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In wake of Obama, SPI goes to Cuba


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March 23, 2016 by Canadian Plastics

Following hard on the heels of U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic three-day trip to Cuba, the president and CEO of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) is also visiting the island in an effort to drum up business for U.S. plastics processors.

Bill Carteaux.

Bill Carteaux.

Leading a group of U.S. plastics industry members, the SPI’s Bill Carteaux departed for Cuba on March 20. “My history making trip to Cuba has begun. Boarding my flight to Havana in Miami,” Carteaux tweeted. The next day he tweeted that “potential trade benefits” existed for the two countries.

To follow Carteaux on the visit, click on his Twitter link.

The U.S. government has enforced a commercial and economic blockade on Cuba since 1960. Obama’s visit was the first by an American president since Calvin Coolidge in the 1928.

The SPI is headquartered in Washington, D.C.