NORWALK, CALIF. (Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m. ET) — The Western Plastics Association continues to broaden its base and is conducting a grass roots effort to become the voice of the plastics industry in the West.
“People want value,” said John Picciuto, who took office Sept. 1 for a one-year term as WPA president. Picciuto is Western market manager in Tustin, Calif., with compounder H. Muehlstein & Co. Inc.
WPA seeks to broaden its base across all plastics processes as it transitions from its decades-long legacy as the California Film Extruders and Converters Association. The core WPA region includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
Picciuto and others have met with molders in small groups of molders to “find out what people want,” he said. “We want to be a servant to the membership.” WPA held side meetings during the Sept. 26-28 Pack Expo event in Las Vegas, Nev.
A New York firm is creating a video for WPA. “We feel environmentalists have damaged plastics,” Picciuto said in an Oct. 4 interview in Norwalk. “We want to point to the science and benefits of plastics.”
New WPA members include dispensing systems supplier Inkmaker North America Inc. of Flemington, N.J.; equipment maker Paper Converting Machine Co. of Green Bay, Wis.; flexible packaging manufacturer Temkin International Inc. of Payson, Utah; temporary worker provider and search firm ICR Staffing Services Inc. of Victorville, Calif.; third-party logistics manager Book and Ship of Anaheim, Calif., an affiliate of GlobalTranz Inc.; packaging pre-press and design firm Trisoft Graphics Inc. of Costa Mesa, Calif.; thermoplastics re-processor Rainier Plastics Inc. of Yakima, Wash.; and petrochemical, vinyl, polymer and fabricated products manufacturer Westlake Chemical Corp. of Houston.
WPA officers serving additional terms are Vice President Kevin Kelly, CEO of Emerald Packaging Inc. of Union City, Calif.; Secretary Chandler Hadraba, managing director of Bradley Packaging Systems of Santa Monica, Calif.; and Treasurer Michael Hailfinger, national technical sales representative with INX International Ink Co. in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Laurie Hansen in Sacramento, Calif., is WPA's executive director.
Nick Vafiadis, polyolefin business director of IHS Inc.'s Chemical Market Associates Inc. of Houston, will provide a resin outlook at the WPA meeting on Oct. 25 at the Granville Island Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia.