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August/September 2023
The 67th IAPD Annual Convention and connecX Preview Issue + Agriculture Applications



Because it’s Important
Dates to Remember
The Realities of IAPD Hotel Contracts
New Products on the Market
Performance Plastics in Action
Best Practices to Start Your DEI+B Journey
Services and Equipment
Industry Movers and Shakers
Congratulations, Scholarship Recipients
Celebrating Sustainability Champions
IAPD Manufacturers’ Rep Cards
Performance Plastics August/September 2023 cover

Cover design by Mackenzie Diekmann,
IAPD Senior Multimedia & Design Manager.

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Because It’s Important
by Deborah Ragsdale
IAPD President

f you’ve attended IAPD events, chances are you are a highly engaged IAPD member. You understand the value of attending the in-person events, you probably have enjoyed building relationships with the people you see year-after-year and, most importantly, chances are good that you have achieved a level of success that you otherwise would not have. It’s thanks to those connections that you make with your partners and peers at IAPD events that you know whom to call when you need something, or you may be the person getting a call when one of your colleagues is in need.

It’s easy for those of us who are already involved to see the value of our IAPD involvement. We love the connections we’ve made. We like taking off our “company hat” and putting on our “IAPD hat” to tackle tough issues together, but it’s trickier to try to tell others why they should get involved. Any parent who has been asked “Why?” a million times by their child (often before that first cup of coffee!) will sometimes gravitate to the same response: “Because it’s important.” Well, that’s a great response for many of the “whys?” that pertain to IAPD.

The realities of iapd hotel contracts
by Susan Avery, CAE

arly in August, IAPD President Deborah Ragsdale, Vice President Peter DelGado and I sent letters to IAPD member company leaders, key contacts and convention exhibitors communicating the process of contracting with hotels for large events, the legal and financial risks the association takes, the benefits of staying in the room block and how they can help. I am now sharing this message with you.

The Benefits of Staying in IAPD’s Hotel Room Block

The great benefits of staying in IAPD’s hotel room blocks remain the same.

IAPD works hard to give our convention attendees an excellent experience at the IAPD Annual Convention. Each year, we commit to a certain number of room nights when contracting with the hotel. Doing so, ensures you and your team have ample time to secure your room reservations before those rooms become available for sale to the public at the current going rates.

Articles reporting on plastic products are prepared from information furnished by members of the IAPD and non-member magazine advertisers. The information provided is deemed reliable but is not verified. It should not be assumed that the publisher has reviewed or tested any of the products. For more information, contact companies by visiting their websites.
GEHR Plastics, Inc. launches first 3D filament with recycled wood fibers
cups and shot glasses made of ECO-FIL-A-GEHR Wood by GEHR Plastics, Inc.
ECO-FIL-A-GEHR Wood by GEHR Plastics, Inc.
GEHR Plastics, Inc. announced the launch of ECO-FIL-A-GEHR® Wood, the first 3D filament made of Sulapac®.

ECO-FIL-A-GEHR Wood consists of recycled wood fibers mixed with biodegradable biopolymers. The eco-filament gives the printed objects the natural look and feel of wood. It can be used to print both extremely robust and stable parts as well as light, highly detailed objects. The natural wood in the filament even gives products a subtle, natural scent. The material has high dimensional stability and elastic properties for 3D printing and filament extrusion.

King Hy-Pact, the super tough polymer sheet typography
a bottling machine

The smart choice for
many high abuse

two King Hy-Pact samples, in black and white

Available in colors: Black and White

King Hy-Pact, the super tough polymer sheet typography
a bottling machine

The smart choice for many high abuse application

two King Hy-Pact samples, in black and white

Available in colors: Black and White

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ACRYLITE® is used in a wide variety of commercial, military and rotary wing applications in monolithic or laminated form.

Roehm America LLC presents portfolio of ACRYLITE® aviation materials at the Paris Air Show

Roehm America LLC presented large stretched ACRYLITE® sheets and other aviation materials at the 54th Paris Air Show.

“Glazing for aircraft was one of the first applications for cast acrylic glass sheets once ACRYLITE® was registered as a brand 60 years ago,” says Florian Laub, head of the transportation market segment at Roehm America LLC. “Since then, we have developed a high-performance portfolio of special products for the aviation industry; all of which meet the stringent requirements of the respective applications.”

