The Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) announced that Randy Knapp has joined the organization as director of engineering, Fuel Gas and Building & Construction Divisions. Reporting to the PPI executive director, Knapp will be responsible for the institute’s technical, marketing, and industry outreach programs.

Knapp had been the brand/product manager for UPONOR – USA, a member company of PPI, a membership-based trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry. The mission of the organization is to promote plastics as the material of choice for pipe applications.

“This newly created position provides increased stewardship for two divisions within PPI where growth indicators for market expansion are clear,“ Tony Radoszewski, executive director of PPI says. “His extensive professional background, knowledge of the PPI, its goals and challenges, along with his academic accreditations and his insight about national standards organizations all combine for our greater benefit and that of the industry overall. Randy’s main focus will be further advancing that knowledge and broadening the scope of end-users of polyethylene pipe within these divisions.”

Knapp earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University – Northridge, an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and is completing his Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Minnesota.

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