Government Relations


About Plastics Politics

Plastics are unfairly portrayed in most media stories, which has lead to a bias that is not supported by real data. It is time that we take the facts about plastics directly to legislators, regulators, key decision makers and government agencies. IAPD members are uniquely qualified to educate this audience about the many benefits of plastics.

Lawmakers care about job creation and they want to create relationships with businesses in their respective districts. Each IAPD member company, plant, location or branch represents a small business. Whether you are a national, international or local company, each of your locations represents a distinct business. Legislators want to hear from you — you are job creators and you may be the key to a particular legislator’s district.

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

IAPD's Priorities

The IAPD Government Relations Committee has identified the following priorities for 2017. The intention is to remain focused on our goals while remaining nimble enough to react as the fluid environment of government dictates.

  • Corporate tax reform.
  • Regulatory reform.
  • Transportation and infrastructure investment.
  • Battle against those promoting the deselection of plastics in government contracting.



Profile Development

An ongoing series of activities contribute to IAPD's profile development. These may include policy development, issue expertise, coalitions, Hill testimony and others, all orchestrated to establish IAPD as a thoughtful, serious and credible player for lawmakers and their staffs. Efforts include:

  • Message and materials development.
  • Coalition building with similar associations such as the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, SPI - The Plastics Industry Trade Association, The National Association of Manufacturers and the American Chemistry Council.
  • Fly-ins to Washington, D.C.
  • Visits by Members of Congress to IAPD member facilities, in order to develop personal relationships with the job creators in our membership.

 Data Identification

A critical piece of our profile development effort is to produce an accurate story whose impact will be critical to the strength IAPD will have in Washington. As such, IAPD will start by collecting industry job data in order to show our industry's economic impact, including:

  • Job creation, number of employees, new hires, longevity/retention and opportunity for new job development, including a breakdown by the stock shapes and pipe, valves and fittings (PVF) distributors, manufacturers and fabricators.
  • Members' existing relationships with federal and state legislators and other political leaders.
  • Projected economic impact of our members on a Congressional District and state-by-state basis.



Grassroots Education and Development

IAPD's most important asset is our members, with their dynamic leadership, strong employee base and demographic diversity. In 2014, IAPD started educating our members on the importance their engagement will have and worked to provide them with the information, skills and incentive to engage. In 2015, we will continue this effort through our data identification efforts coupled with our grassroots infrastructure plan that will include:

  • Training IAPD members to become advocates for their own businesses.
  • Helping IAPD members develop relationships with their legislators.
  • Demystifying government relations and overcoming perceptions about any difficulty of engagement in grassroots efforts by preparing members on the etiquette, how to tell their stories and getting the "ask" when meeting with legislators.
  • Developing talking points on key issues vital to our niche of the plastics industry to use when meeting with, crafting letters to and identifying opportunities to work with their legislators.

IAPD Plastics Political Action Committee (PAC)

The more that IAPD and its members engage with our elected leaders, the greater the target we become for solicitation of campaign contributions. We believe that we should support our elected leaders who share our values. Therefore, IAPD has established the IAPD Plastics PAC, which supports the Members of Congress who defend our best interests in Washington, provides IAPD members opportunities to education Members of Congress on the realities of our industry and counters the messages delivered by PACs formed by groups supporting other materials, such as metals, wood and glass.



Find out more about the IAPD Plastics PAC


IAPD Plastics Fly-in, April 30 - May 1, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

On April 30-May 1, 2019, IAPD members will spend a valuable day on Capitol Hill educating our policymakers about the benefits of performance plastics and the kind of economic impact we're making in their districts. These meetings are an important way to ensure that they are aware of your needs as well as the differences between performance plastics and single-use plastics. To cap off the day, we'll host a reception for the Members of Congress and their staffers in the Rayburn House Office Building. To help show the many ways in which performance plastics contribute to the economy, we will have displays set up showing performance plastics in action! We are looking for IAPD members who can display a truly eye-catching application of performance plastics in any of the Top 26 Markets for performance plastics. 

All IAPD members are encouraged to attend this fly-in, regardless of whether they are presenting an application. We will be arranging one-on-one meetings with your legislators, giving you the opportunity to discuss the industry and your business, and encourage them to see the impressive ways in which performance plastics are improving life for everyone.

Click here to learn more.

Prop 65 Resources

Previously Recorded
Convention Presentation
Communication Plan



California's New "Clear and Reasonable" Proposition 65 Warning Relations
Letter to the Office of Management and Budget on Increasing Consistency and Transparency in Considering Costs and Benefits in the Rulemaking Process
DRIVE Safe Act letter 
Family Business Coalition Letter Calling for Repeal of Death Tax
California's Prop 65 in Plain Language
Section 179 Letter
2015 Pass Through Principles Letter
2013 Pass Through Principles Letter
2011 Pass Through Principles Letter
All About IAPD - GR Edition

Recycling Infographic

IAPD LEED Response

Press Releases

March 2018

May 2014

September 2013

July 2013


Government Relations Contacts

The IAPD Government Relations Committee is supported by a chair and vice chair position as well as eight committee members. 

IAPD D.C. Contact


Ari Storch

Phone: (202) 498-1425

Alliance Organizations