron, Ohio, ARM plans to hold four regional meetings in 2009. In addition, Church said, the association is planning an executive forum for managers and owners in the spring of 2009. ARM also will develop benchmarking reports for molders and suppliers and give safety surveys and an annual safety award. The group's annual meeting Oct. 21-23 in Rosemont, Ill., will run concurrent with Rotoplas 2008.