Brian Westmoreland Named Customer Service Coordinator At InChem

brian-westmorelandBrian Westmoreland, an Army veteran with more than 20 years experience in customer service and supply chain management, has been named the new customer service coordinator for InChem Corp. based in the Rock Hill, S.C., facility.

“Brian will be supporting account requirements and relationships with key customers by way of creating an environment for improving responsiveness,” said Jon McCracken, chief operating officer of InChem.

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InChem Blood Drive Collects 13 Units To Help 39 Lives

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Joe Mollric donates

InChem’s blood drive on July 21 was a huge success.  InChem team members gave 13 units to the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas, which can and will help up to 39 lives in our community.

“The staff was fantastic and the blood drive went very smoothly,” said Robin Bramblett, Human Resources Manager.  “I have employees already asking to do another drive.”

InChem Receives Gold Award From Charlotte Water For Water Management Program

InChemEnvironmentalAward-CItyofCLT-2015InChem has received a Gold award from Charlotte Water, which is the highest a company can receive as a new industry in the awards competition.  InChem is also eligible to reach the Platinum level in its fifth consecutive year of Gold.

Charlotte Water, formerly known as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department (CMUD), is the largest water utility in the Carolinas, with over 833,000 customers.

“InChem is proud to receive this award for operations of our new Charlotte plant,” said InChem President Steve Crownshaw. “Health, safety and environmental protection are top priorities for us, and we take water and environmental stewardship very seriously.”

The three award tiers are as follows:

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InChem Sells Phenoxy Resins Business To Gabriel Performance Products

InChem USA Holdings, a U.S.-based custom and toll chemical manufacturing company, sold its proprietary Phenoxy Resins® business to specialty chemicals company Gabriel Performance Products effective Dec. 31, 2015.

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Phenoxy Resin Pellets

Based in Rock Hill, SC, InChem has been the leading manufacturer of Phenoxy Resins®, which are distinguished by their clear, tough and flexible characteristics. Phenoxy Resins are used in coatings, inks, composites, tires, carbon fibers, and numerous other products. The Phenoxy Resin product line includes solid resins in pellet and powder form, waterborne, and solvent solutions. These products are sold both directly and through distributors to customers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

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InChem Celebrates 4,000 Days Without A Lost Work Day

InChem Corp. celebrated 4,000 days without a lost work day on May 30, 2014, with an outdoor barbecue picnic at the Rock Hill facility for all InChem staff.

“No ‘lost work days’ means no injuries that would warrant an employee having to miss work,” explained Bill Finch, VP of Human Services for InChem Group. “A major reason for this is our pre-activity planning process which we launched 10 years ago to maximize safety here.”

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Jon McCracken Named To New Position: Chief Operating Officer

jon-mccracken-105pixJon McCracken, a highly experienced and certified manufacturing executive, has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) of InChem Corp., a custom and toll chemical manufacturer based in Rock Hill, S.C.

Jon was previously Global Operations Director for a major coatings manufacturer, where he was responsible for several industrial operations worldwide. In addition, he has extensive acquisition experience, which includes integration of companies, and has served in establishing supply-chain organizations for supporting business functions such as asset utilization, procurement and demand planning/scheduling.

“As our company continues to grow nationally and internationally, including operations of three manufacturing plants in the Carolinas, we believe Jon can be a very valuable asset for our management team,” said Steve Crownshaw, InChem President. “We created this new position of COO to utilize his experience and capabilities.”

Jon attended Washburn University majoring in mechanical engineering. He has extensive American Management Association certifications in project management, supply-chain and leadership management. He also is a certified Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt.

 

InChem Announces Major Charlotte Plant Purchase

Charlotte-aerial-plant-330pInChem is continuing the expansion of its custom and toll chemical manufacturing operations with the purchase of its third chemical manufacturing site in the Carolinas, including a major investment commitment in plant, real estate and equipment, and creating 40 new jobs over the next three years.

The company’s new site is located at 12345 Steele Creek Road in Charlotte, N.C. “Plans are already underway to install significant additional reaction capacity,” said Steve Crownshaw, InChem President. “Planned investments include hot oil heated, continuously-stirred reactors; wiped film evaporation systems; solids separation and handling; and a new glass-lined reactor system. In addition, several small scale manufacturing systems will be relocated to the new site to create a state-of-the-art pilot and scale-up facility. This is a strategic investment that will help meet the growing needs of our expanding customer base.”

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InChem Corp. Sponsors Junior Achievement Golf Tournament

InChem Corp. was a corporate sponsor of the Junior Achievement Annual Fall Golf Classic held Oct. 11 at the Tega Cay Golf Course in Tega Cay. A total of 19 teams and 73 golfers spent a beautiful day golfing and supporting JA programs.

Junior Achievement gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic choices.  The funds raised help provide relevant, hands-on experiences to local students in kindergarten through high school, giving them essential skills in financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.

“We are pleased to sponsor this event benefitting Junior Achievement,” said Steve Crownshaw, President of InChem Corp. “JA is educating tomorrow’s leaders with a positive attitude toward business and a responsible lifestyle.”

The funds raised during this event will allow JA serving the Catawba Region to serve 500 students throughout Chester, Lancaster and York Counties, helping JA reach their goal of 5,500 students for the 2013-2014 school year.

Holographic Greeter “Molly Cool” Is Big Hit At InChem Trade Show Booth

“Molly Cool,” an amazing Holographic Greeter from the future, joined the InChem team in its trade show booth at the Chemicals America Specialty & Agro show in Wilmington, NC, in early September 2013.

“Molly” is a lifesize holographic projection that tells visitors all about InChem in 2 minutes or less. Here is a video of what she looks like (taken in the studio before the show); just click on the play button:

“Molly Cool” (named for “molecule” – get it?) is believed to be the first Holographic Greeter ever employed at a trade show event by a U.S. chemical company. In addition to holding a short InChem slide show in her hands, she also demonstrates agitation and pump equipment as well as pelletized products such as InChem makes. The pellets appear to fall down in front of her, and so for added impact granular pellets were scattered on the floor at her feet.

“The vast majority of visitors to our booth thought Molly was great, and they listened to what she had to say,” said InChem President Steve Crownshaw, who dreamed up the “Greeter” after seeing another version in the Charlotte area. “In fact our little 8X8 foot booth got pretty crowded at times. The technology is very intriguing, so we had plenty of scientists trying to figure out how she worked. A couple admitted it was a little creepy, because it is a little like having an apparition speaking in front of you. But Molly was very cheerful and we truly enjoyed having her with us. We feel we got some new business leads we would not have gotten otherwise, because practically everyone at the show came to our booth. It demonstrated our innovation and our ability to think outside the box.”

InChem Recognized For Outstanding Safety in 2012 by S.C.

InChem Corp. has been recognized as one of the leading companies in South Carolina for outstanding safety records by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation’s (LLR) 2012 Safety Achievement Awards program. The program recognizes companies’ efforts to reduce recordable occupational injuries and illnesses of their workers during the past year.

Only 24 companies throughout the state received this award. And InChem was one of only 12 with 1 million or more work hours without a lost-time injury or work-related illness. InChem’s total was 1.64 million work hours.

“The safety of our workforce is one of our very highest priorities,” said Steve Crownshaw, president of InChem. “This recognition is due to the hard work and diligence of all our people day in and day out, taking care to do things the right way.”

LLR’s 2012 Safety Awards program recognizes companies which reduced and/or eliminated OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recordable injuries and illnesses between 2011 and 2012. The awards also awarded companies that worked at least 1 million hours without a lost-time accident. Companies must have 100 or more employees to be eligible for the awards.