Norwin Wolff Honored with Allderdice Award
NOR WIN WOLFF, founder and chairman of Interpolymer Corp., Canton, MA, received the Charles E. Allderdice
Jr. Memorial Award, the association’s highest honor,
during the opening session of the CSPA annual meeting.
The award is presented annually to an individual who has
made an exceptional contribution to the consumer specialty
products industry and to the Association.
The CSPA also recognized seven members—one in each
division—with the Volunteerism Award. They include:
• Aerosol Products Division: Dan Renn, Bridgeview
• Antimicrobial Products Division: John G. Wood, Ecolab
• Industrial & Automotive Products Division: Sean
McNear, Honeywell Consumer Products Group;
• Cleaning Products Division: Ken Roach,
• Polishes & Floor Maintenance Division: James F.
Hermann, JohnsonDiversey, Inc.;
• Air Care Products Division: Suzanne Hagen, The Dial Corporation; and
• Pesticide Products Division: William D. Gullickson Jr., McLaughlin Gormley King Company.
Norwin Wolff is flanked by his wife Patti (left) and Kelly
Semrau of S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
“He wants this (his presidency) to end
well,” he said. “He knows he must run
the country from the middle.”
Changing course is not waffling, if you
go in the right direction, explained Mr.
Candor will also be key if President
Obama is to be successful. He reminded
the audience that President Roosevelt
spoke directly to the American public
even during the winter of 1942, the
darkest days of World War II.
With the global economy in a free-fall,
President Obama must remain
straightforward with Americans.
“The news is going to get worse before
it gets better,” he noted. “But you have
to tell it to them straight.”
In terms of cooperation, Mr. Meacham
insisted that President Obama is willing to reach across the aisle to
Republicans, much as Abraham Lincoln
did to build his “Team of Rivals” during
Finally, great presidents exhibit some
level of control—both of their emotions
and the media of their day. Great presidents, said Mr. Meacham, know their
“Obama has a high level of self-aware-ness,” he observed. “He knows how to
exert authority without appearing
At the same time, President Obama
exhibited mastery of the internet during his presidential campaign.
Following his inauguration, President
Obama will have 12-18 months to push
legislation through Congress. Mr.
Meacham expects little resistance from
the House or Senate, as Congress doesn’t want to be blamed for anything that
goes wrong during that time.
Finally, Mr. Meacham insisted that
democracy depends on confidence.
“If people feel better about things getting better, things get better,” he told
Aerosol Division Highlights
A range of issues took center stage during the aerosol division’s program. Bill
Auriemma of Diversified CPC gave the
audience an overview of the wild ride
that oil has taken during the past 12
months. But before going over the numbers, he warned the audience, “we
remain one geopolitical instance away
from a spike (in prices).”
Mr. Auriemma’s prediction was right
on target, as Israel’s invasion of Gaza
sent oil rising from its low of $32.40 a
barrel on Dec. 19 to $42.04 by Jan. 7,
2009. Still, that figure is well below oil’s
high-water mark, which occurred on
July 11, 2008, when a barrel of crude
reached $147.55. So where will oil
prices settle in 2009? Mr. Auriemma
expects somewhere between $35 and
$70. The prices are significant for
aerosol product manufacturers,
because, “at the end of the day, the
aerosol market uses a lot of hydrocarbons,” explained Mr. Auriemma.
Predictions also played a role in Jay
Billings’ presentation, “Anticipating the
Sustainable Customer.” Mr. Billings, of
Ball Corp., noted that 87% of Fortune
500 companies have major sustainability programs in place, and increasing
market complexity creates a greater
need for collaboration between suppliers and their customers.
Consumers, too, are concerned about
sustainability and are recycling more
than ever before—if it is convenient.
According to Mr. Billings, 71% of consumers recycle if the program is curb-side, but that participation rate falls to
just 45% for drop-off only programs.
Unfortunately, consumers are misinformed about aerosol can recycling,
according to Mr. Billings.
“There is a lot of misinformation about
chlorofluorocarbons and recycling,”
insisted Mr. Billings. “Consumers are
very confused about aerosols, although
they acknowledge that aerosols dispense products very well.”