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Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Council Members Built Bicycles for Distribution to Area Children

PITTSBURGH, PA, U.S.A., October 10, 2015: On Friday, October 9, more than 40 international attendees of the Leadership Council of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) took part in a Bike-A-Thon™ workshop that produced eight bicycles for local children, SPE announced today.

The event took place on the evening of the first day of the Fall meeting of SPE’s Leadership Council in Pittsburgh. It was funded by the SPE Foundation and organized by Magnovo Training Group, a provider of team-building events for charities. The YMCA assisted in distributing the bicycles to children.

“The Bike-A-Thon served as an evening of team building for our Leadership Council and enabled us to make a contribution to the Pittsburgh community,” said Dick Cameron, SPE’s 2015-2016 president. “Having lived in Pittsburgh for almost 50 years, I was gratified that we could benefit our community YMCA, whose programs and camps I have personally supported. It was a great evening for all of us.”

The SPE Foundation provides funding in support of plastics education. Each year it offers scholarships to many students, provides grants to schools and other institutions, and sponsors programs for grade and high school students such as the traveling PlastiVan™ and Hands on Plastics™ kits. Information is available at    

The mission of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) is to promote scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics worldwide and to educate industry, academia, and the public about these advances.  SPE is active in educating, promoting, recognizing, and communicating technical accomplishments for all phases of plastics and plastic based-composite developments in the global transportation industry.  Topic areas include applications, materials, processing, equipment, tooling, design, and development. Visit

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