Optima Chemical Awarded National Performance Improvement Gold Award

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Receives Association’s Highest Honor

Douglas, GA Optima Chemical Group LLC is pleased to announce it has received the Gold
Performance Improvement Award for exemplary efforts in improving environmental, health, safety
and security (EHS&S) by the
Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), the leading
trade association representing specialty and fine chemical manufacturers and service providers.

Optima Chemical is a longtime participant of SOCMA’s
ChemStewards®, a rigorous and innovative
program that promotes ongoing facility efforts in areas of environmental, health, safety and
security.


Stewart Fletcher, Optima Chemicals Operations Manager, received the Gold
Performance
Improvement Award
on behalf of the company during SOCMA’s virtual Annual Meeting on
December 14. The Optima Chemical team will also be recognized in person at SOCMA’s
Specialty &
Custom Chemicals Show
, February 28March 2, in Fort Worth, TX.

Performance Improvement Awards judges were impressed by Optima Chemical’s efforts toward
increased efficiencies and optimization, noting the facility’s ongoing demonstration of excellence and
determination to strengthen EHS&S programs that exceed industry standards. Optima’s involvement
in the Douglas, GA, community also stood out to the judges. The Optima team is working handin
hand with local business leaders to resolve labor challenges, including building curriculum and
continuing education to help prepare future generations of people entering the workforce.


Over the past year, the Optima team underwent extensive reviews of procedures, adapting more
effective and transparent levels of safety standards, risk evaluation and hazard analyses,” said Gene
Williams, President of Optima Chemical. We are extremely proud to have our hard work and
persistence recognized by SOCMA in receiving this highest honor of the Gold Performance
Improvement Award.”


We congratulate Optima Chemical and its strong team for their unwavering commitment to
improving environmental, health and safety efforts,” said SOCMA President & CEO Jennifer Abril.
We look forward to Optima’s continued participation in
ChemStewards®, where there is a solid
platform to learn from each other and share best practices that will build customer confidence,
community trust and strengthen 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.
www.socma.org

Optima Chemical Selected as Recipient of Seven Seals Award

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Optima has just been selected as the recipient of the Seven Seals Award, which is an award given to the selected employer for supporting the National Guard and Reserve Component Service Members. We have had several past employees who were in the National Guard, and Optima worked with them to accommodate their schedules when they were called out on duty. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has chosen us as the Employer who most exemplifies the qualities of a Supportive Employer.

Chemicals America – Feb 10th to 13th – Fort Worth, TX

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For the first time, the Specialty & Custom Chemicals America trade show is partnering with SOCMA for an inaugural event offering business networking to both SOCMA members and the broader specialty and industrial chemical industry a focused meeting forum and opportunity for business networking. This event is a complement to the main July trade show, Specialty & Agro Chemicals America.

Meet the Optima Chemical team at Chemicals America in Fort Worth.

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About Optima Chemical

Optima Chemical is a full-service Chemical company with the infrastructure to take ideas and turn them into delivered products and solutions. We have an engineering skill set that enables us to manufacture high energy and high hazard, sensitive chemistry safely at large scale, and two US based manufacturing plants where we manufacture products for our partners, as well as manufacturing our own products such as grignard reagents and providing toll manufacturing services. Underpinning all of this is a culture of safety, service and flexibility.

Optima Chemical Group LLC Receives National Performance Improvement Honor

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Company Recognized for Outstanding Efforts in Product Stewardship

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

 

Optima Chemical participates in SOCMA’s ChemStewards® program that has for 13 years encouraged and recognized companies for operating their facilities in an environment that promotes safety and environmental compliance to all stakeholders.

 

Optima Chemical President Gene Williams accepted the Silver Performance Improvement Award in Product Stewardship during a ceremony at SOCMA Week in New Orleans on December 5.

 

The judges were impressed particularly with Optima’s development of a detailed HSE Assessment Survey covering every step of processing. Optima’s EHS&S team is also involved in each step of new product development, from testing through the approval process, and all potential products undergo a very detailed risk review. Optima’s assessment program provided significant details that illustrates their commitment to safety and environmental stewardship. The company has also developed a more robust incident tracking system to ensure all incidents/near misses are reported and investigated.

 

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

 

“Optima Chemical Group has truly made steadfast efforts to provide a safe work environment for their employees and has fully embraced EHS&S excellence,” said SOCMA President & CEO Jennifer Abril. “We commend the Optima Chemical team for setting a standard that companies in the specialty industry can learn from and emulate as they build and strengthen their own EHS&S programs. We are honored to have them as a dedicated member of ChemStewards, which provides a platform where colleagues in the industry can 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. www.socma.com.

About Optima Chemical

Optima Chemical is a full-service Chemical company with the infrastructure to take ideas and turn them into delivered products and solutions. We have an engineering skill set that enables us to manufacture high energy and high hazard, sensitive chemistry safely at large scale, and two US based manufacturing plants where we manufacture products for our partners, as well as manufacturing our own products such as boronic acids. Underpinning all of this is a culture of safety, service and flexibility.

Optima Chemical Has Been Committed To Boronic Acid Research For Over 20 Years

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At Optima Chemical, we’ve always understood the powerful chemical potential of boronic acids. As stated in the introduction to a paper published in July of 2019 in the Science Advances publication from the AAAS, “Boron plays an exquisite role in synthetic chemistry, with boronic acids and their esters of paramount importance to all facets of chemical science.” That’s why we’ve become a leading US supplier of boronic acids.

This wasn’t always the case. It was only in 1979 that Dr. Akira Suzuki discovered that coupling boronic acids with an organohalide catalyzed by a palladium(0) complex would unlock the potential of this element. As the paper further mentions, Dr. Suzuki is the scientist behind “the introduction of the Pd-catalyzed C─C Suzuki-Miyaura couplings that brought boronate esters into vogue, the boronic acids moiety has become a very important functional group.”

Dr. Suzuki’s work with boronic acids awarded him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010 along with fellow scientists Richard F. Heck and Ei-ichi Negishi. Here at Optima Chemical, we knew Dr. Suzuki’s work was revolutionary, and that’s why in 2001 — a decade before his Nobel prize — Optima Chemical invited him to tour our facility (pictured above), and share with our staff the cross-coupling reactions of organoboron compounds.

We pride ourselves in being leaders in specialty chemical manufacturing, and we are committed to seeking out new science so that we can continue to manufacture the highest quality boronic acids to better serve our customers. Today, we sell over 300 varieties of boronic acids.

About Optima Chemical

Optima Chemical is a full-service Chemical company with the infrastructure to take ideas and turn them into delivered products and solutions. We have an engineering skill set that enables us to manufacture high energy and high hazard, sensitive chemistry safely at large scale, and two US based manufacturing plants where we manufacture products for our partners, as well as manufacturing our own products such as boronic acids. Underpinning all of this is a culture of safety, service and flexibility.

2019 Trade Show Schedule

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Optima Chemical Group is proud to be attending the following trade events this year: Chemical Americas Show, Dallas Feb. 11 – 14 CPhI North America, Chicago April 30 – May…

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