Monday, October 25, 1999
Money Given to Promote Plastics IndustryThe Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Plastics Industry Roundtable gave a $5,000 grant to the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Western Michigan section. This grant allows the Western Michigan SPE to continue the work that has been done by the Roundtable in promoting the plastics industry."With over 1,300 plastics facilities and an annual payroll of $2.5 billion, Michigan is one of the top three plastics employers in the United States," said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. "People need to be aware of the tremendous impact this industry has on the state."The Western Michigan SPE will use part of the grant money to sponsor the PlastiVan program during the months of October and November 1999. The PlastiVan is a national education program geared to students in grades three to 12 which travels throughout the United States. PlastiVan teaches students, teachers and the general public about the chemistry, history, processing and environmental issues related to plastic.To provide a close-up look at the world of chemistry, the Western Michigan SPE and the Michigan Plastics Industry Roundtable will use PlastiVan to give hands-on demonstrations relating to the chemistry, properties and processing of plastics.Started in 1995, Michigan's Business Roundtables, like the Plastics Industry Roundtable, are groups of companies within specific industries that identify the sector's particular challenges and opportunities. The Roundtables work together to development solutions in an effort to remain competitive in this changing economy.