NPE2012 has landed a well-known name in both plastics and national politics to deliver the event's keynote address: former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
He will deliver the address April 1 in Orlando at a gala marking the 75th anniversary of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and the 50th anniversary of the Plastics Hall of Fame.
Also a former U.S. ambassador to China, Huntsman was seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. president before bowing out of the race in late January.
Huntsman's father, Jon Huntsman Sr., founded Huntsman Corp. of Salt Lake City in 1970. Today, the firm is a global plastics and chemicals maker with annual sales of more than $9 billion. Huntsman Sr. was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame in 1994.
Huntsman Jr. was named to the Huntsman Corp. board of directors Feb. 1.