Bill Carteaux, the president and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association, will chair a council of manufacturing-oriented lobbying groups and organizations within the Washington-based National Association of Manufacturers.
The Jan. 17 announcement from NAM said that Carteaux will serve a one-year term as chair of NAM's Council of Manufacturing Associations, made up of more than 260 industry-specific associations that work with the larger NAM. The Plastics Industry Association previously was called the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
The group said the CMA helps manufacturers to present a unified front. Two other plastics industry association leaders serve on the 22-member CMA board: Kate Offringa, president of The Vinyl Siding Institute, and Tony Radoszewski, president of the Plastics Pipe Institute.
“President-elect Donald Trump and manufacturers across the country need strong partners to bring about the change Americans voted for in November,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, in a statement.
“From the first hours of the Trump transition, when the CMA helped us bring more than 1,100 executives together to pledge their best efforts to unite the country, manufacturers have shown they're ready to work with the new administration and new Congress and be the solution in moving policies that will realize the promise of manufacturing in the United States,” Timmons said.
Carteaux had previously served as vice-chair of the CMA.
“[Carteaux's]commitment to manufacturing and his unparalleled experience in the industry make him the perfect choice to serve as chair of the CMA this year,” Timmons said. “He continues to be a strong advocate in the business community, and his leadership will be a great asset to the industry as we strive to expand opportunities and create more good-paying jobs.”
In an industry briefing last week, Carteaux elaborated on how the plastics association sees the incoming administration, expecting more friendly regulatory and policy decisions but concerned about pledges to rollback trade deals.