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The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI) announced that its Power and Communications Division (PCD) has elected Randy Kummer of Southwire Company LLC (Carrollton, GA) to division chair and Adriana Velasquez of Shell Polymers (Deer Park, TX) to vice chair. Kummer, who will also represent the division on the PPI Board of Directors for the next two years, takes over from Stephanie Maskas of Four Star Industries (Allendale, SC) who now moves into the past chair role. The changes took effect June 1, 2020. PPI’s PCD focuses on high-density polyethylene (HDPE) conduit for power and communication cabling applications. PPI is the major North American trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry.

Randy Kummer of Southwire Company is the new Chair of PPI’s Power & Communications Division.

Velasquez previously served on the PCD Management Committee as the Education Committee chair.  Richard Hicks of Dura-Line, Ltd (Knoxville, TN) who now joins the management team for the first time, will assume chair of the Education Committee. Also joining the team is Logan Bridges of United Poly Systems, LLC (Springfield, MO) as chair of the Marketing and Communications committee.  Other spots in the PCD include Kevin Copher of Blue Diamond Industries, LLC (Lexington, KY) who remains as the Advisory Council Liaison, and Tom Stewart of Dura-Line who continues as R&D Projects Chair, managing the work of PCD’s research group activities.

Adriana Velasquez of Shell Polymers has accepted the position of Vice-Chair for PPI’s Power & Communications Division.

According to Patrick Vibien, P. Eng., director, “PPI’s management committee members provide significant guidance to staff on topics from advocacy and education, to codes and standards. These new leadership positions solidify their continued commitments to PPI and the conduit industry. We are grateful for the volunteer service of these dedicated members. ”

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