Cast and stretched polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) in the ACRYLITE® brand has been used for cabin windows and cockpit windshields in airplanes and helicopters for many decades now because of its excellent optical quality, low weight and tight thickness tolerances. On top of this, Roehm America LLC also presented an innovation at the Paris Air Show: A special feature for aviation materials that does not require coloring, yet still absorbs ultraviolet and infrared light. This provides aircraft passengers with a higher level of protection and reduces heat accumulation in the cabin, which, in turn, conserves the energy required for air conditioning.



by John Paul Massi, M. Holland Company
Article three in the DEI+B series by the IAPD Diversity Equity and Inclusion Task Force

he manufacturing and distribution industries are facing new challenges. Younger generations are arriving to the workforce expecting that companies align to their personal values, design equitable pathways for professional development and prioritize the elevation of minority voices in a way previous generations have not required. The plastics industry is beginning to experience a boom in establishing things like a supplier diversity strategy, environmental, social and governance (ESG) commitments and mentorship opportunities focused on historically underrepresented groups in leadership roles. Candidates, clients and even financial institutions are beginning to request information on organizations’ diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEI+B) efforts when deciding whether to invest in a company.

It’s not always clear how to effectively roll out DEI+B initiatives in a professional setting. There can be considerable ambiguity and, at times, even some tense reception to the conversation among both employees and external business partners. But successful organizations understand this work is essential to improving their talent brand, delivering on their commitments and cultivating a positive company culture, which is proven to impact the rate at which they attract and retain top talent (Parker, 2023).

So where does a business interested in exploring DEI+B begin the journey?



by David Corbliss, Gallina USA, LLC.

griculture presents many opportunities for selling polycarbonate (PC) sheets. Polycarbonate has many desirable characteristics that make it an excellent choice to be used as coverings on roofs and sidewalls; for flower and vegetation growth as well as livestock coverings and stalls. It has outstanding light transmission, high impact strength, excellent UV protection and flame resistance. It is also lightweight, virtually unbreakable and available in a variety of colors, opacity and diffusion options.

Before the advent of polycarbonate in the United States, greenhouses and other agricultural buildings relied on glass and polyethylene film for coverings; both of which came with a downside. Glass was heavy, expensive and subject to breakage from hail and wind-borne debris, while polyethylene (PE) film was not rigid enough and required replacement every two to three years. Polycarbonate sheets resolved all these issues and are available in multiwall, corrugated and solid sheets.


Engineering Plastics… Feeding the World

by Bryan Robinson, Mitsubishi Chemical Group – Engineered Shapes & Solutions

id you realize the world’s eight billion people are challenging the global food supply like never before? Projections show that we will need to produce more food over the next 50 years than we produced over the last 10,000 years.

The increased need for food will lead to an increased need for equipment and tools to produce the food. While it seems natural to classify all heavy equipment into one category that we label as construction and heavy equipment (CHE), the segment used by the agriculture market is so significant it should be looked at independently.

John Deere is the largest agriculture equipment producer in the world today, but many other very large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) operate both globally and regionally. Many offer broad product lines covering the main agriculture equipment segments while others produce unique pieces of equipment serving a highly specialized niche. Regardless of machine type, larger, smarter and faster machines enable farmers to plant, care for and harvest crops more efficiently than in the past. Today agriculture equipment sales exceed US$300 billion annually with a forecasted compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 6% through 2030. Engineering plastics play a significant role and are forecasted to contribute even more in the future.


Exploring Key Features of PVC Panel Liner

by Tony Martin, Palram Americas, Inc.

orrugated and flat polyvinyl chloride (PVC) liner panels are strong, rust-proof panels that naturally resist chemicals. Non-flammable and impact resistant, these panels are perfect for use on the most demanding agricultural, industrial and commercial applications. PVC liner panels are commonly used in agricultural applications as they offer several advantages in terms of durability, ease of installation and resistance to various environmental factors. The following are key features and applications of PVC liner panels in agriculture:

AG-TUF PVC liner panels in a dairy farm filled with cows
AG-TUF PVC liner panels by Palram Americas, Inc. are used in dairy farms since they resist emitted gasses in animal breeding areas.

