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March 07, 1994 

About your Feb. 21 Viewpoint ("Changing APC affiliation a bad move," Page 6), I agree completely.

As a plastics processor, I have seen tangible benefits from the Society of the Plastics Industry/American Plastics Council functional and philosophical affiliation. A recommendation to affiliate APC with the Chemical Manufacturers Association is not a surprise coming from a task group headed by a past CMA staff chief executive. I think that result was inevitable, but I don't think it was a planned agenda at the beginning by those making the appointment.

The real surprise to me is the approach to quality and efficiency improvement at APC.

Without having the personal experience of working for a large chemical firm, I can only guess, but my suspicion is that the chemical chief executive officers stimulate improvements in their own companies by identifying problems and eliminating them -- not by moving them. Why wouldn't the same logic and approach apply in their involvement with APC? Why not keep APC with SPI and eliminate the problems within APC, not just move them somewhere else?

I don't get it.

George A. Makrauer
Amko Plastics Inc.
Cincinnati

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