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Date: August 19, 2021
Contact: Courtney Karr, Director of Marketing and Education, +913.345.1005


Polymershapes Regional Director Jim Cooney Receives 2021 IAPD Pacesetter Award

OVERLAND PARK, KS - The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), the international trade association comprised of companies engaged in the distribution and manufacturing of performance plastics, announced that Jim Cooney of Polymershapes is the recipient of the 2021 Pacesetter Award recipient. The announcement was made during the opening general session of the 65th Annual IAPD Convention on August 18 in Louisville, KY, USA. The Pacesetter Award is presented in recognition of an IAPD volunteer leader who set the pace for the association.

Cooney is the Central Region Director for Polymershapes, a distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film and associated products. Cooney is an experienced distribution professional with more than 35 years dedicated to the performance plastics industry, holding a variety of commercial and leadership roles throughout his career. Since 2017, Cooney has served on the IAPD Government Relations Committee, with the past two years as the committee chair.

“Jim has been the tireless champion – and chair – of the Government Relations Committee, working closely with leadership and staff to advocate for the performance plastics industry,” said IAPD CEO Susan Avery, CAE. “He’s had more meetings with Members of Congress than anyone else we know. Thanks to him, more people on Capitol Hill know about the benefits of performance plastics and how the industry is helping make life better for all.”

About IAPD

The International Association of Plastics Distribution (IAPD), established in 1956, brings together performance plastics distributors, fabricators, manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, recyclers 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. Membership in IAPD is an affordable business investment. IAPD provides training, connections with customers and suppliers and information about developments that impact the industry. For more information, visit

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