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Strem Chemicals Earns Top Awards from SOCMA

Newburyport, MA, December 19, 2012. Strem Chemicals, Inc. has been awarded two 2012 Performance Improvement Awards from the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) for its outstanding commitment to continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety and security (EH&S) practices and educational outreach.

As a member of SOCMA, Strem Chemicals, Inc. is an active participant in the ChemStewards® program, which helps companies achieve superior EH&S performance.

Out of a record number of awards applications received in 2012 and through a double-blind selection process, Strem Chemicals was one of only two facilities (the other being Baker Hughes Incorporated's Kilgore, Texas site) selected to receive top recognition the Gold Performance Improvement Award for exceeding standards set forth in the ChemStewards® program.

Administered by Technical Director Dr. Frank Wagner, Technical Data Support Specialist Sue Crooks, and Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist R.J. Wolcik, Strem's ChemStewards® program was recognized in part for routinely communicating goals with employees; establishing a safety inspection routine with internal audits to address all EH&S areas; installing an electronic compliance calendar that alerts employees about reports, due dates, and ChemStewards goals; and its ongoing participation in the Northern Essex Regional Emergency Planning Committee, for which Wolcik will serve as the Chairman beginning in January.

"We are extremely proud of the hard work our employees have put into our EH&S program. This award reflects our commitment to constant improvement for our products, our workers and our neighbors in the community," Wolcik observed.

"In today's business world, it is incumbent upon companies to be environmental stewards in order to ensure the safety and security of not only their employees, but the community in which they live. We congratulate Strem Chemicals, Inc. and its employees on this achievement, and we encourage them to continue these efforts through the ChemStewards® performance improvement program," said SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan.

Strem, along with BASF Corporation's Florham Park, New Jersey facility, was also honored for the second concurrent year with SOCMA's Educational Outreach Award, created in partnership with the Chemical Educational Foundation (CEF). Strem was recognized for its steadfast commitment to advancing science education in the Newburyport, MA, public schools, pursuing outreach initiatives including hands-on experiments and lecture demonstrations in local K-12 classrooms, generous monetary contributions to local middle schools for the creation of a new science program, updating laboratory equipment, and the safe disposal of hazardous waste.

"Today's students are the chemists, engineers, doctors, and decision-makers of tomorrow. The growing competitiveness of today's global marketplace is cause for the American chemical industry to increase its involvement within local communities to promote science education," stated John Rice, Executive Director of CEF. "CEF and SOCMA created the Educational Outreach Award as a means to recognize those companies who are already answering the call, going above-and-beyond to volunteer their time, effort, and financial resources. It is a great privilege to be able to honor two exemplary companies in such a celebratory fashion at SOCMA's Annual Dinner."

The Gold Performance Improvement and Educational Outreach awards were presented to Strem Chemicals at SOCMA's 91st Annual Dinner on December 10 in New York City. During the ceremony, CEF also donated a $2,500 monetary gift to Nock Middle School's Science Department.

About Strem Chemicals, Inc.
Strem Chemicals, Inc. established in 1964, is an employee owned and privately-held company that manufactures and markets specialty chemicals of high-purity. Its clients include academic, industrial and government research and development laboratories as well as commercial scale businesses in the pharmaceutical, microelectronic and chemical / petrochemical industries. Strem also provides custom synthesis (including high pressure synthesis) and cGMP manufacturing services.

SOCMA is the only U.S.-based trade association dedicated solely to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector. SOCMA has a global membership of 220 companies, which employ more than 46,000 workers in the U.S. alone. The value of the products and services provided by SOCMA members is $24 billion, and the industry's impact on the U.S. GDP is upwards of $2.9 trillion. For more information on our services and products, please visit

ChemStewards® is SOCMA's flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EH&S) continuous performance improvement program. ChemStewards was created from industry's commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EH&S performance. To learn more visit

About the Chemical Educational Foundation
Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Chemical Educational Foundation works closely with industry to enhance science education opportunities for our youth. Visit for more information.

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