March 3, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 2, 2011) – SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced today that Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) will address his plastics industry colleagues at the organization’s Spring 2011 National Board Meeting, taking place March 21-23, 2011 at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Senator Johnson, who founded Pacur, a PET sheet extrusion manufacturer, in 1979, will address SPI members as the guest speaker at a plenary breakfast session on Tuesday, March 22. He will discuss his transition from the factory floor to the Senate floor.
“The 112th Congress is proving to have a better understanding of manufacturing concerns than the one that preceded it,” said SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux. “I was thrilled when two of the plastics industry’s own were elected in November – Ron Johnson to the Senate and California’s Jeff Denham to the House. Now it will be my great pleasure to personally welcome Senator Johnson to our National Board Meeting where his industry peers can hear his views on critical issues that impact our industry.”
In the summer of 1979, Senator Johnson and his brother-in-law started Pacur in Oshkosh, Wis. The company specializes in the extrusion of light and heavy gauge polyester, copolyester and polypropylene resins for a variety of applications, including packaging, printing, medical and electrical. From operating the equipment, to keeping the company books and selling its products, Johnson has been involved in every function of the business.
In his first run for elected office, Senator Johnson defeated Democratic incumbent Russ Feingold in the November 2010 election. Senator Johnson serves on the Appropriations, Budget, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Aging Committees. He resides in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with his wife Jane. They have three children.
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Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $373 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900 thousand 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."