BETSY STEINER: President EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA)

Betsy Steiner is the President of the EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA). Steiner is driven to develop creative solutions that address evolving marketplace issues and regulatory policy relating to environmental product stewardship.

In January 2012, two former associations, the Alliance of Foam Packaging Recyclers (AFPR) and the EPS Molders Association (EPSMA) consolidated into a joint industry trade group covering a broader product scope for North American EPS manufacturers.

The EPS Industry Alliance (EPS-IA) is the North American trade association for the expanded polystyrene (EPS) industry. Our members – more than 50 small businesses located in 44 states – manufacture EPS foam insulation used in building and construction and EPS protective packaging for consumer goods including appliances, electronics, pharmaceuticals, furniture, and other products. EPS is a versatile, lightweight material — 98 percent air —that supports a diverse range of industries and significant sectors of our national economy.

EPS offers a unique combination of performance characteristics including high shock absorption, high thermal resistance and high compressive strength. These properties are further enhanced by the ability to customize EPS into unlimited shapes and sizes enabling it to meet specifications for hundreds of highly engineered applications. EPS insulation promotes faster construction times and contributes to significant energy savings. Cold chain shipping, radiant floor heating, highway bridge abutments, automotive safety components, and life-saving sports helmets are just some of the important ways EPS contributes to a safer, healthier and more energy efficient society.