media release

Date: October 7, 2022
Contact: Kailee Canty, Marketing and Education Manager, +913.345.1005


IAPD President Deborah Ragsdale, Polymer Industries LLC, to Serve a Second Year-Term

Overland Park, Kans. - IAPD - The Performance Plastics Association, is pleased to announce Deborah Ragsdale of Polymer Industries LLC’s continued leadership with a second term as the IAPD President. She was nominated by the IAPD Board of Directors and approved by the IAPD Board of Directors. Her second term began at 12:01 a.m. on September 15, 2022 and will expire upon the conclusion of the 67th Annual IAPD Convention in San Diego, CA, USA on October 26, 2023.

Ragsdale presided over the business meeting at the opening session before delivering an impassioned speech about the benefits of IAPD member performance plastics companies working together as an industry. Collectively, together through the association, members are better able to address the issues that threaten the industry, rather than each company trying to address these issues on their own. She highlighted the major threats to the overall plastics industry, and the opportunities that our segment representing performance plastics have. She noted that performance plastics are seen in multitudes of applications that support everyday modern life, as well as are critical to green energy, sustainability efforts and lifesaving medical applications. We have a great environmental and sustainability story to tell and together we can create circular economies and keep even more plastics out of landfills.

“Deborah is an asset to the performance plastics industry, and we are pleased that she will be serving as the IAPD President for a second term,” said IAPD CEO Susan Avery, CAE. “With her leadership and dedication to IAPD’s mission, the association will succeed in in strengthening the relationships within and collaboration between IAPD members and the overall performance plastics industry 

Ragsdale has worked at Polymer Industries, LLC for 32 years, most recently as the director of relations and a national sales manager. She lives with her husband, Ricky Ragsdale in Henagar, AL, USA. “We have accomplished so much as an association,” said Ragsdale, “With the dedication and hard work from our members I know that we have a successful year ahead of us for the performance plastics industry.”

About IAPD
IAPD – The Performance Plastics Association (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together performance plastics distributors, fabricators, manufacturers, manufacturers' representatives, recyclers, resin manufacturers/distributors and service providers in an environment which encourages a free flow of ideas and information that help members build their businesses. Every program and service we provide is designed with the simple goal of helping our members increase profitability. IAPD provides training, connections with customers and suppliers and information about developments that impact the industry.

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