Optima receives SOCMA’s Gold Performance Improvement Award

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December 26, 2013

Optima Chemical Receives National Performance Improvement Honor.   SOCMA Recognizes Optima Chemical for Commitment to Improving Environmental, Health, Safety & Security Initiative.

Optima Chemical’s Douglas Georgia facility is pleased to announce it has been recognized for exemplary efforts in improving its environmental, health, safety and security by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates’ (SOCMA).

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

Optima Chemical accepted a Gold Performance Improvement Award at SOCMA’s 92nd Annual Dinner on December 9 in New York City. This is the 1st year Optima’s Douglas plant has received the Gold award. Al Horner, Matthew Stewart, and Kent Smith accepted the award on behalf of the company at the awards dinner.

The Douglas plant was recognized primarily for its successful efforts to identify, evaluate, and address process safety hazards, as well as enhancing existing programs in personnel training and waste minimization.

“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 Gene Williams, Company President.

“In today’s business world it is incumbent upon companies to be good environmental stewards in order to ensure the safety and security of not only their employees but the community in which they live. We congratulate Optima Chemical’s Douglas Georgia plant and its employees on this achievement, and we encourage them to continue these efforts through the ChemStewards performance improvement program,” said SOCMA President Lawrence D. Sloan.

About SOCMA
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 220 companies, which employ more than 46,000 workers in the U.S. alone. The value of the products and services provided by SOCMA members is $24 billion, and the industry’s impact on the U.S. GDP is upwards of $2.9 trillion. For more information on our services and products, please visit www.socma.com.

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 www.chemstewards.com.