• Volunteer Opportunities Build Skills, Success as a Leader

• Register today for the IAPD Midwest Golf Tournament, June 14, 2011

• 2011 IAPD Convention and Expo Registration Now Available

• Two IAPD Webinars Coming in June

• Member-Get-a-Member Campaign: May 1 – Sept. 1 Spread the Word About IAPD and Be Rewarded

• Visit MY IAPD Resource Area for Free Educational Materials and Webinars

• We Want to Hear About Your Environmental Excellence

• Winner of the Annual IAPD Environmental Survey Announced

• NAW Staff Reports Available

• Changes Announced for Certified Professional Manufacturers' Representative (CPMR) Program

• SPE® Announces 41 Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala

• Answering the Question of Why Manufacturers and Customers Should Work With Wholesale Distributors

• Recognizing Norman Drucker, Iconic Plastics Professional

• Mia Katz Named New Managing Editor

• Plastics Certificate Program Graduates

• Send Us Your White Papers on Plastics

• May’s Designing with Plastics Focuses on Nylon

• Have you Reserved Your 2011 Plastics Expo Booth?

• Media Sponsors Help Spread the Word About 2011 Plastics Expo

• Order Your Copy of Introduction to Plastics, 11th Edition: A Must-Have Resource

• The IAPD Magazine: Innovations in Plastics

• The Sustainability of Plastic: Did You Know...

• IAPD Classified Ads

• IAPD Marketing Opportunities

• IAPD Committees at Work

• Member Company News

• Upcoming Events

Volunteer Opportunities Build Skills, Success as a Leader
Gain exposure and recognition as an accomplished leader and manager in your organization, refine your strategic thinking and understand how to work within a Board structure by volunteering to work on the IAPD Board or committee. Whether your interest is in implementing policies for the IAPD Annual Convention, developing educational materials to further educate members’ employees, or developing statements and guidelines to advise members of things they can do to make a positive impact on the environment, the association has a committee that is right for you.

For a description of each committee, task force, CIG and Board opportunities, see the Volunteer Brochure.

For a look at IAPD’s Board of Directors and a list of committees and member contacts, visit iapd.org.

Register today for the IAPD Midwest Golf Tournament, June 14, 2011
Join us for the IAPD Midwest Golf Tournament benefitting the IAPD Charitable Foundation. This tournament honors the memories of two dear friends who passed away: John Meyer, Meyer Plastics Inc., and Paul Lewis, Auburn Plastics & Rubber Inc. Read more.

2011 IAPD Convention and Expo Registration Now Available
Find new business leads, learn about new technologies and applications, discuss legislative and business trends, create new demand and build your network at the 2011 IAPD Convention Sept. 13-16 and the 2011 IAPD Plastics Expo Thursday, Sept.15. Don't miss these ever-popular events! Registration is now open.

For more about the IAPD Convention and Plastics Expo, Read more.

Two IAPD Webinars Coming in June
Gehr Plastics Presents Bio-Based Plastics, June 10
Bio-based plastics are increasingly used in permanent and technical applications. This webinar offers you the chance to understand with the basics, as well as the technical possibilities of this growing group of materials, followed by an overview of the main bio-based plastics on the world market. Thomas Stintzing, EcoGehr product manager, will deliver the presentation at 10 a.m. (CDT), Friday, June 10. This is an IAPD Plastics Product Showcase webinar sponsored by Gehr Plastics Inc.

Register for the June 10 webinar

“Line Your Pockets” – A Guide to UHMW Linings, June 17
Presented by Jeff Gaerte, Quadrant Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products
This session will outline the problems that companies have with flow of raw materials in bins, chutes and hoppers within their plant.  Markets are not just limited to aggregates (stone, coal, cement etc.)  as many believe, but also many FDA applications. Read more.

Register for the June 17 webinar

Member-Get-a-Member Campaign: May 1 – Sept. 1 Spread the Word About IAPD and Be Rewarded
Share what you value most about membership in IAPD and reap the rewards. Participate in IAPD's new Member-Get-a-Member Campaign and receive $100 for each company you refer. Read more.

Visit MY IAPD Resource Area for Articles, Property Tables and Webinar Recordingss
Want to enroll in the Level One or Level Two Certificate Program, download an archived webinar, The IAPD Magazine, IAPD books or other materials? The IAPD Resource Center is the place to go for the numerous resources IAPD provides for your professional development.

Tell Us About Your Environmental Excellence
Applications for the annual Environmental Excellence Award are due July 15. This special award recognizes member companies for their innovative and exemplary environmental initiatives. Awards will be presented at the 2011 Annual Convention in Baltimore. Read more.

Winner of the Annual IAPD Environmental Survey Announced
Regal Plastic Supply Co. is the winner of the $500 Visa gift card for completing the 2011 IAPD Environmental Survey. Read more.

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Changes Announced for Certified Professional Manufacturers' Representative (CPMR) Program
Interested in becoming a Certified Professional Manufacturers’ Representative (CPMR)?

Starting in 2012, meetings for the CPMR program will move from Arizona to Indianapolis and Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis. They will be held every May. The dates for 2012 are May 20-25, with class starting on Monday, May 21.  CPMR arrival day is Sunday, May 20 with class beginning on Monday, May 21. The exam is on Friday, May 25.  Read more.

Answering the Question of Why Manufacturers and Customers Should Work with Wholesale Distributors
Wholesaler-distributors service both sides of the supply chain. For the manufacturer they act as an extension of the sales function and an integral part of the manufacturers’ logistical operations, thus allowing the manufacturer to store inventory in numerous locations at a minimal cost. Read more.

SPE® Announces 41 Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala
The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) has announced the date, location, and theme for its 41st Annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries.  This year’s event will be held November 9 at Burton Manor (www.burtonmanor.net) in Livonia, Mich. Read more.

NAW Staff Reports Available
The National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors announced the Spring 2011 edition of NAW Staff Reports is now available. Find out about recent important legislation. Read more

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Recognizing Norman Drucker, Iconic Plastics Professional
AIN Plastics in Riverview, FL, recently honored Norman Drucker, renown corporate leader and officer of AIN Plastics. Read Vincent LaLima’s letter recognizing Drucker and his contribution to the plastics industry here.

Mia Katz Named New Managing Editor
In March 2011, Mia Katz became the managing editor of online and print publications for IAPD. Katz will take over the responsibilities of Janet Thill, who, after 22 years, will be retiring in mid-June. Katz will work closely with the IAPD Editorial Committee, as well as the marketing, education and sales team to collaborate on material that can increase awareness of the association, enhance the value of membership and increase the value of and interest in The IAPD Magazine and other publications.

Thill, who was the director of publications for IAPD for more than two decades, received The Good Egg Award at the IAPD Annual Convention in 2003 and the Paul Davis Award of Merit in 2008. After spending some time in Hawaii, she plans to contribute to IAPD on a contract basis. A special retirement party for Janet was held Thursday, May 12, at the IAPD Leadership Summit in Kansas City.

Plastics Certificate Program Graduates
More and more companies are realizing the benefits of training their employees about plastics. This is evidenced by the growing number of graduates of IAPD’s Plastics Certificate Program. Developed by the IAPD Education Committee, this programs helps educate and evaluate sales professionals in the plastics distribution industry. 

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Send Us Your White Papers on Plastics
Central to IAPD’s efforts to build recognition for its members and the value of distributed plastics depends on our ability to provide quality technical resources for engineers, specifiers and other end-user groups.

Help us build our content library by sharing your white papers on plastics. We’re looking for papers on specific materials, applications or market segments. Please send your articles and white papers to IAPD’s Director of Marketing Cyndy Launchbaugh.

