UPI is a supporter of a number of chemical industry organizations.  Being involved in trade groups affords us an opportunity to network with colleagues in different parts of the country.  These trade associations provide a forum through which information is exchanged and where problems can be discussed.  They universally promote positive operational business practices, and an environment through which we are all collectively better off as a chemical community.  These interest groups are a way for us to directly follow what’s happening in Washington and beyond.  Events taking place overseas do matter, and these organizations are helpful in understanding the impacts on US markets.