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SOCMA announces award winners

By Chemical Engineering |

More than 28 member facilities will receive 2014 Performance Improvement Awards for their outstanding commitment to continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) practices at the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) 93rd Annual Dinner on December 8 in New York.

The number of applicants for this year’s awards was an all-time high for the Performance Improvement program. An outstanding group of companies has emerged from a month-long, double-blind selection process to receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze Performance Improvement Award for their successful EHS&S efforts. Educational Outreach and Sustainability Awards will be issued as well.

The 2014 Gold Performance Improvement Award goes to Baker Hughes Inc.’s Kilgore Blend Plant and Houston Blend Plant for their respective efforts in exceeding all standards set forth in the ChemStewards program.

Silver Performance Improvement Awards will be presented to 15 facilities showing excellence in 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.

Twenty five facilities will receive the Bronze Performance Improvement Award, which recognizes facilities maintaining strong EHS&S programs. A complete listing of award winners can be found on the SOCMA website, www.socma.org.

This year’s Educational Outreach Award goes to Monument Chemical. The breadth of Monument’s science education outreach efforts particularly stood out to award sponsor the Chemical Educational Foundation. In 2014, Monument volunteered at the MacDonald Intermediate School “STEMposium” in Ft. Knox, Ky., provided local teachers with free hands-on STEM activities, and sponsored the You Be The Chemist Challenge at the local, state and national levels.

Fairmount Santrol’s Alpha Resins will be honored for the second year in a row with the ChemStewards Sustainability Award. The sustainable development culture reaches deep at Alpha Resins, and the company strives to nourish a stronger, more prosperous future for the company and surrounding communities. Alpha Resins sets specific goals and metrics to monitor sustainability. Their efforts have yielded — among other successes — an 84% reduction in landfill waste and methods to reuse solvents that have resulted in significant savings.

Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates www.socma.org

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