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SOCMA Announces Winners of 2010 Performance Improvement Awards

Three Facilities Win Top Prize

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 30, 2010

Media Contact:
Christine Sanchez
Manager, Public Relations & Media
(202) 721-4182
sanchezc@socma.com

Washington, DC – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today announced the winners of the 2010 Performance Improvement Awards, recognizing more than 25 member facilities for their outstanding commitment to continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) practices. Nearly 75 percent of eligible member companies competed for the top prize, the Gold Award, raising the standard of this year’s competition sponsored by SOCMA’s ChemStewards® program.

Recipients earned awards in four categories – Gold, Silver, Bronze and Educational Outreach Award – and will be recognized during SOCMA’s Annual Dinner on December 6 in New York.

The 2010 Gold Performance Improvement Award will be given to three facilities: Baker Hughes’ Rayne, LA and Sands Springs, OK, facilities and Synthetech’s plant in Albany, OR, for exceptional and aggressive performance improvement in all five of the core principles of ChemStewards®. 

“We commend all of this year’s winners for their hard work and look forward to recognizing their achievements in New York next week,” said SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan.

“The continued increase in the number of applicants, coupled with the level of achievements presented by members, speaks to the growing success of SOCMA’s ChemStewards® program which is now in its fifth year,” continued Sloan.

Sloan added that 40 percent of applicants also voluntarily provided information on their activities in the areas of green and sustainable chemistry. SOCMA is working to integrate a “green metric” into the ChemStewards® program, which it plans to roll out next year.

A total of 17 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 ChemDesign Products and McGean with the association’s Educational Outreach Award, which is sponsored by the Chemical Educational Foundation. Both companies made exemplary efforts in expanding their school and community outreach efforts.

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About SOCMA
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 more than 200 companies. In the US, members employ more than 100,000 workers across the country and produce 50,000 products valued at $60 billion annually. For more information on our services and products, 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 our environmental footprint.  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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