Chemical Resistance

Harsh chemicals including fertilizers, pesticides, disinfectants and gases such as ammonia and hydrogen are often present in agricultural environments. These chemicals can accelerate the deterioration, rust and corrosion of interior lining or cladding materials. PVC liner panels are an alternative to metal sheets that offer a solution to this issue, as they are resistant to a wide range of chemicals. This resistance helps protect the panels from degradation and ensures their long-term performance in the often harsh conditions of livestock feeding and housing environments.

Fabrication Services Showcase contains paid listings of companies with fabrication services, products and machinery that cater to the performance plastics distribution industry. IAPD does not endorse nor make recommendations in regard to the companies supplying their services. For details and pricing information to include your company in this Fabrication Services Showcase, contact Dave Blackhurst, IAPD’s Sales Executive, at (913) 345-1005 or email

CNC Equipment
Stiles Machinery logo
Sawing, trimming, drilling, polishing, measuring or 3D processing — no matter what techniques are involved, Stiles has the CNC technology to get it done. Their machining solutions can be custom-configured to your specific needs. From productivity and high precision, to energy and material savings, Stiles provides proven CNC options for plastics processing. For more information, contact or visit
Vortex Tool Company, Inc. logo
Vortex Tool Company, Inc. designs and manufactures a wide variety of standard and custom high-performance router and insert cutting tools for the woodworking and plastics industries, and provides retipping and sharpening services for all makes and models., phone (800) 355-7708.
67th IAPD Annual Convention | San Diego October 23-26, 2023 typography over a graphic illustration of a blue city skyline against a large moon


Hello Performance Plastics Industry Leader,

We can’t wait to see you at the 67th IAPD Annual Convention + connecX in San Diego, CA, USA. This once-a-year event is crucial to making connections and building the relationships you need to succeed in the performance plastics industry. Plan to experience all that the convention has to offer, such as valuable keynotes, informative sessions and plenty of networking.

Here are the highlights planned for this year:

  • Two exciting keynote presentations: Hear from Dr. Chris DeArmitt as he reveals the scientific facts countering common plastics misconceptions. The second keynote speaker, Super Bowl XVII winner Joe Theismann, will share his strategies for handling unforeseen change. You won’t want to miss them!


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IAPD connecX

connecX is the only place you can meet with a critical mass of your customers — the experts who distribute, specify and purchase semi-finished performance plastics stock shapes, fabricated parts and pipe, valves and fittings — all in one place, whether in private supplier meeting rooms or on the show floor.

IAPD brings the performance plastics distribution supply chain together, making this event the most cost-effective marketing and relationship-building opportunity for your company. Imagine having a full year’s worth of sales meetings with your most valuable customers all in one week!

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IAPD is pleased to bring you exciting keynote presentations. During the Opening General Session, Dr. Chris DeArmitt will fact-check plastics misconceptions, and at the Closing session we will hear from Super Bowl XVII winner, Joe Theismann.

The Women in Plastics Committee will host a session on closing the generational gap in the workplace, led by Isaac Wambua of Dynamo Methods. Educational sessions will feature principals from Ogilvy Government Relations, IAPD’s new government relations firm and a Modern Marketing Mixer.

October 23
All Day
Supplier Meeting Rooms Open
8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Executive Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Meeting
6:00 p.m.
No Host Social Hour at Quinn’s Shorehouse
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Board of Directors Dinner
General Session
Keynote Speaker
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Plastics & the Environment ­– The Shocking Truth
Presented by Chris DeArmitt
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 (During the Opening General Session)

Plastics have been under attack for several years. We hear new stories and accusations every day, but how can we be sure whether they are true? We need sound information in order to make wise choices. Chris DeArmitt read 3,000 scientific articles and life cycle analyses to fact-check what we have all been told. It is probably the only independent review of all the interrelated topics spanning material use, waste, litter, ocean plastics, degradation, microplastics, potential effects on marine wildlife and more. So, do we eat a credit card’s worth of microplastics per week? Science says no. Will there be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050? Again, science says no. It turns out that almost everything we have been told is disproven by peer-reviewed science. In this talk, you will find out the facts, who misled us and why.

