Optima Chemical Group Receives National Performance Improvement Honor

Company Recognized for Employee Training & Engagement

DOUGLAS, GA – Optima Chemical Group is pleased to announce it has been recognized for outstanding efforts in improving environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), the leading trade association representing specialty chemical manufacturers.

Optima Chemical Group participates in SOCMA’s ChemStewards® program, which encourages companies to operate their facilities in an environment that promotes safety and environmental compliance to all stakeholders.

Optima Chemical Group accepted the Silver Performance Improvement Award at SOCMA’s 97th Annual Dinner & Meeting on December 10 in New York City.Company President, Gene Williams, accepted the award on behalf of the company at the awards dinner.

The Performance Improvement Awards judges recognized Optima Chemical’s robust employee training program that involves operators throughout the risk assessment process. The company also implemented SOCMA’s 40-hour online training program by partnering with a local community college. Optima installed a new computer lab onsite that all employees use specifically for this training. And, all operators have successfully completed and passed section tests for the program.

“We are extremely proud of the hard work our employees have done on our EHS&S program. This award reflects our commitment to constant improvement for our products, our workers and our neighbors in the community,” said Williams.

“As specialty and fine chemical manufacturers, we understand that maintaining a safe environment for your staff and community is not an easy task,” said SOCMA President & CEO Jennifer Abril. “It takes time, buy-in from both employees and leadership, and resources to achieve your goals. We congratulate Optima and its employees for their commitment to strengthening their environmental, health and safety efforts, with emphasis on employee training and engagement. We look forward to Optima’s continued participation in ChemStewards, where there is a platform to learn from each other and share best practices that will assist them in building customer confidence, community trust, and strengthening product stewardship throughout the value chain.”

About SOCMA

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) is part of a $300 billion industry that’s fueling the U.S. economy. Our members play an indispensable role in the global chemical supply chain, providing specialty chemicals to companies in markets ranging from aerospace and electronics to pharmaceuticals and agriculture. www.socma.com.