SOCMA Leverages Chemical Council Memberships to Expand State-Level Advocacy
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2012
Manager, Public Relations & Media
Washington, DC – In a move to further expand its state-level advocacy work, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) announced today its membership in two additional state chemical councils - the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois and the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council.
“State chemical councils offer SOCMA the opportunity to more efficiently address local industry priorities rather than placing organizational resources on the ground full time,” said SOCMA President & CEO Lawrence D. Sloan. “These councils have a lot of influence and are well-respected with state officials and elected representatives.”
In addition to the Illinois and Ohio groups, SOCMA is also a member of the Chemical Industry Council of California and the Pennsylvania Chemical Industry Council.
“SOCMA strategically joined these four groups because they are in the epicenter of legislative and regulatory activities that impact our industry,” Sloan said. “We intend to turn our memberships into more of a reciprocal partnership in which we help them benefit from our national level expertise while we rely on them to help us tackle priorities at the state level.”
As specialty chemical manufacturing expands in the U.S., so do the number of priorities in which SOCMA needs to be involved.
“It is becoming increasingly important for the specialty chemical industry to deploy state-level advocacy, and as the association for this sector, SOCMA will be working with its state council partners to ensure this perspective is heard,” Sloan explained.
SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector. SOCMA has a global membership of 220 companies, which employ more than 46,000 workers in the U.S. alone. The value of the products and services provided by SOCMA members is $24 billion, and the industry’s impact on the U.S. GDP is upwards of $2.9 trillion. For more information on our services and products, please visit www.socma.com.