We are the Cleveland Section of the Society for Plastics Engineers (SPE), the leading plastics professional society in the world. Since 1942, SPE has been the “go to” technical information, training, networking, and information-sharing source for plastics professionals who want to advance their knowledge and careers. Membership in the Society offers:
free access to a vast on-line collection of technical journals and conference proceedings;
significant discounts at many SPE-sponsored conferences, including SPE’s famous international Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC);
free access to a job search and recruitment web site, SPE Career Solutions;
professional networking and information-sharing through its on-line social network, the Chain;
opportunities for volunteer participation in the work of the Society at national or regional level.
Founded in 1943, the Cleveland Section was the third section to be formed in the USA. Its first president was Reynold (Ren) Morse, who later founded the Industrial Molding Supplies (IMS) Company.Our objective is to promote scientific, engineering, and business knowledge related to the plastics industry in northeast Ohio. We are the professional home for nearly 275 plastics professionals across the Greater Cleveland area. Every year, from September through May, we organize one meeting per month, advertised in advance in our on-line newsletter, the SPEC Sheet. A typical meeting consists of a social hour, followed by dinner, and culminates in a technical presentation by an expert. Occasionally, a plant or laboratory tour replaces or supplements the presentation. For a history of programs this year, see http://specleveland.org/history-of-events. Our programs (with the exception of the Awards Night in May) are held jointly with the Akron Section of SPE, with whom we have collaborated since its inception in 1958, when it split off the Cleveland Section.Wherever you are in your polymers-related career-from student through retired-we invite you to benefit from and contribute to SPE as an active member of your Cleveland Section.