American Chemistry Council targets small firms, adds 5 members

08 June 2010 20:11  [Source: ICIS news]

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (ICIS news)--The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has added five companies to its membership as a result of its initiative to appeal to smaller firms, the trade group announced on Tuesday at its 2010 annual meeting.

“A broad and united industry base enhances our collective advocacy efforts, and our improved performance through Responsible Care brings credibility to our regulatory and legislative debates in global, national and state arenas,” said ACC president and CEO Cal Dooley.

“These new members and partners represent our commitment to helping small and medium-sized companies work alongside their peers to engage on the critical issues affecting our industry, our environment, and our society,” he added.

The five new ACC members are ASHTA Chemicals of Ashtabula, Ohio; Miwon Commercial of Dowington, Pennsylvania; Modular Genetics of Cambridge, Massachussetts; United Initiators of Elyria, Ohio; and OPX Biotechnologies of Boulder, Colorado.

With these additions, the ACC has added 10 new members in 2010, bringing membership to 143 companies.

The ACC announced in December 2009 that it would aim to bring small-to-medium size companies into the fold with its new initiative.

The initiative provided incentives for smaller companies to join ACC by offering three years of dues relief, pre-membership readiness assessments, and mentoring, benchmarking and regional support to aid in the implementation of the Responsible Care environmental, health, safety and security programme.

The ACC also said it added six Responsible Care partner companies: CH Robinson Worldwide of Chicago, Illinois; Expeditors International of Edison, New Jersey; Grupo Transmerquim of San Jose, Costa Rica; Martin Transport of Kilgore, Texas; Tankstar USA of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Transportation Consultants of Harahan, Louisiana.

The Responsible Care partnership programme encompasses customers, carriers, distributors and others, holding them to the same principles and commitments as ACC’s own manufacturing members, the group said.

The ACC has added seven Responsible Care partners in 2010, bringing membership there to 80 companies.

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