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Plastics USA 2004 general information.

Exposition Dates and Hours

Tuesday, September 28 10 am-5 pm Wednesday, September 29 10 am-5 pm Thursday, September 30 10 am-3 pm

Registration Dates and Hours

Tuesday, September 28 9 am-5 pm Wednesday, September 29 9 am-5 pm Thursday, September 30 9 am-2 pm

All exhibits are located on Level 3 of McCormick East adjacent to the registration area. McCormick East is also known as Lakeside Center.

International Center

The International Center--located near the registration area at the front of the hall--serves to welcome our international visitors to Plastics USA 2004 and provides special services to them and to international delegations. The Center is staffed with international trade show specialists from the U.S. Department of Commerce, interpreters fluent in several languages, and staff equipped to answer your specific questions relating to Plastics USA 2004 exhibitors and products. We invite our international visitors to meet and explore business opportunities with exhibitors in the lounge area or in a private meeting room.

Educational Opportunities

FREE! Plastics USA 2004 Conference ~ McCormick East, Level 2, Rooms 270-271

Wednesday, September 29 1 pm-5 pm

FREE to Plastics USA 2004 badge holders --Society of Plastics Engineers offers four concurrent tracks on Automotive, Extrusion, Injection Molding and New Technology, with six 45-minute presentations for each track (24 presentations total).

SPE Seminars ~ McCormick East, Level 2, Rooms 261-266

Tuesday-Thursday, September 28-30 8am-5pm

Educational seminars sponsored by the Society of Plastics Engineers require a registration lee. For information and fees, visit the conference registration desk located on Level 2.

SPI Seminars ~ McCormick East, Level 2, Rooms 255-256

Workforce Management & Training: Investing in Human Capital to Build a Workforce Prepared to Compete Wednesday, September 29 10 am-3:30 pm

A New Look at Profitability and Making the Right Technology Investments Wednesday, September 29 9 am-11:30 am

Educational seminars sponsored by The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) require a registration lee. For information and fees, visit the SPI Pavilion.


McCormick Place is a wheelchair-accessible complex and follows all regulations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require a motorized wheelchair during Plastics USA 2004, call +1.888.404.5554 or make your request through their Website:

Business Center/ATM Machine

A full service business center is located on Level 2 of McCormick East. The Business Center telephone number is +1.312.791.6400.

Check Room for Coats/Luggage

A coat/luggage room is provided in McCormick East for the convenience of attendees and exhibitors.

Emergencies First Aid

In case of emergency, inside McCormick Place:

From McCormick Place house phone, dial: 6060

From cell or pay phone dial: +1.312.791.6060

Outside of McCormick Place dial: 911

First Aid Facility Location:

McCormick East, Level 1, follow the Plastics USA First Aid signs.

Food Service Locations

The Plastics USA 2004 restaurant is located at the front of the exhibit hall. Executive Express is located on Level 2 of McCormick East.

Hotel Accommodations

A housing courtesy telephone is located in the registration area for assistance with housing reservations or call the housing office at +1.866.523.0876.

NPE 2006

NPE 2006, The World's Plastics Showcase, is scheduled for June 19-23, 2006, in McCormick Place. More than 1,900 exhibitors will occupy 1,000,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Mark these dates on your 2006 calendar and visit often for updates on the exposition and educational programs.

Plastics USA 2004 Policies

* No cameras or recording devices are allowed in the exhibit hall, the conference sessions, or in the SPE seminars.

* No one under the age of 16 is permitted to attend the exposition.

* McCormick East is a non-smoking facility.

* Open to Trade Only.

Press Room

The Plastics USA 2004 Press Room is located in the registration area, adjacent to the exhibit floor, and is for use by members of the press only. Displayed here are exhibitor press kits, postings of announcements, and other show information. Computers, printers, and Internet ports are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A lounge area for relaxing includes complimentary refreshments.


Shuttle Bus Service to/from Hotels: Your Plastics USA 2004 badge entitles you to the FREE shuttle bus service provided by the show to run between the show hotels--Hyatt Regency Chicago, Best Western Inn of Chicago, and Swissotel--and McCormick East. Shuttle bus schedules will be posted at McCormick East and in show hotel lobbies.

