U.S. Senator Ron Johnson will speak at Global Plastics Summit 2017, set for Oct. 11-13 in Chicago.
Johnson, a Republican from Wisconsin, worked in plastics for more than 30 years with custom extruder Pacur LLC before being elected to the Senate in 2010. It was the first run for elected office of any kind for Johnson, who was Oshkosh, Wis.-based Pacur's CEO at the time.
At GPS 2017, Johnson plans to speak about the effect of U.S. policy on the plastics industry. The event is co-hosted by IHS Markit, a Houston-based consulting firm, and the Washington-based Plastics Industry Association.
In a recent email, IHS executive Nick Vafiadis said that GPS "features a wide breadth of information and insight, from market analysis and projections … to strategies for success from leaders throughout the supply chain."
Vafiadis, vice president of global polyolefins and plastics for IHS, added that the event will feature "game-changing technologies…that are revolutionizing the face of the plastics industry across many sectors including recycling, sustainability, automotive, medical devices, and packaging."
Other speakers at GPS 2017 include:
• Todd Becker, polyethylene sales director for Nova Chemicals.
• Kathy Bolhous, CEO of Charter NEX Films.
• Plastics Industry Assocation President Bill Carteaux.
• Diego Donoso, specialty plastics business president for DowDuPont Inc.
• Kamal Nanavaty, president of strategy for Reliance Industries Ltd.
• Mark Nikolich, CEO of Braskem America Inc.
• Jason Paladino, application development vice president for Berry Global.
• Jason Williams, senior lecturer in plastics engineering at Penn State Erie/Behrend College.