A message from the 2019-2020 President:

The Board of Directors of the Akron Section and I welcome you to our 2019-2020 professional activities. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and many thanks to Nicole Fraifogl for all of the time, dedication and support she gave to the many sections, organizations and people that the SPE comes into contact with. Without her leadership and devotion, the section would not have been able to produce the excellent program that we had last year, nor would it have been possible to grow and extend our goals and mission within the community.

All meetings will be held jointly with the Cleveland Section except for our separate Awards Night in May. You will find program details in the Polymer Valley newsletter, on our web site at, our Facebook home page and also the pocket calendar sent recently under separate cover. Note that meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

This year will be very busy, including our Section hosting VINYLTEC in October. Special pricing is offered through September 13, and the deadline for tabletop and sponsorship reservations is also September 13. For more information, visit our website at or In January Akron SPE will be co-sponsoring an event with the Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies (ACESS). This will be a roundtable-type event hosting technical recruiters from the area that will discuss job opportunities in the various engineering and scientific fields, where they believe the job growth will occur and also what changes have taken place regarding recruitment and the job search process.

This year’s program was designed to include events that would hopefully teach, inspire and interest everyone from students to professionals that have a stake in the plastics industry, or those that may be interested in what a job in the plastics field has to offer.

If you would like to participate in the leadership and decision making, please join us at the board meetings that are generally scheduled the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the UA Polymer Engineering Academic Center. Please contact me for details.

Larry Stanek, President 2019-2020 Akron Section of SPE

440-975-0070 ext 313