Meet with Legislators in D.C. About Plastics

Plastics are under attack and it is time that our members take the facts about plastics directly to legislators, regulators, key decision makers and government agencies and tell our story.

IAPD is collaborating with seven other North American plastics associations for a Washington, D.C. legislative fly-in to meet with key congressional leaders, agencies and decision-makers to tell the story about plastics.

What to Expect at a Fly-In

The Vinyl Institute, one of the partner associations participating in the Plastics Champion Fly-In, shared this video documenting their fly-in from May. In this compelling video, they cite many of the reasons IAPD is part of the Plastics Champion Fly-In, such as:

  • Talk to representatives about issues important to the industry.
  • Be part of the process as government sets the regulations that will impact our businesses.
  • Talk to legislators about the issues they will be voting on; legislators want to be told about the issues, and hear about them from people in their district.
  • Present our case about the good things we’re doing in the industry.
  • It’s your chance to present the issues that are common to the industry in a collaborative way, and doing it en masse is a better way to do it than individually.
  • We need a louder voice on the Hill.

How to Participate in the Fly-In

During the recent IAPD Leadership Summit, attendees were asked to respond to this question with a show of hands, “If you were given the opportunity to meet with your local legislator and tell the story of what you and plastics can do, would you take that opportunity?” Almost every hand in the room went up. Well, now here is your opportunity.

Any member of IAPD is invited to participate in the Plastics Champions Fly-In; it is not limited to IAPD’s Government Relations Committee.

The Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) is handling the logistics and registration for the Plastics Champions Fly-In on behalf of the eight associations, including IAPD. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved at the Capital Hilton.




  • Members of Plastics Associations
$295 (Use the IAPD Code IAPDFLY13)
  • All Others


Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street, Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 393-1000

Rate: $169 per night + 14.5 percent tax
Group Name: SPI 2013 Congressional Fly-In
Group Code: SPI
Click here to make a reservation online

For questions and more information about registering, please contact Suzanne Morgan, SPI, at or 202-974-5218. If you have general questions about the Fly-In, you may contact Susan Avery, CAE, CEO, IAPD, at or 913-345-1005.

After registering, you will be contacted by SPI about which Representatives and Senators you would like to visit.


Tuesday, July 23
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Informal Welcome Reception
The Monocle
107 D Street, Northeast
Wednesday, July 24
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Breakfast Briefing on Administration Issues
Minuteman Ballroom
Reserve Officers Association, 5th Floor
One Constitution Avenue, Northeast
9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon Morning Meetings with Administration Officials
Minuteman Ballroom
Reserve Officers Association, 5th Floor
One Constitution Avenue, Northeast
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Briefing in Advance of Congressional Office Visits
Minuteman Ballroom
Reserve Officers Association, 5th Floor
One Constitution Avenue, Northeast
1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Capitol Hill Meetings*
House and Senate Office Buildings
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Reception with Members of Congress and Other Invited Guests
Capitol Hill Club
Eisenhower Lounge, 1st Floor
300 First Street, Southeast


Two preparatory webinars (available live and recorded) will be held for all participants of the fly-in. IAPD will prepare fact sheets about our industry, specific issues and general governmental relations etiquette. We will make sure that you are completely prepared and comfortable participating. The registration fees are to cover your direct costs. IAPD is paying an overall fee to subsidize our portion of the SPI’s handling of the logistics for planning the fly-in.

Why IAPD is Participating in the Legislative Fly-In

For several years, IAPD has been working to help build a North American plastics association coalition to collaborate on environmental and governmental relations issues; outreach to the engineering and end-using communities; dovetail on media, education and outreach campaigns; and use the power of our collective membership constituencies to tell the positive stories about plastics.

After several years of meeting with associations such as the American Chemistry Council’s Plastics Division (ACC) and the Society of Plastics Industry (SPI) to form a coalition, our efforts finally paid off. This new coalition is called Plastics Association Leaders (PAL) and it represents all of the major North American plastics associations’ CEOs.

Taking Plastics to the Hill

Our first coalition project is July 23 – 24, 2013. Members from eight of the coalition associations will gather in Washington, D.C. for the inaugural 2013 Plastics Industry Fly-In. The fly-in is co-branded as the Plastics Champions and will provide IAPD members a unique opportunity to provide Members of Congress and Administration officials with background and real-world scenarios that illustrate how pressing issues impact the health and viability of your business, including economic, environmental, energy and regulatory issues pertinent to the overall plastics industry.

IAPD will cover specific issues that are migrating into our niche of the plastics market, including:

  • Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)
  • U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Program/Green Building Standards
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • PVC piping deselection attacks, such as direct regulatory issues and codes causing deselection of PVC in many markets


The plastics industry trade associations participating in the Fly-In are:
  • International Association of Plastics Distribution
  • American Chemistry Council
  • American Composites Manufacturers Association
  • Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association
  • Plastic Pipe Institute
  • SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
  • The Vinyl Institute
  • Western Plastics Association




How Large is the Plastics Industry?

Plastics represent the nation’s third largest manufacturing sector. In 2011, the latest full year for which data is available, the U.S. plastics industry generated $380.4 billion dollars in annual shipments, which was a 12 percent increase from 2010. It directly employed almost 900 thousand people in 16,298 facilities, with a presence in every state. Approximately 33,700 plastics jobs have been added since the end of 2009.

In terms of trade value, the U.S. plastics industry’s 2011 exports totaled $58.6 billion, which yielded a positive trade balance of $16.3 billion. The plastics sector has proven itself to be economically resilient and has performed significantly better than other manufacturing sectors during the post-2009 uptick in the U.S. economy in which the overall manufacturing sector has led the way. These numbers were released by SPI; however, as you can tell, missing are IAPD’s statistics.

IAPD is Vital to the Overall Plastics Industry

IAPD represents a smaller niche of the overall plastics market, but it is estimated that just IAPD’s stock shapes distribution market represents close to $3 billion U.S., not including the manufacturing component of our industry, nor the pipe, valves and fittings distribution and manufacturing markets. This year, our Government Relations Committee will work to collect data on our niche of the industry so we can show our true impact.

While the other plastics associations cover many segments of the overall plastics industry; only IAPD represents distribution. This makes IAPD’s participation vital to telling the overall story of plastics, as distribution is closest to the end-use customer, but more importantly, whether your company is a large or small; distributor, fabricator, manufacturer or manufacturers’ representative – each branch or location represents a distinct business, which has an impact on a local economy. The most talked about issue in D.C. right now is job creation. Legislators want to create relationships with businesses in their respective districts. Each company, plant, location or branch represents a small business. So whether you are a national, international or local company, each of your locations represents a distinct business. Legislators want your stories – you are job creators and also, depending on the markets you serve, you may be the very key to a particular legislator’s district.

IAPD members have the best story to tell, as we are one of the few plastics associations that are not representative of single-use plastics and collectively touch about every single industrial market, which represents an incredible opportunity to deliver the facts about who we are, what we do and what is possible with plastics. The best defense is a good offense and it is time that plastics get a fair opportunity to share the power of plastics and show just how responsible our industry is in environmental stewardship, innovation, job creation and global competition.

It is time for us to get the facts straight and tell our amazing stories of plastics, our members, our industry and our association. We are plastics, we are IAPD and we have a voice. Let’s use it!