The Society of Plastics Engineers has sold its headquarters in Connecticut and is moving to a smaller suite of offices in a nearby town.
The old building in Brookfield, near Danbury, Conn., was the society's home for nearly three decades.
SPE's new offices are in Newtown, Conn., about eight miles away from the former headquarters.
We had a contract in March and we're closing on June 30, Executive Director Susan Oderwald said in a June 21 interview at the society's annual Antec technical conference, which was held in conjunction with NPE2009 in Chicago.
SPE was facing a June 29 deadline to move out of its old headquarters. Several staffers skipped this year's Antec, remaining in Connecticut to help with the transition to new office space.
SPE leadership in 2008 announced that it wanted to sell the building.
It's a cost-cutting move, as SPE like many trade organizations faces a slide in membership accelerated by the global economic downturn.
SPE recently has laid off staffers. In 2008, the group also reduced the amount of dues money the headquarters gives back to sections and divisions.
Oderwald said the organization expects its restructured staff and basic austerity measures to remain in place for the rest of 2009 and into 2010.
SPE moved into the two-story, 36,000-square-foot Brookfield building in 1980. The group had occupied 13,000 square feet of office space and leased part of the first floor to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
SPE is renting the new building in Newtown, which measures just 3,700 square feet.