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      On the road with #ACCaugust – 2015

      During the August recess, our state affairs and political mobilization teams will fan out across the country to create opportunities to further our industry’s advocacy goals in a grassroots initiative we’re calling #ACCaugust. Through plant tours, in-district meetings, and industry roundtable discussions, we will meet with Members of Congress to raise awareness of the vital importance of our industry and showcase the economic benefits of the business of chemistry where it matters the most—in their districts.

      Take the #ACCaugust tour with us! Zoom in and out and pan around to see where we’ve been and where we’re going (don’t forget Alaska!):

      Green=where we’ve been

      Yellow=where we’re going

      Blue=where we’re going after the August recess (We couldn’t fit all the tours in one month!)

      Locations are subject to change

      Plant Tour at Arkema in Louisville, KY, with Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY-03)

      Roundtable at WPPI Energy in Sun Prairie, WI, with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)

      Plant Tour at LyondellBasell in Morris, IL, with State Rep. John Anthony (R-IL-75)


      [quote]We are extremely fortunate to have LyondellBasell, one of the world’s leading manufacturers, located right here in our community. I thoroughly enjoyed touring the facility and witnessing firsthand how this cutting-edge manufacturer continues to provide the building blocks that literally shape the world we live in. –IL State Rep. John Anthony[/quote] [quote]This visit was incredibly beneficial for the representative to meet our great team of employees and learn about LyondellBasell’s commitment to safety and environmental excellence. It also allowed us the opportunity to showcase the importance of our company and this facility to the Morris community. –Brian Angwin, Site Manager, Morris Complex, LyondellBasell[/quote]

      Plant Tour at Solvay in La Porte, TX, with Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36)

      [quote]I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet directly with some of the employees at Solvay’s La Porte plant and getting a firsthand look at the fascinating and innovative work being done there. –Rep. Brian Babin[/quote]

      Plant Tour at BASF in Tarrytown, NY, with Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)

      Plant Tour at PPG in Chester, SC, with Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC-05)


      Plant Tours at Hexion, Nalco, and Marathon in Louisiana, with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)


      [quote]Hexion was honored to have Senator Vitter visit our Norco site today. We appreciate his being there to listen to both our company’s concerns and our associates’ questions. –Paul Barletta, Vice President Global Epoxy Manufacturing, Hexion[/quote]

      Meeting with Sen. Thad Cochran in Jackson, MS

      Meeting with Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen in Des Moines, IA


      Plant Tour at BASF in Malcom, IA, with Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA-1)

      [quote]I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet with the employees at BASF in Malcom and getting to see, firsthand, the great work being done there. –Rep. Rob Blum on BASF in Malcom, IA[/quote]

      Plant Tour at Croda in New Castle, DE, with Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)

      [quote]It was exciting to see how Croda is emerging as a leader in sustainability and safety in the chemical industry,” said U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. “As the Senate goes back into session, I look forward to continuing my work to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in order to make the law effective in protecting public health and the environment, while giving American businesses a reasonable and manageable regulatory framework. –Sen. Tom Carper[/quote]

      Plant Tour at BASF in Suffolk, VA, with Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA-04)

      Economic Alliance of the Houston Ports Conference and Roundtable with Rep. Gene Green (D-TX-29) and Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX-36)

      Plant Tour at BASF in East Setauket, NY, with Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY-1)


      Plant Tour at American Chemet and Roundtable with Montana Chamber of Commerce in in East Helena, MT

      Plant Tours at Praxair, Occidental, and Olin in Niagara Falls, NY, with NY State Sen. Robert Ortt (R-NY-62)

      Roundtable Discussion in Paris, KY, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

      Plant Tour at FMC in Ewing, NJ, with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ-12)

      Plant Tour at Solvay in Winder, GA, with Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA-10)


      Plant Tour at BASF in Amherst, NY, with Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY-26)


      Townhall and Tour at BASF in Wyandotte, MI, with Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI-12)

      Roundtable Discussion in Anchorage, AK, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)


      Plant Tour at SABIC in Wixon, MI, with Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI-11)

