Vinyl Institute Elects Westlake Chemical Corporation EVP as Chairman

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Roger Kearns elected chairman of vinyl industry trade association

Roger Kearns, EVP of Westlake's Vinyls Chemicals Photo Credit: Michael Hart

“Our membership recognizes the key role that Roger will have in leading and advancing the vinyl industry. He will assist in legislative and regulatory policy positions that will not only grow the PVC industry but also protect our product reputation.” - Ned Monroe, VI CEO/President

Vinyl Institute Elects Roger Kearns as Chairman

The Vinyl Institute (VI), the U.S. trade association representing manufacturers of vinyl, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM), additives, and modifiers, is pleased to announce Roger Kearns, Executive Vice President of Westlake Chemical Corporation’s Vinyls Chemicals, today was elected 2021 VI Chairman at the association’s annual meeting, Vinyl360.

“We are excited to welcome Roger as our incoming chair,” said Ned Monroe, VI President/CEO. “Our membership recognizes the key role that Roger will have in leading and advancing the vinyl industry. He will assist in legislative and regulatory policy positions that will not only grow the PVC industry but also protect our product reputation and ensure the continued implementation of our strategic priorities.”

In this role, Mr. Kearns will also lead the VI’s Executive Committee which is comprised of its Company Members with the capacity in the United States to manufacture 1 billion pounds or more of vinyl chloride suspension polymers or copolymers. Mr. Kearns served as Vice Chair in 2020.

About the Vinyl Institute:
The Vinyl Institute (VI), founded in 1982, is a U.S. trade association representing the leading manufacturers of vinyl, vinyl chloride monomer, vinyl additives, and modifiers. The VI works on behalf of its members to promote the benefits of the world's most versatile plastic, used to make everything from PVC piping to flooring, roofing and vinyl siding. The vinyl industry in the United States employs over 350,000 highly skilled employees at nearly 3,000 facilities and generates an economic value of $54 billion. For more information, visit vinylinfo.org.

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