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3/23/20 - Michigan’s Chemistry Companies to Continue Essential Critical Operations during COVID-19 Restrictions

LANSING, MI, March 23, 2020 – Michigan’s chemistry companies will continue essential critical operations while the state moves to a “stay at home” mode during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) confirmed today.

“We thank Governor Whitmer for her leadership during this time of great challenge and uncertainty,” said MCC Executive Director John Dulmes. “Public health is of the utmost concern, and the chemical industry plays a key role in helping the COVID-19 response by producing vital goods like materials for personal protective equipment and medical supplies, disinfectants and water treatment chemicals, agricultural inputs, and fuels.”

This key role is confirmed by the federal Department of Homeland Security’s “Guidance on Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19” which specifically recognizes the chemical manufacturing and distribution sector as one of 16 that should continue operations, while following CDC workforce and customer protection guidance. The DHS guidance was the basis for Governor Whitmer’s order that allows essential businesses to continue.

12/9/19 - Michigan Chemistry Council Elects Anderson Development Company's Mark Kramer as President and Corteva’s Steve Gregory as Vice President

LANSING, MI, December 9, 2019 – The Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) announced that its Board of Directors has elected a new President and Vice President to serve as leaders for the association for the two-year term of 2020-21.

Mark Kramer, President and CEO of Anderson Development Company, will serve as the MCC’s President and board chair. Mr. Kramer has been with the company for more than 20 years, and has taken a series of roles with increasing responsibilities, including plant and technical management, business management, sales and research. He now works to grow Anderson Development’s global business from its headquarters and manufacturing site in Adrian. Kramer also serves on the board of the American Chemistry Council, and has been very involved in increasing Anderson’s engagement and support in the local community, including STEM education.

9/17/19 Michigan Chemistry Council Applauds Governor Whitmer’s Recycling Leadership

LANSING, MI, September 17th – The Michigan Chemistry Council today applauded Governor Whitmer for signing an executive directive to expand recycling efforts within state government.

“The business of chemistry is committed to a sustainable environment and a circular economy, particularly for valuable plastics materials,” said Michigan Chemistry Council Executive Director John Dulmes. “Our industry has set the ambitious goal that 100% of plastics packaging is re-used, recycled, or recovered by 2040, and is working with many partners to make this a reality.” 

“We appreciate Governor Whitmer’s actions to ensure that state government is doing everything it can to lead the way on improving recycling rates and reducing contamination. Together with the state’s new recycling education campaign, this directive will help protect our environment and boost our economy.”

The Michigan Chemistry Council, established in 1967, represents Michigan’s chemical manufacturers, formulators and distributors. Chemistry is Michigan’s fifth-largest manufacturing sector, supporting more than 80,000 Michigan jobs and directly impacting more than 96% of all manufactured goods.

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