Keynote Speaker
Joe Theismann headshot
Strategies for Handling Unforeseen Changes
Presented by Joe Theismann
Thursday, October 26, 2023 (During the Closing Session)

About Joe Theismann
Joe Theismann is an entrepreneur and the former star quarterback for the Washington Redskins. Most recently, he spent the last two decades working for ESPN and the NFL Network as an NFL analyst.

A 12-year NFL veteran, Theismann played in 163 consecutive games from 1974-1985 for the Washington Redskins and holds Redskin records for passing yardage, completions and attempts. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection and Pro Bowl MVP and lead the Washington Redskins to a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII. In 1982, Theismann was selected as the NFL’s Man of the Year for his community service and dedication to the health and welfare of children. In 1983, he won the league’s Most Valuable Player Award, leading the Redskins to a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance.

With every chapter of his life, Theismann evolved from athlete to the ultimate businessman. An Emmy award winning analyst, entrepreneur and athlete, he utilizes his gifts, talent and high energy to share his strategies for handling unforeseen change.

Education Sessions
Isaac Wambua

One Team, Many Voices: How to Build a Culture of Understanding Across Generations

Hosted by Women in Plastics, Presented by Isaac Wambua
Tuesday, October 24, 2023 • 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
In today’s rapidly evolving workplace, it’s crucial to bridge the gap between different generations and foster an inclusive culture of understanding. By fostering open communication, empathy and respect between different age groups, we create a tapestry of wisdom and experience that transcends time. Embracing the unique perspectives of each generation enables us to learn from the past, live in the present and envision a brighter future.

Join Isaac as he speaks on:

  • Impact of Generational Diversity in the Workplace
  • Benefits of Embracing Generational Diversity
  • Challenges in a Multi-Generational Workforce
  • Effective Communication Strategies Across Generations
  • How to Overcome Generational Bias

Together, let’s discover how One Team, Many Voices can reshape the landscape of modern work and elevate it to new heights of prosperity and collective achievement.



The exhibitors listed are as of August 11, 2023
Business Answers International
Finger Lakes Extrusion Corporation
Stabilit America, Inc.
Schelling America, Inc.
ALTAFLO, a Pexco Company
Mativ, previously SWM
AGRU America, Inc.
Exolon Group Inc.
Columbia Industrial Products
Wegener Welding, LLC
PTFE Industries
Fimor North America
Drake Plastics Ltd. Co.
ORAFOL Americas Inc. Advanced Polymer Films
Crown Plastics Company
CMS North America
OptiColor, Inc.
Thermoplastic Processes, Inc.
Gallina USA, LLC
Arkema Inc.
Hi-Tech Profiles, Inc.
B & F Plastics, Inc.
Hudson Extrusions, Inc.
Polymer Industries
Leister Technologies LLC
ElringKlinger Engineered Plastics North America, Inc.
Nylatech, Inc.
KRD Sicherheitstechnik GmbH
Jet Technologies, Inc.
Rowmark LLC
Palram Americas, Inc.
Stiles Machinery Inc.
Haysite Reinforced Plastics, LLC
Champion Fiberglass
Asia Poly Industrial Sdn Bhd
Paneltim USA LLC
AZ Polymers, LLC
Ritmo America, LLC
Tilara Polyplast Pvt. Ltd.
Alumanate LLC
King Plastic Corporation
Cast Nylons Ltd.
Liberty Plastics, Inc.
Biesse Group America
GEM Plastics
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Booth 10

AGRU America, Inc.

agru logo
500 Garrison Road
Georgetown, SC 29440 USA
T: +843.546.0600
F: +843.546.0516
Major Products: AGRU America offers semi-finished products including sheets, round bar stock, and welding rods to suit a wide range of applications. This includes PE, PP, PVDF, ECTFE, FEP, and PFA. We also offer a wide range of Concrete Protective Products including liners and sheet materials as well as pipe and fittings. AGRU America is part of the worldwide AGRU Group, an Austrian family-owned business since 1948 with production facilities in Austria, U.S., Germany and China, and distribution in over 80 countries worldwide.