May’s Designing with Plastics Focuses on Nylon
The next issue of Designing with Plastics will review the evolution of the art of casting nylon from the perspective of Mike Worthington, chief engineer for Cast Nylons Ltd., in Willoughby, Ohio. Worthington believes “what 30 years ago was a fledgling, mundane product line, containing three or four formulations, is today a well-rounded product line with some 15 to 16 formulations available.” Designing with Plastics is an electronic newsletter targeting engineers, specifiers and other end-users. Remember to share this issue with your customers.

Have you Reserved Your 2011 Plastics Expo Booth?
Exhibit space for the 2011 IAPD Plastics Expo is filling up quickly. Don't wait, reserve your space today!

Media Sponsors Help Spread the Word About 2011 Plastics Expo
IAPD is putting the final touches on media sponsor agreements with several of the top trade magazines in the plastics, signs and manufacturing engineering industries. Plastic News, Signs of the Times and Machine Design have signed up to sponsor this year's Expo.

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Order Your Copy of Introduction to Plastics, 11th Edition: A Must-Have Resource

The IAPD Magazine: Innovations in Plastics

The Sustainability of Plastic: Did You Know...

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IAPD Classified Ads
View current classified ads.To post a classified ad online or in an issue of The IAPD Magazine, please e-mail Crystal Roberts or call +913.345.1008.

IAPD Marketing Opportunities
2011 Convention Sponsorships now available.

Sponsor the June edition of IAPD News

Advertising opportunities are still available in IAPD's Annual Membership Directory (June/July issue). E-mail Crystal Roberts or call +913.345.1008 for details.

Sign up to exhibit at the 55th IAPD Annual Convention & Expo today: http://www.iapd.org/docs/events/2011_booth_contract.pdf

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The IAPD Industry Research and Benchmarking Committee will soon be kicking off the second annual Manufacturers’ Market Data Study.

Statistics reported by all IAPD manufacturer member companies are vital to the collective data of the final report. We highly encourage your input and encourage you to respond to the survey, when it becomes available.

IAPD's Education Committee is finishing up its work on a new certificate program designed specifically for plastic distribution salespeople. The committee is working with Chuck Holmes, Corporate Strategies Inc., on this project, which is scheduled to launch later this summer.

This will be the third certificate program developed by the committee.

If you’re interested in helping to develop training materials for plastics professionals as a member of the Education Committee, let us know at iapd@iapd.org.

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Member Company News

  • Palram Americas, a leading manufacturer of polycarbonate and PVC sheets, announced  the addition of Sheryl Kalman and Joshua Wentzel to its inside sales team.
  • Regional Supply of Salt Lake City, UT, USA, has announced the retirement of Clifford Birkeland as of April 29, 2011. He has worked for Regional Supply for 45 years serving most recently as general manager.
  • Due to its increasing popularity, Wegener Welding will again offer the DVS Welder Training and Certification Courses September 12 and 19. Recertification of previously certified welders is scheduled for September 8 and 9. These courses provide a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on thermoplastic hot gas hand and hot gas extrusion welding and offer optional certification according to DVS (German Welding Society).
  • Spartech Corp., a leading producer of plastic sheet, compounds, and packaging products, appointed Timothy Feast as Senior Vice President of Color & Specialty Compounds.  

These announcements and more will be included in the upcoming June/July issue of The IAPD Magazine.

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June 2-5
EPDA Annual Conference - Prague, Czech Republic, USA

June 10
IAPD Product Showcase Webinar: Bio-Based Plastics Basics and Applications for Semi-finished Products

June 14
2011 IAPD Midwest Memorial Charitable Golf Tournament, Purgatory Golf Course, Noblesville, IN,USA

June 17
IAPD June Webinar: “Line Your Pockets” – A Guide to UHMW Linings, June 17

Sept 13-16
2011 IAPD Annual Convention and Plastics Expo, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, USA

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