President’s Message


For the last couple of years, I have attended SPE meetings, Plastic Pioneers Association meetings and Industry Advisory meetings as well as many discussions with individual companies in the Plastics Industry.  One topic that seems to always come up is how to get new and keep existing employees that we need to sustain and grow our businesses.

Last month’s Cleveland/Akron joint meeting speaker was Michael O’Donnell, VP of Operations of MAGNET.  MAGNET is a not-for-profit, state funded organization to assist North East Ohio manufacturing in hiring and retaining employees.  The meeting was a very interactive and very lively discussion between the presenters and the members.  Mr. O’Donnell offered many new and progressive ideas on benefits programs and work policies.

If you missed that meeting you missed an opportunity to help your business. Here is the website to MAGNET for more information:

This month, on May 13th, our annual Awards Night will be held in Broadview Heights, OH.   Our North East Ohio Science and Engineering Fair winners will be there as well as our College Scholarship winner.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and encourage the young people that Cleveland SPE is supporting in their pursuit of careers in plastics.  I urge Cleveland Members to attend this meeting to meet these bright and inspiring students and to see the good work our section is doing. Hope to see you there.

SPE Cleveland