SOCMA Announces Winners of 2009 Performance Improvement Awards

Record Number of Applicants Vie for Awards

November 12, 2009

Media Contact:
Christine Sanchez
Manager, Public Relations & Media
(202) 721-4182
Washington, DC – The The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Performance Improvement Awards, sponsored by SOCMA’s ChemStewards® program.  This year, a record number of member facilities applied for the awards which recognize outstanding commitment to continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) practices.

Recipients earned awards in four categories: Gold, Silver, Bronze and Educational Outreach Awards, and will be publicly recognized during SOCMA’s Annual Dinner on December 7, 2009 in New York.

The 2009 Gold Performance Improvement Award will be given to Baker Hughes Incorporated, Rayne, Louisiana, for exceptional and aggressive performance improvement in all five of the core principles of the ChemStewards® program.

“We congratulate this year’s Performance Improvement winners and commend them for their hard work and dedication to continuous improvement,” said Joe Acker, President of SOCMA.

“The attributes and level of achievements presented by this year’s applicants were extremely impressive, making the competition that much tougher,” Acker said, adding that increased recognition of the ChemStewards® program within the chemical industry and regulatory agencies has made the awards more prestigious.

A total of fifteen Silver Awards will be presented to facilities showing excellence in their efforts towards one of the five ChemStewards® Core Principles: Stakeholder Communications, Product Stewardship, EHS&S in Planning and Operations, Employee Training and Engagement, and Resource Management and Waste Minimization.

Additionally, ten SOCMA member facilities will be awarded with the Bronze Performance Improvement Award, which goes to facilities maintaining strong EHS&S programs. SOCMA will also honor KMCO, LP with the association’s Educational Outreach Award, which is sponsored by the Chemical Educational Foundation. The company made exemplary efforts in expanding their school and community outreach efforts.

Award winners will be available for interviews during the event. Please contact SOCMA for arrangements. (Reporters are invited to attend. Details below.)
Annual Dinner:
Over 500 of the chemical industry’s top executives networking with old and new friends, as well as entertaining customers to show their appreciation for the year’s business. 

ChemStewards® Reception: An intimate reception celebrating winners of the Performance Improvement Awards who demonstrated a commitment to excellent environment, community safety and health standards for the year.
Registration fee for both the dinner and reception is waived for credentialed press. 
Monday, December 7, 2009

New York Marriott Marquis Times Square
1535 Broadway 
New York, NY 10036

Reservations: 1-800-843-4898 / (212) 704-8700 
Christine Sanchez or (202)721-4182 


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

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