JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (Nov. 8, 11:30 p.m. ET) – Dave Spence, president and CEO of St. Louis blow molder Alpha Packaging Inc., is considering running for governor of Missouri, according to news reports this week.
Spence told the Associated Press on Nov. 8 that he may run for the Republican nomination for governor. That could put him in a primary race against current Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
The current governor, Democrat Jay Nixon, is expected to run for reelection in 2012.
Alpha Packaging ranked No. 18 in Plastics News' most recent survey of North American blow molders, with sales of $189 million.
If Spence wins, he could be following in the footsteps of another plastics industry political novice. In 2010, Ron Johnson, then president of sheet extruder Pacur LLC in Oshkosh, Wis., unseated Democrat Russ Feingold for a U.S. Senate seat in Wisconsin.