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More SOCMA Member Facilities Qualify for ChemStewards' Highest Ranking

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2009

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Christine Sanchez
Manager, Public Relations & Media
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Washington, DC –The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today congratulated eight more member facilities for surpassing key hemStewards® benchmarks and qualifying for the program’s highest ranking, known as the Excellence Tier. To date, 15 facilities have already received this distinction in only the program’s first year with fully certified facilities.

The latest certified facilities to achieve this advanced level are:

  • Baker Petrolite Corp. (Houston, TX Plant)
  • Baker Petrolite Corp. (Pasadena, TX Plant)
  • Baker Petrolite Corp. (Rayne, LA Plant)
  • McGean Inc. (Livonia, MI Plant)
  • Strem Chemicals, Inc. (Newburyport, MA Plant)
  • Sun Chemical Corporation (Bushy Park - Goose Creek, SC Plant)
  • Sun Chemical Corporation (Color Intermediates - Cincinnati, OH Plant)
  • Synthetech, Inc. (Albany, OR Plant)

“These member facilities are paving the path to a higher industry standard for EHS&S and we commend them on their success,” said Joseph Acker, SOCMA President and CEO.  “The fact that the ChemStewards® program is celebrating its first year with fully certified facilities makes their achievement all the more significant.”

Acker added that approximately 95 percent of the first cycle audit class, including the facilities above, are already certified with the remainder expected to achieve certification by the end of the year.

ChemStewards® is an industry-developed Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S) program designed for the batch, custom and specialty chemicals industry.  It is based on a three-tier system with key performance requirements per tier with increasingly levels of difficulty. Tier one is known as Fundamental and tier two is Enhanced Performance – the standard tier for ChemStewards® participants. To qualify for Excellence, or tier three, facilities must sign core principles, complete security requirements, meet specific metrics obligations and requirements, have one documented management review meeting, and complete a third-party verification of management systems at the Enhanced Performance level.

To maintain their ranking, facilities must sustain EHS&S performance metrics at or above the Excellence criteria.

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SOCMA is the leading trade association, serving the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry since 1921. SOCMA’s nearly 300 members employ more than 100,000 workers across the country and produce 50,000 products valued at $60 billion annually. For more information please visit www.socma.com.

ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program.  ChemStewards was created from industry’s commitment to reducing the environmental footprint left by member’s facilities.  Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance.  To learn more visit www.chemstewards.com.


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