Shuttle Bus Schedule:

Tuesday, September 28: 7:30-10:30 am 2:30-5:30 pm

Wednesday, September 29: 7:30-10:30 am 2:30-5:30 pm

Thursday, September 30: 7:30-10:30 am 1:30-3:30 pm

Scheduled frequency is approximately 20 minutes.

Metra Train Service to/from Downtown: The Plastics USA 2004 hotels are located within walking distance of the Randolph Street Station providing Metra Train service to and from McCormick Place. A Metra Train ticket is required prior to boarding the train. Tickets can be purchased at any Metra station for $1.85/one way trip or $15.75 for ten one way trips.

Metra Train Station Locations: Randolph Street Station. Located below ground on Michigan Avenue between South Water Street and Randolph Street. Street level access to the station is on Michigan Avenue, at the southwest corner at Randolph Street. Access is also available through the Prudential Building, on Randolph Street.

McCormick Place Station. Located below the Grand Concourse between McCormick Place South and North. You can access the stairway to the train platform from the Grand Concourse Level 2.5. Just follow the signs.
Metra Train Schedule:
Tuesday, September 28, through
Thursday, September 30

To McCormick Place

Departs Arrives
Randolph Street McCormick Place
7:15 am 7:22 am
7:35 am 7:42 am
8:20 am 8:27 am
8:30 am 8:37 am
9:20 am 9:27 am
10:20 am 10:27 am
11:20 am 11:27 am
12:20 pm 12:27 pm
1:20 pm 1:27 pm

From McCormick Place

Departs Arrives
McCormick Place Randolph Street
2:51 pm 3:00 pm
3:51 pm 4:00 pm
3:59 pm 4:07 pm
4:11 pm * 4:20 pm
4:48 pm * 4:57 pm
4:51 pm 5:02 pm
5:07 pm * 5:19 pm
5:16 pm 5:27 pm
5:49 pm 5:58 pm
6:16 pm * 6:27 pm
6:21 pm 6:30 pm
6:37 pm 6:46 pm
6:46 pm 6:55 pm

* Added trains on show dates only.

Charter Buses, Limousine & Van Pick-Up/Drop-Off: Charter buses will pick-up and drop-off at Gate 38 in McCormick East, Level 2. For attendees who have made prior reservations, limousines and vans will be allowed to stand-by for a short period of time at Gate 38 in the East Building, Level 2. All vehicles should enter from 31st Street.

Taxi Pick-Up/Drop Off: The taxi "Shared Ride" program permits up to four passengers to share a taxi from McCormick Place to various downtown destinations for $5.00 per person. Riders are grouped in the taxi line during peak periods. Taxis pick-up and drop-off at Gate 30, Level 2 of McCormick East.

Airport Van Service: Continental Air Transport provides service from Chicago O'Hare International Airport and Midway Airport on demand. Save $2 with the discount coupon enclosed in your advance registration packet. The fare to and from O'Hare is $23/one-way or $42/round-trip. The fare to and from Midway Airport is $18/one-way of $32/ round-trip. Service to O'Hare and Midway from McCormick East is as follows: Board Continental Air Transport buses at Gate 37 on Level 2 of McCormick East Wednesday, September 29, noon to 5:30 pm, and on Thursday, September 30, 11 am to 3:30 pm. To make a reservation from either airport to McCormick East, or to the airports from McCormick East at times other than those listed above, call +1.888.284.3826

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Subway to Airports:

CTA to O'Hare Airport. Take the Metra Train to the Randolph Street Station. Walk three blocks west to Dearborn; descend stairs on Dearborn and take CTA Blue Line subway northwest to O'Hare Airport. CTA subway fare is $1.75; subway trip to O'Hare takes approximately 45 minutes.

CTA to Midway Airport. Take the Metra Train to the Randolph Street Station. Walk one block west to Wabash; ascend stairs on Wabash and take CTA Orange Line elevated south to Midway Airport. CTA "el" fare is $1.75; trip to Midway takes approximately 35 minutes.

Additional Information. Call the CTA at +1.312.836.7000.

To Other Train Stations: Union Station. Take the Metra Train to the Van Buren Street Station. Take CTA Bus number 1, 7, 126 of 130 on Michigan Ave. (northbound). CTA fare is $1.75 (exact change required). Union Station is 10 blocks west and one block north on Canal Street, between Adams and Jackson Boulevard.

