March 4, 2013
Nearly 30 members of the plastics industry gathered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for a plant tour of Dart Container Corporation and an SPI Regional Dinner in Waxahachie, Texas, on February 20. The Waxahachie plant is the third largest Dart manufacturing facility. The tour began with an overview of Dart, its operations, and some of the 100 different products produced in Waxahachie. Guests toured parts of the 1.6 million square-foot facility to see thermoforming lines producing hinged trays, warehousing, and the recycling area with four densifiers and four bailers for cardboard, film, and cores. The recycling center is open to the public and has recycled more than 3 million pounds from post-consumer and post-industrial usage. After the tour, industry members gathered for the SPI Regional Dinner featuring an update on industry and SPI activities from President Bill Carteaux. SPI periodically hosts Regional Dinners around the country. Please consider attending a dinner in your area to network with other industry colleagues and to learn more about SPI activities and industry trends.
Dart's Waxahachie Plant Manager Mike Kitchens gives plant tour attendees an overview of plant operations before leaving for the floor
SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux gives an update on the industry and SPI activities at the Dallas Regional Dinner
Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, industry promotion and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.
"From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry," said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. "Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors."