2014 Plastics Industry Fly-In: Your Chance to Meet with Legislators in D.C. About Plastics

Tuesday, July 22 — Wednesday, July 23
All IAPD members are welcome to attend

Plastics are under attack and it is time that our members take the facts about plastics directly to legislators, regulators, key decision makers and government agencies and tell our story at the 2014 Plastics Industry Fly-In.

For the second year, IAPD is collaborating with eight other plastics industry trade associations in Washington, D.C. to provide members of Congress and Administration officials with background and real-world scenarios that illustrate how pressing issues impact the health and viability of the plastics industry.

Last year, 77 plastics professionals, including IAPD members and staff, met at the Capital to discuss concerns of the plastics industry with 90 members of Congress. When Senators and Representatives hear the issues that are negatively impacting plastics businesses directly from industry professionals, and when those professionals and their businesses are located in the state or district of that member of Congress, they listen harder.

Join us as we once again educate lawmakers about the critical issues and unique contributions of the 900,000-strong American plastics industry.

Watch this video for an inside look at what took place on “The Hill” in 2013 and what you can expect from this all-important event this year.


Fly-In Agenda


Tuesday, July 22
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Informal Welcome Reception

Wednesday, July 23
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Briefing on Administration Issues
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Morning Meetings with Administration Officials
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Briefing in Advance of Congressional Office Visits
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Congressional Visits in House and Senate Office Buildings*
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Reception with Members of Congress and Other Invited Guests
  *You will be contacted about which Representatives and Senators you would like to visit.



The Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) is handling the logistics and registration for the Plastics Industry Fly-In. Information for hotel reservations will be posted when room blocks are confirmed.

For questions and more information about registering, please contact Suzanne Morgan, SPI, at smorgan@plasticsindustry.org or (202) 974-5218. If you have general questions about the Fly-In, you may contact Susan Avery, CAE, CEO, IAPD, at savery@iapd.org or (913) 345-1005.

Pre-Fly-In Webinar

A pre-Fly-In webinar was presented on Wednesday, July 16, in preparation for your arrival in Washington. Click here to watch a recording of the webinar and click here for the presentation slides.



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Washington, D.C. 20036
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Why IAPD is Participating in the Legislative Fly-In


IAPD represents a smaller niche of the overall plastics market, but it is estimated that just IAPD’s stock shapes distribution market represents close to $3 billion U.S., not including the manufacturing component of our industry, nor the pipe, valves and fittings distribution and manufacturing markets. Our Government Relations Committee is working to collect data on our niche of the industry so we can show our true impact.

While the other plastics associations cover many segments of the overall plastics industry; only IAPD represents distribution. This makes IAPD’s participation vital to telling the overall story of plastics, as distribution is closest to the end-use customer, but more importantly, whether your company is a large or small; distributor, fabricator, manufacturer or manufacturers’ representative – each branch or location represents a distinct business, which has an impact on a local economy. An important issue in D.C. is job creation. Legislators want to create relationships with businesses in their respective districts. Each company, plant, location or branch represents a small business. So whether you are a national, international or local company, each of your locations represents a distinct business. Legislators want your stories – you are job creators and also, depending on the markets you serve, you may be the very key to a particular legislator’s district.

IAPD members have the best story to tell, as we are one of the few plastics associations that are not representative of single-use plastics and collectively touch about every singleindustrial market, which represents an incredible opportunity to deliver the facts about who we are, what we do and what is possible with plastics. The best defense is a good offense and it is time that plastics get a fair opportunity to share the power of plastics and show just how responsible our industry is in environmental stewardship, innovation, job creation and global competition.

Let’s get the facts straight and tell our amazing stories of plastics, our members, our industry and our association. We are plastics, we are IAPD and we have a voice. Let’s use it!