Hexion Wins Seventeen American Chemistry Council (ACC) Responsible Care® Awards
Company recognized for COVID-19 Response, Waste Minimization, Energy Efficiency and Facility Safety
COLUMBUS, Ohio - April 26, 2021 - Hexion Inc., a leading producer of adhesives, coatings and composite resins, has been awarded 17 ACC Responsible Care awards in recognition of its efforts to keep employee health and safety and environmental sustainability at the forefront of its operations. The announcement was made today at the 2021 Responsible Care and Sustainability Virtual Conference and Expo sponsored by the ACC.
Hexion was recognized for its outstanding COVID-19 response company-wide, numerous individual plant successes in waste reduction and energy efficiency, and for safety performance at 13 facilities.
“ACC Responsible Care awards are especially meaningful because they come from a committee of experts in our industry and recognize exceptional performance in environmental, health and safety, commitment to sustainability and sound operational management,” said Craig Rogerson, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “I salute our associates who have gone above and beyond to continuously improve safety and sustainability at our facilities during a very challenging year.”
Hexion was recognized in the following categories for its achievements:
• Outstanding COVID-19 Response Efforts – Beginning with the first reports of the virus, Hexion leadership coordinated with regional managers to implement Environmental Health and Safety practices to protect associates and established a COVID steering committee of senior leaders to ensure appropriate risk management measures, based on local infection rates, around the globe. Manufacturing sites were repurposed to produce approximately 25 metric tons of hand sanitizer for both external and internal use. Throughout the year, Hexion facilities also contributed chemical products or donated personal protective equipment (PPE) wherever possible for COVID-19 relief, as well as providing financial and in-kind contributions to communities.
• Waste Minimization, Reuse and Recycling – Hexion’s Argo, IL site re-engineered its vessel cleaning processes to reduce the amount of cleaning solvent used by 36,000 pounds per year and its waste stream by 5% while maintaining product quality.
• Energy Efficiency – A boiler feedwater recovery effort at Hexion’s Geismar, LA facility resulted in savings of over 10,000 million BTUs of energy and 12 million gallons of water annually, and a net improvement in carbon dioxide impact of 579 metric tons. The Company’s Louisville site was recognized for two initiatives: a 4.8 percent annual reduction in natural gas consumption from improved recovery of waste heat from boilers and a catalytic oxidizer, and installation of variable frequency drives on pumps to improve cooling water tower electric efficiency.
• Facility Safety – 13 Hexion facilities were also recognized for their achievements in employee health and safety including 11 plants which received Certificates of Excellence for meeting the most stringent safety criteria. These sites include Acme, NC; Alexandria, LA; Argo, IL; Baytown, TX; Deer Park, TX; Diboll, TX; Geismar, TX; Hope, AR; Lakeland, FL; Missoula, MT; Moreau, NY; Portland, OR; and Sheboygan, WI.
Responsible Care helps ACC member and partner companies significantly enhance and improve the health and safety performance of their associates and the communities in which they operate. Facilities within Hexion’s global manufacturing network have achieved additional certifications, including ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and ISO 45001 (Health and Safety Management System).
About the Company
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Inc. is a global leader in thermoset resins. Hexion Inc. serves the global adhesive, coatings, composites and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries. Additional information about Hexion Inc., its products and sustainability is available at www.hexion.com.