(ABOVE) Pictured from left: Owen Caine, Executive Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy, CSPA; Jim Jones, Executive Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Industry Relations, CSPA; Ann Aquillo, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, CSPA Board Member, Scott’s Miracle-Gro; and Steve Caldeira, President and CEO, CSPA.
Steve Caldeira, president and CEO, CSPA, Jim Jones, executive vice president, strategic alliances and industry relations, and Owen Caine, executive vice president, government relations and public policy, headed to Ohio to visit Scotts Miracle-Gro Company and State Industrial Products on October 16. At the Dwight G. Scott Research Center, Scotts’ headquarters, CSPA was joined by Cheryl H. Prinster, manager, regulatory affairs, Janelle Restum, vice president, global regulatory affairs, Jim Wallace, director, regulatory affairs, Greg Cunningham, regulatory manager, gardens, and Ann Aquillo, vice president, corporate affairs, CSPA board member and member of CSPA’s nominating committee.
The group discussed the Association’s structure, agenda, and top priorities including the California Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017, the status of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) ingredient disclosure requirements, and PRIA. “We’re continuing Steve’s tradition of reaching out to companies to learn more about their business, which enables us to better serve our member companies,” said Caine.
The following day, Caldeira, Jones, and Caine traveled to Hebron, Ohio to tour State Industrial Products’ manufacturing facility. Dashun Golden led the tour, sharing facts about capacity and the products’ journey through the facility, as well as showcasing the quality control lab. Bo Blackstone, director, supply chain, Courtney D. Stasko, director, corporate quality, and Jim Stickradt, manager, environmental health and safety and Rebecca Korwin, vice president research and development, CSPA board member, toured with the group.
Pictured from left: Courtney Stasko, Director, Corporate Quality, Dashun Golden, Production Manager, State Industrial; Jim Stickradt, Environmental Health and Safety Manager, State Industrial; Bo Blackstone, Director of Supply Chain, State Industrial; Dr. Rebecca Korwin, Ph.D, Vice President, Research and Development, State Industrial and CSPA Board Member; Steve Caldeira, President and CEO, CSPA; Owen Caine, Executive Vice President, Government Relations and Public Policy; Jim Jones, Executive Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Industry Relations; and Rachel Buyer, Purchasing Manager, State Industrial.
Later in the day, CSPA met with Seth Uhrman, fourth-generation CEO, Rebecca Korwin and Maggie Gottardi, manager, research and development, at State Industrial headquarters in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. Uhrman detailed the legacy of his father and grandfather while touring the headquarters. “Especially for a company held by the same family for four generations, it was amazing to hear how they continue to innovate while preserving their traditions and core values,” said Caine.