Are you curious about the “PITA” and how it relates to synthetic or polyester web?

2-inch webbing roll is what I write about, because it is what I’m all about, so I am sure it will seem odd that I only uncovered a few unusual bits of interest today related to our inventory of poly web material and webbing polyester.

Let me update you on this process, just one quick “FYI”. Today’s excerpts come from unusual posts that my assistant and I found in our morning surf of the web. Hey, the information we found today will be of great interest to those who love posts has tons of info in our favorite scientific arenas.

Amazingly enough, there is even more — outrageous as it may seem — to share on our primary site. So if you’d love better detailed content, then take a peek here: Full article / Click here.

Okay, let’s get started:

Yes, Roger Howard writing to you (indeed, I am the prolific commercial fabrics guy), and prepared with interesting textiles content today for you-all!

As always, if you prefer to watch videos, that’s no problem! I’m building a list of relevant videos that will give a bit more depth and insight to commercial fabric manufacturing processes, and plan to add all that very soon.

I have to say that I prefer the written word? That’s enough delay, right? So here is what I am eager to share today. This article provides great background and insight to the science behind 1.5 inch seat belt webbing:

Our team knows it’s really exciting that in the cargo webbing commercial enterprise that business owners like us have to network and build out our associations each and every workweek. I was at our regional Chamber of Commerce meeting last month and met a new member recently relocated from the west coast. He’s recently worked closely with poly web material matters in the American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc. (AFMA).

Yes, for those who are loyal followers of my post, this is the part where I come out and confess that I had barely ever come across the Plastics Industry Trade Association (PITA). Again, yes, this is humbling, I know… but at least I’m getting on top of it now. Either way, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to share an overview with you all …just in case there were a few of you may be curious about the PITA.

Citation / Source:

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $427 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly one million American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at and

“From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry,” said William R. Carteaux, president and CEO, SPI. “Our most recent economic reports show that the plastics industry as a whole is resilient, and has come through the recession significantly better than other U.S. manufacturing sectors.”

A bit of a teaser, but, these are the news items I thought were worth mentioning
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— House Committee Moves Resolution to Block Persuader Rule — May 26, 2016
The House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved a resolution, H. J. Res. 87, to block the implementation of the new Department of Labor’s “persuader” rule under the Congressional Review Act.

— Obama Administration Announces Significant Changes to the Overtime Rule — May 26, 2016
The Department of Labor (DOL) released its final overtime rule to be used in determining whether or not executive, administrative and professional (“EAP”) employees are exempt from overtime pay.

— Highlights from the 2016 North American Flexible Film & Bag Conference — May 25, 2016
The 2016 North American Flexible Film & Bag Conference wrapped up this month in Houston after providing dozens of industry professionals with cutting edge insights into the world of plastic wraps and films.

— Plastics Industry Applauds MTB Passage — May 20, 2016
The $427-billion U.S. plastics industry applauded President Barack Obama after he signed H.R. 4923, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, into law Friday. The bill establishes a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill process that America’s manufacturers can use to avoid having to pay tariffs on imported products of which there’s no suitable U.S.-based supplier.

— American Progressive Bag Alliance to Submit Signatures to Qualify Environmental Fee Protection Act Initiative — May 19, 2016
The initiative would direct all money generated or collected under a state law that mandates consumer charges for carryout bags to an environmental fund, rather than to grocers’ profits.

— SPI Welcomes First General Counsel, Kiran Mand — May 19, 2016
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced this week the appointment of Kiran Mand as its first-ever general counsel.

— OSHA Issues Final Rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” — May 16, 2016
Effective January 1, 2017, certain employers will be required to electronically submit to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the injury and illness records they are currently required to keep under existing OSHA regulations.

— OSHA Releases Background Materials for Potential Rulemaking Activity on Process Safety Management (PSM) — May 16, 2016
Background and supporting materials provided to the Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel for the rulemaking are now available to the public in the rulemaking docket.

— California Initiates Online Environmental Complaint System — May 9, 2016
The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) launched an online tool to make it easier for the public to report environmental problems anywhere in the state from their smartphones, tablets and computers.

— Plastics Industry is Pleased with House Passage of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill — May 2, 2016
On Wednesday, April 27th the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4923, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016. Commonly referred to as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), this legislation outlines the process by which the International Trade Commission (ITC) and Congress shall receive, consider and approve duty suspensions and reductions.

— SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association Concludes Inaugural Re|focus Summit & Expo — April 28, 2016
Yesterday, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association concluded its inaugural Re|focus Recycling Summit & Expo which included prominent speakers from the plastics, recycling, food, beverage and consumer products industries.

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