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Trump Signs Executive Orders on Trade
Trump Signs Executive Orders on Trade
On March 31, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders regarding trade enforcement and unfair trade practices, issues about which he spoke extensively during his presidential campaign.
PLASTICS Submits Comments to Department of Commerce on Trade
PLASTICS Submits Comments to Department of Commerce on Trade
An Executive Order signed by President Trump on March 31, 2017, called for a review of all trade agreements in force by several federal departments and agencies.
Scott DeFife Joins PLASTICS as Vice President
Scott DeFife Joins PLASTICS as Vice President
Scott DeFife today joined the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) as vice president of Government Affairs. DeFife will lead federal, state and regulatory affairs, oversee advocacy and serve as the staff liaison to the Public Policy Committee.
Perc�s Perspective on First Quarter 2017 GDP
Perc�s Perspective on First Quarter 2017 GDP
The advance estimate for gross domestic product (GDP) growth from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) came in at 0.7 percent for the first quarter of 2017. This is a slow start to the year for the economy, but according to Plastics Industry Asso...
PLASTICS Bolsters Sustainability Practice
PLASTICS Bolsters Sustainability Practice
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) launched a Sustainability Advisory Board today, which will include members who represent the association�s key councils and committees.
President Trump Releases Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships
President Trump Releases Executive Order on Expanding Apprenticeships
President Trump signed an executive order June 15 to expand apprenticeships and vocational training while reducing the regulatory burdens on workforce development programs. The executive order allows third parties like trade associations and companies ...
PLASTICS Issues Statement on Passage of Regulatory Accountability Act
PLASTICS Issues Statement on Passage of Regulatory Accountability Act
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) applauds the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for passage today of S. 951, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), a bipartisan measure proposed by Senators Rob Portman (R...
PLASTICS President and CEO Carteaux Takes Helm at CMA
PLASTICS President and CEO Carteaux Takes Helm at CMA
The Plastics Industry Association�s (PLASTICS�) President & CEO Bill Carteaux has officially taken the helm of the Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) for a one-year term.
Trump Administration Requests Comments of Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses
Trump Administration Requests Comments of Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and Department of Commerce (DOC) are seeking comments by July 31 on trade agreement violations and abuses by countries included in U.S. trade agreements as well as in all World Trade Organizat...
EPA Proposes Further Delay in Implementation of Risk Management Program Rule Amendments
EPA Proposes Further Delay in Implementation of Risk Management Program Rule Amendments
On April 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to further delay the effective date of amendments to the �Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act.��
EPA Invites PLASTICS to Meet and Weigh in on Regulatory Reform
EPA Invites PLASTICS to Meet and Weigh in on Regulatory Reform
On April 5, Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) president and CEO William R. Carteaux met for hours at the request of senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking to understand the impact of federal environmental regulatio...
Lighthizer Confirmed as USTR
Lighthizer Confirmed as USTR
In an 82-14 vote, the Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as President Donald Trump�s new U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday. Lighthizer�s approval paves the way for the administration to begin the process of renegotiating the North American Free Tra...
PLASTICS Scores Victory for Pharmaceutical Packaging Suppliers with Delay in Electronic Filing Re...
PLASTICS Scores Victory for Pharmaceutical Packaging Suppliers with Delay in Electronic Filing Re...
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), working on behalf of our member companies in the pharmaceutical packaging supply chain, met with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last year to urge them to grant waivers and/or exemptions from the ele...
Ossoff and Handel Head to Runoff in Georgia 6th Special Election
Ossoff and Handel Head to Runoff in Georgia 6th Special Election
The race to fill Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price�s old seat in the House of Representatives will proceed to a June 20 runoff after no candidate met the required 50 percent threshold during the April 18 special election. A traditionally...
The Power of PLASTICS Mentors
The Power of PLASTICS Mentors
January is a time to focus on your new year, new you resolutions. While many of us focus on bringing our vision boards to life � whether it be implementing a new workout regimen or focusing on clean, healthy eating � we also take time to reflect on our...
PLASTICS Responds to Department of Commerce Request for Information on Manufacturing Regulations
PLASTICS Responds to Department of Commerce Request for Information on Manufacturing Regulations
As directed by the January 24, 2017 Presidential Memorandum, �Streamlining Permitting and Reducing Regulatory Burdens for Domestic Manufacturing�, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a request for information (RFI) �on the impact of Federal permitti...
North American Plastics Industry Stands Together in Support of NAFTA Modernization
North American Plastics Industry Stands Together in Support of NAFTA Modernization
After a summit that convened the leadership of North America�s three leading plastics industry trade groups�Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) and�Asociaci�n�Nacional�de�Industrias del�Pl�stico�A.C.�...
PLASTICS to Submit Comments on NAFTA Renegotiation, Requests Member Input
PLASTICS to Submit Comments on NAFTA Renegotiation, Requests Member Input
The Trump Administration has formally notified Congress of its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada. Letters from United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer were sent to Senate...
Ways and Means Committee Member Visits Steinwall Inc.
Ways and Means Committee Member Visits Steinwall Inc.
Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN-3) visited PLASTICS member Steinwall Inc., a custom thermoplastic injection molder, in Coon Rapids, Minnesota on March 13. Rep. Paulsen is serving in his fifth term in Congress and sits on the House Ways and Means Comm...
Final Rules for Amended TSCA Under OMB Review
Final Rules for Amended TSCA Under OMB Review
As the one-year anniversary of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st�Century Act (LCSA) approaches, EPA is working to meet its statutory deadlines to finalize framework rules on chemical prioritization and risk evaluation under the amend...
The FLiP Files: Dean Dodaro
The FLiP Files: Dean Dodaro
The FLiP Files is a blog series spotlighting young professionals that are active in PLASTICS'�Future Leaders in Plastics (FLiP), a group for plastics professionals under the age of 40. �For our next FLiP File, we spoke to Dean Dodaro, Sales Engineer/IS...
House Passes Repeal and Replace for Obamacare
House Passes Repeal and Replace for Obamacare
By a 217-213 vote on May 4 with 19 Republicans and all Democrats voting in opposition, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act, which moves toward the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or �Obama...
Trump Administration Floats Draft Notification Letter to Congress Regarding NAFTA Renegotiation
Trump Administration Floats Draft Notification Letter to Congress Regarding NAFTA Renegotiation
Acting United States Trade Representative (USTR) Stephen Vaughn has sent to members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee a draft notification letter declaring its intention to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agree...
Where to Use Recycled Plastics
Where to Use Recycled Plastics
A number of products on the market today are made with virgin plastic materials, but they could be just as effectively made with recycled plastic materials. In the last decade the quality and consistency of these materials has increased dramatically, a...
Comment Periods Closing for EPA Rules on Chemical Prioritization, Risk Evaluation and TSCA Invent...
Comment Periods Closing for EPA Rules on Chemical Prioritization, Risk Evaluation and TSCA Invent...
As previously reported, EPA has proposed three framework rules under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); comments are due March 14 and 20:
PLASTICS Releases 2017 Policy Agenda
PLASTICS Releases 2017 Policy Agenda
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is a forward-thinking association that believes in plastics� ability to improve lives.� We represent the 3rd largest manufacturing sector in the United States employing nearly a million workers in every stat...
PLASTICS Submits NAFTA Comments to Administration
PLASTICS Submits NAFTA Comments to Administration
Written comments by PLASTICS were among over 12,000 submissions to the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on negotiating objectives regarding the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In the comments, PLASTICS su...
Do You Use These Chemicals? EPA Seeking Input for Initial Reviews Under TSCA Reform
Do You Use These Chemicals? EPA Seeking Input for Initial Reviews Under TSCA Reform
EPA is seeking public input by March 15 on ten specific chemicals to inform the scoping documents � all required to be released mid-June � for evaluation of each of the chemicals under the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Recycle to Be a Job Creator
Recycle to Be a Job Creator
The economic impact that consumers have when they toss their bottles into their blue bins and haul them out to the curb every week is routinely overlooked.
PLASTICS Names Gardner Business Media Official Publisher of NPE2018 Show Daily
PLASTICS Names Gardner Business Media Official Publisher of NPE2018 Show Daily
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) announced today that Gardner Business Media, publisher of Plastics Technology, MoldMaking Technology and other plastics- and manufacturing-focused media properties, would be the official publisher of the NPE...
PLASTICS Celebrates Earth Day 2017, Highlights Sustainability Accomplishments
PLASTICS Celebrates Earth Day 2017, Highlights Sustainability Accomplishments
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) is celebrating Earth Day 2017 by highlighting and applauding industry-wide achievements geared toward promoting and increasing sustainability. PLASTICS� sustainability efforts, led by our Vice President of S...
Industry Input Requested in Duty Relief Petition
Industry Input Requested in Duty Relief Petition
The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) has established a new process for the submission and consideration of petitions for temporary duty suspensions and reductions.�Under the Act, Congress has tasked the U.S. International Tr...
Connecticut Task Force to Reduce Consumer Packaging that Generates Solid Waste Underway
Connecticut Task Force to Reduce Consumer Packaging that Generates Solid Waste Underway
The Connecticut legislature passed a bill in 2016 that established a task force to study ways to reduce the amount of consumer packaging that enters the waste stream. That task force has been meeting this year and will continue to do so in the coming m...
PLASTICS Hires Chief Economist
PLASTICS Hires Chief Economist
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) today announced the hiring of its Chief Economist Perc Pineda. In a new role slated to help the association bolster its in-house data-driven counsel, research and reports, Pineda joins PLASTICS bringing over...
House Votes Block OSHA Volk Rule
House Votes Block OSHA Volk Rule
The House of Representatives on March 1 passed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that was finalized in the last days of Obama Administration.
PLASTICS Welcomes Best and Brightest in Sustainability to 2017 Re|focus Sustainability & Recyclin...
PLASTICS Welcomes Best and Brightest in Sustainability to 2017 Re|focus Sustainability & Recyclin...
The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) yesterday concluded its second annual Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit in Orlando, Fla. The two-day summit featured recycling and plastics industry experts who presented solutions on how the indust...