Booth 38

Asia Poly Industrial
Lot 758, Jalan Haji Sirat, Mukim Kapar,
42100 Klang, Selangor Malaysia
T: +60.332.910414
Kua Chye Heng – Director of Sales & Marketing
Major Products: Asia Poly is a long established and reputed as the largest cell-cast acrylic manufacturer in Malaysia. Monthly production capacity is 3.5m pounds with sheet thickness ranging from 0.08” to 4” and comes in a wide choice of colors. Our A-Cast® brand is produced using 100% virgin monomers. Our A-Cast Green® is a 100% green alternative that meets exceptional acrylic standards.
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Social Hour
Monday, October 23, 2023 • 6:00 p.m.

If you are in town and looking to have a drink or meet up with fellow convention delegates, you’re welcome to meet at Quinn’s Shorehouse in the lobby of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina for a casual evening. Drinks will not be hosted by IAPD.

Thank you
to our


The sponsors listed are as of August 1, 2023.

Premier Sponsor
Simona American Group logo
Platinum Sponsor
Loose Plastics Inc. logo
Gold Sponsors
3A Composites - Logo
Exolon Group logo
Falcon Optimizer logo

SILVER Sponsors

Artek logo
Gallina USA logo
Stiles Machinery logo
People &


Brian Zagrodny
Edwina Merin Johns
Asahi/America, Inc. announced two new hires.
Brian Zagrodny headshot
Brian Zagrodny joined the Asahi/America, Inc. outside sales team as national sales manager for fabricated products, effective as of April 17, 2023.

Zagrodny’s role will manage, support and develop sales and client relationships for the company’s fabricated products portfolio. He will work closely with the sales management, business development and technical services teams to ensure company goals and objectives related to fabrication are aligned.

Zagrodny comes to Asahi/America, Inc. with more than 15 years of industrial sales experience specializing in thermoplastic piping products.

Zagrodny is based out of Connecticut, USA.

Edwina Merin Johns headshot
Asahi/America, Inc. also welcomed Edwina Merin Johns as valve and actuation product manager to its technical service team, effective as of April 3, 2023.

Johns will be responsible for maintaining all product documentation and technical sales tools for the company’s portfolio of valve and actuation products. She will be working closely with the company’s sales team to support customers’ industrial valve and actuation applications.

Johns previously worked as a process engineer and quality supervisor where she gained experience with electrical assembly and manufacturing. Additionally, Johns holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University in India and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan.


2022 IAPD Charitable Scholarship Recipients

Sky Caudill headshot
Caudill is entering his freshman year at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., USA, where he will study finance. Caudill is a highly accomplished student and has received honors including the National Rural and Small-Town Recognition Award for outstanding performance in academics and on the PSAT in a rural area and VEX Robotics Judge’s Award for the best team presentation in the state. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a Gromet Scholar recognized for exemplary involvement in academics and extracurricular activities. Additionally, Caudill volunteers as a solo pianist in chapel services and school-wide masses at St. Joseph’s High School in Hilo, HI, USA.
Geetika Chitturi headshot
Chitturi is entering her freshman year at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, USA, where she plans to study engineering. She is a highly awarded student and earned a perfect score of 1600 on the SAT. Among her many achievements are the AP Scholar with Distinction award, Gifted and Talented Silicon Valley Innovators platinum award and BWSI-SWE Build-a-CubeSat Challenge 1st place award, an honor given to one team nationally for building a small satellite capable of detecting colored plastic in the ocean using provided materials. Chitturi is also the founder and president of Carmel High School’s SWENext club, an international organization dedicated to advancing the status of women engineers. Additionally, Chitturi is a member of Bollywood Dance Club and has a second-degree black belt in taekwondo.
Thank You IAPD Scholarship Contributors
CHAMPIONS — $6,000+
3A Composites USA, Inc. • Davidson, NC, USA
Alro Plastics • Jackson, MI, USA
Curbell Plastics, Inc. • Orchard Park, NY, USA
Interstate Advanced Materials • Sacramento, CA, USA
Piedmont Plastics • Charlotte, NC, USA
Cabinet — $5,000-$5,999
Cope Plastics, Inc. • Alton, IL, USA
Polymershapes – Service Center • Charlotte, NC, USA
Vycom • Scranton, PA, USA
Patrons — $4,000-$4,999
Mitsubishi Chemical Group – Engineered Shapes & Solutions • Reading, PA, USA
Primex Corporation • Richmond, IN, USA
Roechling Industrial Gastonia • Dallas, NC, USA
SIMONA AMERICA Group • Marietta, GA, USA
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Martino Marketing Group business card
The Tandem Group business card
KBA Inc. business card
Applied Polymers business card
Alexander Industrial Sales, Inc. business card
Harker & Associates, Inc. business card
Jarrett Plastics, Inc. business card
Plastic Solutions Inc. business card
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Artek, Inc. • (800) 762-6808 •
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Bill Barth, Executive Committee • Piedmont Plastics • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Karen Brock-Amoah • SIMONA Boltaron • Newcomerstown, Ohio, USA
Jeff Burke • Curbell Plastics, Inc. • Orchard Park, New York, USA
Chris Corona • CariterWilson LLC • Solon, Ohio, USA
Peter DelGado, Vice President • Curbell Plastics, Inc. • Orchard Park, New York, USA
Dale Delmage • Redwood Plastics and Rubber • Langley, BC, Canada
Stephen Garmon • Primex Plastics Corporation • Richmond, Indiana, USA
Hayden Hess • Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc. • Anaheim, California, USA
Jeremy Kietzke • Professional Plastics, Inc. • Dallas, Texas, USA
Mike McKenna • Interstate Advanced Materials • Sacramento, California, USA
Richard Miller • Braskem • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Deborah Ragsdale, President • Polymer Industries • Henagar, Alabama, USA
Jim Richards, Executive Committee • PLASKOLITE • Columbus, Ohio, USA
Drew Schwartz, Executive Committee • Colorado Plastic Products • Louisville, Colorado, USA
Ken Schwartz • Covestro LLC – Specialty Films • South Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA


