SPI Recycling Expert Named Rising Star by Plastics News

August 12, 2014


Kimberly Coghill


WASHINGTON – SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association congratulates Kim Holmes, director of recycling and diversion, for being named a “Rising Star” by Plastics News. Holmes, who joined SPI full-time in the fall of 2013, is responsible for leading the Recycling Committee and advising senior leadership and staff on policy, trends and other issues associated with sustainability.

Holmes is one of 20 top achievers under age 40 selected by Plastics News for recognition as the industry’s best and brightest. The selection process focused on individuals who are on the path to becoming plastics industry leaders – or who are already there.

“Kim Holmes’ experience, knowledge and talent are assets to SPI and the overall plastics manufacturing industry,” said Bill Carteaux, SPI president and CEO. “We’re thrilled that she’s received much-deserved recognition from Plastics News, a well-respected leading voice in the industry. Kim’s leadership and deep understanding of sustainability have helped guide SPI in its mission to pursue zero waste.”

Don Loepp, Plastics News editor, said, “I’m really excited about our inaugural group of Rising Stars honorees – we plan to make this an annual project. The interest and response to the call for nominees was outstanding. We accomplished our goal of finding some of the best and brightest young talent in the plastics industry.”

Complete profiles of all Rising Stars may be viewed in the Aug. 11, 2014, edition of Plastics News or on the organization’s website at www.plasticsnews.com.


Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $373 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900 thousand American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative and regulatory 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 www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.

"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."