Vertellus and Palmer Holland Expand Distribution Relationship

 

CLEVELAND, OH – September 19, 2016 – Vertellus and Palmer Holland have expanded their strategic relationship to better serve the CASE (coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers) and lubricant markets.

The agreement, effective October 1, 2016, expands Palmer Holland’s territory to include the eastern states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia as well as Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. Palmer Holland currently distributes Vertellus’ castor and castor-based polyols and derivatives throughout the Midwest and Southeast.  


This change will position Vertellus to more effectively and efficiently meet the needs of customers and stakeholders.  Please contact Palmer Holland directly for orders or for more information at 800-635-4822.

 

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About Vertellus
Vertellus is a global specialty chemicals company focused on the manufacture of ingredients used in pharmaceuticals, personal care, nutrition, agriculture, and a host of other market areas affected by trends favoring “green” technologies and chemistries. Vertellus is the #1 global producer of pyridine and picolines, specialty pyridine derivatives, DEET, castor oil derivatives and systems, and a world leader in vitamin B3, citrate polymer additives and systems as well as a leader in custom manufacturing of agriculture and pharma intermediates and actives. Vertellus benefits from a technically advanced global manufacturing base and has over 1,000 employees. Vertellus is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Visit www.vertellus.com for more information.

 

President Obama Signs TSCA Reform Legislation

From NACD ChemBytes:

(June 22, 2016)  President Obama signed H.R. 2576, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act that reforms the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The reform bill, which overhauls our nation's chemical management system, was passed earlier this year by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate with overwhelmingly bipartisan support. NACD will be providing a short summary and transition document for members soon to help them prepare for the near term implementation items. The association thanks all those involved over the years in making this important legislative victory possible.

 

Video courtesy of C-SPAN

 

Ohio You Be the Chemist Champ Nearly Goes the Distance

 

 

On Monday, June 20, 2016, 39 participants from around the country made their way to the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia to compete in the 2016 You Be the Chemist National Challenge.
 
The field was comprised of middle school students from 39 states, including Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, who won their respective state qualifiers to advance to the National Challenge.


This year was Palmer Holland’s fourth year organizing the northeast Ohio local qualifier. We were represented in Philadelphia by our Ohio champion, Tom Schlomi, and represent he did!

 
After 11 increasingly difficult rounds, Tom finished in 2nd place after losing by a single question in a Championship Tiebreaker Round to 13-year-old Jevin Liu.


Along with 2nd place, Tom earned a $5,000 educational scholarship, TI-84 Plus Calculator, National Park Annual Pass, and a chemistry set. Congratulations to Tom, his family, and all the participants in the 2016 National Challenge!

 

Picture (L-R): Sam Kwedder, Tom Schlomi, Sam Metzger, and Charlie Laurie

Chemical Distributors Descend on Capitol Hill to Urge Regulatory Certainty for U.S. Businesses

(ARLINGTON, VA) Members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) are headed to Capitol Hill on May 17 to encourage Congress to reform the regulatory process and provide chemical distributors and other U.S. businesses the regulatory certainty needed to continue as economic engines and job creators. They will also highlight a glitch in the 2016 appropriations bill that could revert the 34-hour restart provision for truckers to rules used more than a decade ago, significantly impacting U.S. commerce.


“NACD members represent businesses of all sizes in all 50 states delivering the chemicals that are the building blocks of our modern world, generating roughly $30 billion in economic output,” said NACD President Eric R. Byer. “The opportunity for our member companies to personally discuss the issues that impact them with their members of Congress is essential.”


During the 2016 Washington Fly-In, more than 90 members will meet with numerous congressional offices as well as with officials from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Office of U.S. Trade Representatives. Attendees will also encourage more members of the U.S. House of Representatives to join the Congressional Chemistry Caucus recently established by Reps. John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL).


This year, NACD celebrates the 25th anniversary of Responsible Distribution, a mandatory, third-party-verified program that establishes a proven framework for the health, safety, environment and security aspects of chemical distribution. As the association celebrates this important milestone, member companies will also convey to their lawmakers the positive impact this program has made over the last quarter-century to keep their employees and surrounding communities safe.


“Our members have proven that they are responsible partners to their suppliers, customers and communities through their participation in Responsible Distribution,” said Byer. “Now, we need to ensure that stakeholders have the ability to provide input on changes to longstanding regulations, and that regulatory actions serve to foster growth and allow businesses to continue providing good paying, locally-focused jobs.”

 

View the original press release here: http://www.nacd.com/media/news/press-release-archive-listing/pr-051716a/