2017 Annual Conference Highlights

The Michigan Chemistry Council's Annual Conference & Legislative Reception was held on Tuesday, October 17th at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing. Over 95 representatives from MCC member companies gathered to celebrate 50 years of the Michigan Chemistry Council, hear from fantastic keynote speakers, and participate in valuable breakout sessions and networking opportunities.

Please click here for the speakers' presentations.

Governor  Snyder Delivers Keynote and Presents Tribute to the MCC

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder provided a morning keynote and recognized the important role of Michigan's business of chemistry. He also challenged attendees to help grow the industry and the state's economy through innovation and workforce development. 

Finally, Governor Snyder presented the Michigan Chemistry Council with a tribute on the MCC's 50th Anniversary.

Deborah Mielewski inspires attendees with Ford's materials sustainability

The program began with Ford's Deborah Mielewski sharing about Ford Motor Company's work to develop viable bio-based materials for its North American automobiles. Working with its suppliers, Debbie's team developed the chemistry to help make these sustainable materials a reality in the company's iconic vehicles like the Mustang.


ACC's Cal Dooley Touts Significance and Comeback of America's Chemical Industry

American Chemistry Council President and CEO Cal Dooley joined the MCC to share how the U.S. chemical industry is driving a domestic manufacturing renaissance. Through the benefits of competitive shale gas, the industry is leading industrial investment and re-shoring, bringing jobs to Michigan with a particular benefit for plastics processors. The ACC is working with groups like the MCC to continue to promote the industry and responsible policies.

MCC Recognizes Founder Bill Hartman on 50th Anniversary

As the MCC celebrated its 50th Anniversary, a very special recognition was given to Bill Hartman, one of the MCC's original founding members and a board member of the MCC for over 20 years. Mr. Hartman gave brief remarks to acknowledge the occasion and inspire attendees to work collaboratively through groups like the MCC.

Afternoon Breakouts Dive Deep into Technical Issues and Chemistry-Community Relations

During the afternoon, separate breakout sessions focused on both technical issues, and a general discussion of chemistry-community relations.

One topic of interest for the industry is the Vapor Intrusion pathway for contaminated sites, and how Michigan's new cleanup criteria rules consider this issue.

Another group had a great roundtable discussion on how chemistry companies can effectively work with their communities to achieve positive and productive relationships.

MCC Elects New Members to Board of Directors

During the annual membership meeting, the MCC approved changes to its organizational articles of incorporation (after 50 years!) and its bylaws.

The MCC elected new members to its board of directors to oversee the organization's work.

Please click here for more information on MCC's board of directors.

MDEQ Leadership Shares Annual Priorities

The MCC was again privileged to hear from all of the MDEQ's leadership to get an update on the department's annual priorities.

MDEQ Director Heidi Grether, and Deputy Directors Michael McClellan, Sue Leeming, and Amy Epkey talked about the department's broad goals. Additionally, division directors or deputies talked about individual division priorities in areas like air, water, waste, remediation, and drinking water.

Legislative Reception Brings Together Attendees and State Policymakers

Finally, the MCC's traditional legislative reception allowed attendees to mingle with department staff, state legislators and staff, friends of the industry, and each other. It was a great end to a full and lively conference!

2017 Annual Conference Presentations

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