      Plant Tour at Celanese in Bishop, TX, with Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27)


      Plant Tour at BASF in Malcom, IA, with Gov. Branstad (R-IA)

      [quote]I was pleased to be able to tour BASF’s facility in Malcom, Iowa. The state of Iowa values BASF’s investment in our state in both Story and Poweshiek counties. I was generally familiar with BASF’s business in the state, but was pleased to learn more about their footprint in both the automotive and construction industries, in addition to the agriculture industry. Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and I have a focus on bringing more high-quality jobs to the state and BASF is a great example of the careers that we’re eager to continue attracting. –Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad[/quote]

      Townhall and Tour at BASF in Wyandotte, MI, with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

      Plant Tour at Dow in Ironton, OH, with Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-06)


      [quote]We need to let our innovators, innovate. –Rep. Bill Johnson on energy regulations[/quote]
      [quote]There’re two major issues we need to address to put America back in the driver’s seat of innovation, regulatory reform and tax reform. –Rep. Bill Johnson[/quote]


      [quote]The technology in Dow Chemical’s STYROFOAM™ is essential to energy efficient buildings…We create the most durable rigid polystyrene insulation for commercial real estate and residential housing, [and] in keeping with our dedication to sustainability and innovation we have licensed a new technology to provide an alternative flame retardant for use in our product. –Brian Funk, Plant Manager, Dow Chemical[/quote]

      Site Visit at LyondellBasell in Clinton, IA, with Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)

      [quote]Today’s visit was valuable in learning firsthand about LyondellBasell’s Clinton plant, as well as of their impact on the surrounding community and our great state. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with LyondellBasell employees and have an open dialogue with them.  –Sen. Joni Ernst. The visit was part of the senator’s first official visit to Clinton County since becoming the first woman elected to federal office from the state of Iowa as well as the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate[/quote]

      [quote]Today was a great opportunity to showcase our incredible team of employees as well as the positive economic benefits that the Clinton Complex provides to the local community and our state. Most importantly, we were proud to underscore our commitment to safety and environmental excellence, two key cornerstones of LyondellBasell’s operating culture. –Christopher Cain, Clinton Complex Site Manager, LyondellBasell [/quote]

      Plant tour at Arkema in Birdsboro, PA, with Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA-06)

      [quote]Without preemption you end up with, potentially 50 different sets of state regulations, some of which may contradict one another.  And consequently you end up with higher compliance costs, higher pricing, rather than investing more in R & D and innovation.–Rep. Ryan Costello[/quote]

      Plant tour at SI Group in Rotterdam Junction, NY, with NY State Sen. George Amedore (R-NY-46)

      [quote]It was a pleasure to tour the SI Group’s manufacturing facility in Rotterdam Junction. Not only is the SI Group a major employer and contributor to our local economy, but they are a global leader in manufacturing materials that make up the consumer goods we all use every day. I commend them for their charitable work in the community, and also for developing innovative, sustainable solutions for safer, healthier communities for our future generations. –Sen. George Amedore [/quote]

      Plant tour at OMNOVA Solutions in Mogadore, OH, with Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH-16)

      [quote]It was great to tour a facility that has such a strong impact on northeast Ohio. Not only does OMNOVA employ hundreds of Ohioans, but its innovation and international expansion simply benefits Ohio’s growing economy, providing continuous opportunities. As a businessman, I am honored to have and represent such a thriving company in Ohio. –Rep. Jim Renacci[/quote]

      Plant tour at BASF in Savannah, GA, with Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA-01)

      [quote]People ask me, ‘Are you a solar or an energy guy?’ When you ask me how I feel about it, I’m all of the above. We need to utilize all of it. –Rep. Buddy Carter[/quote]

      Meeting at Lubrizol Corporation in Wickliffe, OH, with Rep. David Joyce (R-OH-14)

      Plant tour at Hexion in Norco, LA, with Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA-06)


      Be sure to check ACC’s Twitter @AmChemistry, blog American Chemistry Matters, and Facebook page to follow our #ACCaugust adventures as we travel across America highlighting the business of chemistry—one congressional district at a time.

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