The Cleveland Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers was founded in 1943, the third section to be formed in the USA. We are the professional home for nearly 275 plastics professionals across the Greater Cleveland area. Our objective is to promote scientific, engineering, and business knowledge related to the plastics industry in northeast Ohio. We invite you to browse through our site and encourage your attendance and participation at our technical programs.


The PlastiVan™ Program

The PlastiVan™ Program is a great way to WOW and excite young people about the science and the vast opportunities the plastics industry has to offer. The PlastiVan program travels to schools and companies throughout North America, educating people of all ages about plastics chemistry, history, processing, manufacturing, sustainability and applications. For more information about the PlastiVan™ Program, please contact Eve Vitale at evitale@4spe.org or (810) 814-6412


Call for new treasurer

As a member of the Cleveland Section, please consider volunteering for the position of Treasurer.  The position starts in June 2019 and requires attendance at monthly board meetings, preparing and presenting the annual budget to the board for approval, managing the income and expenses of the section as well as the accounts.  For more details, contact editor at  SPECleComm@gmail.com.

Call for Education Committee members

The work of the committees of our SPE section relies on technical, commercial, industrial and academic leaders like yourself to achieve our mission. In particular, the Education Committee is asking section members to volunteer to help with their mission of supporting local plastic educational opportunities as well as supporting local talented individuals with educational awards and scholarships. The role involves identifying opportunities for Plastivan sessions at local schools, identifying award candidates at local Science Fairs and identifying and screening scholarship candidates.  Please contact the Cleveland section at SPECleComm@gmail.com for more details.

Call for Papers – May Conference, John Carroll University

SPE Cleveland has been offered a presentation session at the Microscopy Society of Northeast Ohio’s annual May conference. The conference will be conducted on John Carroll University’s picturesque campus in University Heights OH on May 22, 2019.

The conference gathers stakeholders from local universities, businesses and technical societies together to present and exhibit in the fields of chemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy and more.

The main topics for our session will be Plastics and Polymers, but can include any subject within those fields, though it may be best to focus on analytical methods.

We are asking for 3 or 4 presentations from our members or your companies to make up a full speaker session at the event. If you, or someone at your company or facility have a topic, project or presentation you would like to present, please reach out to our Communications Chair at SPECleComm@gmail.com for registration information.

We appreciate your consideration of presenting at the event and hope that you can help us build an informative and beneficial session.