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  1. Slideshow Recaps SOCMA’s 2015 Events, Award Winners

    For SOCMA’s members and guests who could not attend the 94th Annual Dinner, we would like to share with you a slideshow recap of 2015. The slideshow features photos, starting with the 2014 Annual Dinner, and highlights all of the association’s major events throughout the year. It also recognizes our 2015 Performance Improvement and President’s Leadership Award winners and features SOCMA’s donation to 2015 American Chemical Society Scholar Matthew Ferguson.
  2. American Pacific Receives National Performance Improvement Honor

    Cedar City, Utah, December 9, 2015, American Pacific (AMPAC Specialty Chemicals) is pleased to announce it has been recognized for exemplary efforts in improving its environmental, health, safety and security by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), a trade association representing specialty chemical manufacturers.
  3. SOCMA’s Commitment to Operational Excellence Begins with Inaugural Regional Meeting

    SOCMA, in conjunction with the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) and the Color Pigments Manufacturers Association (CPMA), hosted its first regional meeting to assist members with workforce development and various plant operations issues, November 4, in the Cleveland area with more than 20 attendees. These meetings are exclusively designed to help our member companies improve operational excellence at their facilities, a concept initially discussed by the SOCMA Board of Governors more than a year ago.
  4. Under Threat of Rail Transport Cessation, Will Congress Act in Time to Keep Chemical Shipments on Track?

    First the good news. This week Congressional lawmakers agreed on a deal to extend the December 31st deadline by which freight rail companies must implement Positive Train Control (PTC). The extension could be anywhere between three to five years and under certain conditions. The length of the extension is consistent with SOCMA’s official position, reinforced by a unanimous vote of the Board of Governors last month.
  5. Commercializing Innovation: Don’t Get Tricked into Delusions of Grandeur

    The mind is a complex organization. It has a knack for turning chaos into order, forming patterns out of seemingly nothing, and jumping to conclusions in the absence of data. So, when you are embarking on your grand plan to market “the next big thing,” take time to “plan to learn,” as articulated by Rita Gunther McGrath Ph.D., a professor at Columbia Business School who’s known as one of the world’s top experts on strategy and innovation.
  6. SOCMA’s Committee Week a Great Opportunity to Meet Key Federal Agency Officials

    There are few chances throughout the year where we can meet face-to-face with federal agency officials to discuss issues important to our company and industry. SOCMA’s Annual Committee Week affords us that opportunity. Once again, SOCMA members, like me, will make their way to Washington, D.C., October 5-8, to meet with key Obama administration officials and help our committees make plans for the coming year.
  7. Key Obama Administration Officials to Speak at SOCMA's Committee Week

    Two key Obama administration officials, Vanessa Sutherland, new chair of the Chemical Safety Board, and Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor, the second in command at OSHA, are heading up an already impressive list of speakers for SOCMA's Committee Week, October 5-8.
  8. SOCMA Golf Tournament Benefits Chemical Innovators of the Future

    Some of us are old enough to remember that “Better Things for Better Living…Through Chemistry” was DuPont’s advertising slogan from 1935-1982. The director of advertising at the time said it was intended to change opinions about the role of business in society by addressing fears based on emotional, rather than rational, foundations. This is a challenge those of us in the chemical enterprise continue to address today.
  9. SOCMA Member McGean: ChemStewards Significantly Improved Company’s EHS&S Performance

    For the past 10 years, ChemStewards® has helped McGean and other SOCMA member facilities manage and significantly improve their environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) programs. Implementing the program has helped us build customer confidence, community trust and strengthen product stewardship throughout our supply chain.
  10. GDUFA Reauthorization: Time to Make Adjustments

    One of life’s certainties is that things don’t always go according to plan. SOCMA’s Bulk Pharmaceuticals Task Force (BPTF) and other industry stakeholders worked for several months to negotiate the original Generic Drug User Fee Act (GDUFA). Ideas were shared, resources were estimated, commitments were made, and finally, an act of Congress made it the law.

  11. The Demographic Crossroads – Interesting Insights into America’s Future

    When most of us think about what will have the greatest impact on our future, we first think about money. And over the past decade, we have heard economists give us varying reports ranging from gloom and doom to hopeful optimism. Very few times do we stop and think about how the number of children being born, or not being born, in various countries will impact what’s to come for our nation and the world.
  12. SOCMA President Delivers Opening Remarks at 2015 Security Summit

    Alexandria, VA - Good morning and welcome to the Ninth Annual Chemical Sector Security Summit hosted jointly by the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  I am pleased to once again open this outstanding forum where the federal government and the private sector convene and engage in constructive dialog on the needs of chemical safety and security.  Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to join us for what will certainly be informative panel discussions and presentations over the next two days. 
  13. CFATS–Hitting Its Stride

    I would like to start by thanking SOCMA for the opportunity to reach its David Wulf, DHS Directormembership of specialty chemical manufacturers, a segment of the population regulated by the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program that—along with SOCMA—has been very supportive of promoting chemical security across the Nation.
  14. California – 800-Pound Gorilla of TSCA Reform – Overwhelmingly Supports TSCA Modernization Act

    Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform may soon become a reality if the House of Representatives’ easy passage of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2576) is any indication. The House bill was passed in an incredible 398-1 vote on June 23, an impressive achievement given the contentious subject and in a highly partisan House of Representatives.
  15. The $750 Million House Rule and Why Congress Needs to Get Rid of It

    It’s been 900 days since Congress imposed one of the largest tax hikes on America’s job creators in recently memory. On January 1, 2013, American manufacturers rang in the New Year facing a whopping $750 million tax on imported raw materials for which there is no domestic producer.
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