Headquarters Staff

Editorial Committee

The International Association of Plastics Distribution

6734 W. 121st Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66209 USA

(913) 345-1005
(913) 345-1006
Susan E. Avery, CAE

Advertising Sales
Dave Blackhurst

Senior Design & Multimedia Manager
Mackenzie Diekmann

Junior Copywriter & Editor
Sara Marquardt

Chair • Courtney Kincaid • Polymershapes • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Vice Chair • Tony Martin • Palram Americas, Inc. • Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA
Board Liaison • Ken Schwartz • Covestro LLC – Specialty Films • South Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA
Trisha Beeman • Professional Plastics, Inc. • Bellingham, WA, USA
Peter Daumeyer • CartierWilson LLC • Tampa, Florida, USA
Michael Fabbri • King Plastic Corporation • North Port, Florida, USA
Jeff Mikitka • Mitsubishi Chemical Group – Engineered Shapes & Solutions • Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Bryan Olin • Polymer Industries • Tacoma, Washington, USA
Beth Summers • Curbell Plastics, Inc. • Orchard Park, New York, USA
Ed Townsend • Braskem • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Amy Woodard • Piedmont Plastics • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA


The International Association of Plastics Distribution

6734 W. 121st Street
Overland Park, Kansas 66209 USA

(913) 345-1005
(913) 345-1006

Headquarters Staff

Susan E. Avery, CAE

Editor in Chief
Kailee Canty

Advertising Sales
Dave Blackhurst

Senior Design & Multimedia Manager
Mackenzie Diekmann

Junior Copywriter & Editor
Sara Marquardt

Editorial Committee

Chair • Courtney Kincaid • Polymershapes • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Vice Chair • Tony Martin • Palram Americas, Inc. • Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA
Board Liaison • Ken Schwartz • Covestro LLC – Specialty Films • South Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA
Trisha Beeman • Professional Plastics, Inc. • Bellingham, WA, USA
Peter Daumeyer • CartierWilson LLC • Tampa, Florida, USA
Michael Fabbri • King Plastic Corporation • North Port, Florida, USA
Jeff Mikitka • Mitsubishi Chemical Group – Engineered Shapes & Solutions • Reading, Pennsylvania, USA
Bryan Olin • Polymer Industries • Tacoma, Washington, USA
Beth Summers • Curbell Plastics, Inc. • Orchard Park, New York, USA
Ed Townsend • Braskem • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Amy Woodard • Piedmont Plastics • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

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