U.S. plastics industry leaders descended upon Capitol Hill on July 25 to bring to Congress their collective concerns on the economic issues and business challenges threatening the nation's third-largest manufacturing sector, according to a news release from SPI.
The one-day legislative “fly-in” to Washington was an opportunity for plastics industry manufacturers from across the country to provide lawmakers with background and real-world scenarios that highlight how pressing issues impact the health and viability of their businesses, the release said.
“As we head into the fall elections, jobs and the economy continue to top the national agenda,” William Carteaux, president and CEO of the Society of the Plastics Industry, said in the release. “The plastics industry is the creator of nearly 900,000 jobs and has added 33,700 jobs since the end of 2009. Our industry has a presence in every state, contributes $341 billion in annual shipments to the U.S. economy, and enjoys a trade surplus of $17 billion.
“So today it was critical that we convey the business barriers and economic hardships the industry faces directly to the people who can actually do something about them — members of Congress,” he said.
Attended by more than 50 plastics industry leaders — from both SPI member companies and non-member companies — the fly-in included more than 70 scheduled meetings with senators, representatives and key staff in their Capitol Hill offices, according to the release.
After the day of formal congressional visits, attendees had the chance to mingle with several members of Congress at an evening reception.
Washington-based SPI sponsored the event.