SOCMA Announces Winners of 2011 Performance Improvement Awards

CorsiTech wins First-Ever Sustainability Award

November 28, 2011

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Washington, DC – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today announced the winners of the 2011 Performance Improvement Awards and its first-ever ChemStewards® Sustainability Award, recognizing more than 25 member facilities for their outstanding commitment to continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) practices.

SOCMA received a record number of applications for the 2011 awards program, and through a month-long, double-blind selection process, the judging committee has named an outstanding group of facilities as recipients of this year’s awards. The judging committee is comprised of four active ChemStewards members, who met throughout the past month to evaluate the applications and make their selections.
Performance Improvement Award Recipients recognized in four categories – Gold, Silver, Bronze and Educational Outreach Award –will be honored, along with the Sustainability Award winner during SOCMA’s Annual Dinner on December 5 in New York.

The 2011 Gold Performance Improvement Award will be given to two facilities: Baker Hughes’ Rayne, LA, facility and W.R. Grace & Co.-Conn. plant in Albany, OR, for exceptional and aggressive performance improvement in all five of the core principles of ChemStewards. Both Baker Hughes and W.R. Grace (formerly Synthetech) were Gold award winners last year, an achievement that speaks volumes for their efforts given the fact that a new group of judges chose them in a blind comparison.

“ChemStewards is becoming stronger and stronger each year as we continue to improve the program and make it more comprehensive,” said SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan. “This past year alone, we added a greenhouse gas metric, and we are providing tools to help our member companies manage their EHS&S activities through the ChemStewards Integrated Management System. Hence, as the program grows and strengthens, so does interest in the awards.”

Fifteen Silver Awards will be presented to facilities showing excellence in their efforts toward 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, 15 SOCMA member facilities will be awarded the Bronze Performance Improvement Award, which goes to facilities maintaining strong EHS&S programs. SOCMA will also honor Strem Chemicals, Inc., 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.

With sustainability efforts continuing to grow within the ChemStewards program, SOCMA understands the importance of recognizing member companies that are striving to reduce their carbon footprint, thus the addition of the Sustainability Award.

ChemStewards® Sustainability Award winner CorsiTech is integrating economic, social and environmental considerations into day-to-day business operations, as well as long-term planning. “Similar to ChemStewards’ commitment to continuous improvement, CorsiTech is improving processes, replacing solvents and improving products by reducing toxicity and emissions,” Sloan said.

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

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. For more information on our services and products, 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 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