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Chemical Manufacturing Companies Honored for Performance, Commitment to Health and Safety


Contact: Jenny Heumann (202) 249-6520  
Email: Jenny_Heumann@americanchemistry.com

Awards presented at annual Responsible Care® Conference & Expo

Hollywood, Fla. (May 6, 2013) – For the past 25 years, the Responsible Care performance initiative has driven the safe, responsible, sustainable management of chemicals. Today, at the 25th anniversary of Responsible Care, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) is honoring exceptional industry leaders at its 2013 Responsible Care Conference & Expo.

The annual Responsible Care Conference, which highlights the industry’s world-class environmental, health, safety and security performance initiative, provides a forum for industry leaders to learn from their peers and other experts in the field about strategies to improve their companies’ product safety and process safety performance and expand business opportunities.

“I am honored to recognize those companies and individuals that truly embody the Responsible Care ethic,” said Sven Royall, chair of ACC’s Board Committee on Responsible Care and Vice President Global Intermediates at Shell Chemicals. “These companies and individuals are what gives Responsible Care its credibility and strength. They demonstrate the chemical industry’s commitment to sound performance and the health and safety of its workers, its customers, and the communities in which we operate.”

ACC Responsible Care award winners qualify based on exemplary performance, and are selected by a committee made up of internal and external experts. The following awards were presented this morning at the 2013 Responsible Care Conference & Expo:

The Responsible Care Employee of the Year Award is presented to one member and one Partner company employee for outstanding leadership in Responsible Care. This year’s Member Company Employee of the Year Award winner is Ernesto Garza, a mechanic team lead at the Celanese plant in Bishop, Texas. Garza was the lead developer of the Celanese “ICARE” program, established to keep facilities safe and injury-free. With Garza’s leadership, the workgroup for “ICARE” had a decreased injury incident rate of zero and improved performance. Garza’s work exemplifies Celanese’s commitment to safety.

The Partner Company Employee of the Year Award is presented to Gene Patten, Responsible Care coordinator with Dana Transportation Companies, based in East Avenel, N.J. Patten has been the Responsible Care coordinator for Dana Companies since 2008, establishing a long track record of enthusiasm and commitment to Responsible Care. Patten was also part of the Partner Strategic Review Input Team for the past 16 months, supporting the Partner program during the Strategic Review process.

The Responsible Care Partner Award recognizes the superb performance and safety record of companies involved in the distribution, transportation, storage, use, treatment-disposal and/or sales and marketing of chemicals. This year’s Responsible Care Partner Award winners are: Dana Transportation Companies in East Avenel, N.J.; Saia Motor Freight, Inc. based in Johns Creek, Ga., and Schneider Logistics in Green Bay, Wisc.

The Responsible Care Performance Award recognizes those member companies who excelled at helping ACC meet industry-wide safety and product stewardship targets. This year, 34 companies received the Performance Award, including:

  • Afton Chemical Corporation
  • AkzoNobel N.V.
  • Anderson Development Company
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Canexus
  • CHEMTRADE
  • Croda, Inc.
  • Dakota Gasification Company
  • El Dorado, Nitrogen, L.P.
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company
  • FMC Corporation
  • The HallStar Company
  • Halocarbon Products Corporation
  • Infineum USA L.P.
  • Innospec Specialty Chemicals
  • The Lubrizol Corporation
  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Merichem Company
  • Merisol USA LLC
  • Methanex Corporation
  • Milliken Chemical, A Division of Milliken & Company
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC
  • Olin Corporation
  • OMNOVA Solutions, Inc.
  • Perstorp Polyols, Inc.
  • PQ Corporation
  • R. T. Vanderbilt Company, Inc.
  • The Shepherd Chemical Company
  • Solvay NA
  • Stepan Company
  • Taminco
  • Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc.
  • Vertex Chemical Corporation

The Responsible Care Facility Safety Certificate is presented to member companies based on achievements in employee health and safety performance. The following 45 companies received ACC’s 2013 Facility Safety Certificates:

  • 3M
  • American Air Liquide Holdings, LLC
  • AkzoNobel N.V.
  • Albemarle Corporation
  • Arkema Inc.
  • Ashland Inc.
  • BASF Corporation
  • Bayer Corporation
  • Cabot Corporation
  • Carus Corporation
  • Celanese
  • Chemtura
  • Croda, Inc.
  • Dow
  • Dow Corning Corporation
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • El Dorado, Nitrogen, L.P.
  • Evonik Corporation
  • ExxonMobil Chemical Company
  • Ferro Corporation
  • FMC Corporation
  • Honeywell
  • ICL North America
  • Infineum USA L.P.
  • LyondellBasell Industries N.V.
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation
  • MeadWestvaco Corporation
  • Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC
  • Olin Corporation
  • OMNOVA Solutions, Inc.
  • Perstorp Polyols, Inc.
  • PQ Corporation
  • Praxair, Inc.
  • Procter & Gamble, Chemicals Division
  • SABIC
  • Shell Chemicals LP
  • SNF Holding Company
  • Solvay NA
  • Taminco
  • Texas Brine Company, LLC
  • Total Petrochemicals & Refining USA, LC
  • TPC Group
  • Vertex Chemical Corporation
  • W.R. Grace & Co.

Also for the first time this year, ACC is presenting the Waste Minimization, Reuse and Recycling Award to companies with great achievements in the mentioned areas. The following 13 member companies have received recognition in this inaugural year for the award:

  • Afton Chemical Corporation, Waste Minimization and Recycling categories
  • Ashland, Inc., Recycling category
  • Braskem America, Inc., Recycling category
  • Celanese, Beneficial Reuse category
  • Dakota Gasification Company, All Categories
  • Dow, All Categories
  • DuPont, All Categories
  • Eastman Chemical Company, Recycling category
  • Occidental Chemical Corporation, Beneficial Reuse category
  • OMNOVA Solutions, Inc. Beneficial Reuse category
  • SABIC, Beneficial Reuse category
  • WTS, Inc. and SABIC (Joint application), Waste Minimization

For more information on Responsible Care, visit: www.americanchemistry.com/rc.

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