Northwestern Station. Take the Metra Train to the Randolph Street Station. Take CTA 8us number 60 or 157 on Michigan Ave. (southbound). CTA fare is $1.75 (exact change required). Northwestern Station is 10 blocks west and two blocks south at Madison and Canal Streets.

LaSalle Street Station. Take the Metra Train to the Van Buren Street Station. Walk five blocks west on Van Buren to 414 South LaSalle Street to enter the station.

Taxis at Train Stations. Taxis are generally available at both downtown Metra Electric train stations. At the Randolph Street Station, exit the train through the main station and follow the signs to Michigan Ave. Taxi queue is up on Randolph Street, at Michigan Ave.

Additional Information/Directions to McCormick Place. Call the automated service at +1.312.791.7000, or RTA Travel Information at +1.312.836.7000.

Plastics USA 2004 Committee

Chairman Randy Pearson Dynisco Extrusion

William R. Carteaux Demag Plastics Group Corporation

Alfred J. Cotton, Jr. NYPRO Inc.

Lawrence F. DeBaugh Novatec, Inc.

Alexander D. Guthrie Merritt Extruder Corp.

H. Gunther Hoyt Xaloy Inc.

B. Patrick Smith Maguire Products, Inc.

Tim Stojka Fast Heat, Inc.

Ken Warnock Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co.

Andrew A. Wheeler Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corporation

Vincent L. Witherup The Conair Group

Timothy W. Werner New Castle Industries, Inc.

Plastics USA 2004 Sponsoring Organization

The Society of the Plastics Industry, Inc. (SPI) 1801 K Street, NW, Suite 600K Washington, DC 20006-1301 USA +1.800.SPI.0015, +1.202.974.5235 + fax

Donald K. Duncan, President

Jordan L. Morgenstern, Vice President, Trade Shows

Brigid Hughes, Director, Trade Show Promotion

Phyllis Hortie, Director, Trade Show Operations

Adam Krumhansl, Coordinator, Trade Shows

Plastics USA 2004 Education Co-Sponsor

Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) 14 Fairfield Drive Brookfield, CT 05804-0403 USA +1.203.775.0471 +1.203.775.8490 fax

Susan Oderwald, Executive Director

Tobi Gebauer, Manager, Recruitment and Retention

Laurie McDougal, Training and Education Coordinator for Seminars

Plastics USA 2004 Exposition Management

Show Director Barbara Voss VossWorks c/o SmithBucklin Corporation

Management Company SmithBucklin Corporation 401 North Michigan Avenue, 23rd Floor Chicago, Illinois 60611 +1.312.644.6610 +1.312.644.0575 fax

Donna Fagan, Senior Assistant

Duff Seyller, Exhibit Sales Coordinator

Jennifer Ososky, Exhibit Sales Coordinator

Plastics USA 2004 Exposition Promotion

Marketing Kircher, Inc. & Kircher Interactive 1225 Eye Street, Suite 1225 Washington, DC 20005-5918 USA +1.202.371.0700 +1.202.371.0706 fax

Jean Whiddon, President & CEO

Matthew G. Borkowski, Vice President, Account Strategy & Services

Allyn Summa, Vice President, Internet Strategy & Development

Public Relations Martino Communications, Inc. P.O. Box 379, 8 Main Street Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706 USA +1.914.478.0754 +1.914.478.0959 fax

Robert J. Martino, President

Plastics USA 2004 Directory Editorial and Production Staff

Gardner Publications 6915 Valley Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45244 +1.513.527.8800

James J. Callari, Publisher

Melissa K. Skavlem, Associate Publisher

Tina E. Fede, Assistant Editor, Data Collection

Becky Helton, Advertising Production Manager

Sheri Briggs, Art Director

Rhonda Weaver, Pagination Manager

Julie Baker, Systems Application Manager

Chris Larkins, Prepress Supervisor


Plastics USA 2004 exhibitors who have expressed an interest in international business are highlighted with a blue globe [*]. These exhibitors have a range of interests including: selling products directly in overseas markets; finding agents of distributors; and participating in joint ventures, licensing agreements, or direct investment opportunities. For more information, please visit the International Center located in the Lakeside Center lobby and speak with one of the import/export counselors from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Contact: Barb Rawdon, Project Officer USDOC International Buyer Program Phone +1.202.482.5281

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