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NACD Announces Incoming Board of Directors Members
NACD announced the new incoming officers to the association’s Board of Directors. Elections were held at the Business Meeting during NACD’s 47th Annual Meeting, the premier chemical distribution industry event of the year.
NACD Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Patrick Marantette
NACD awarded the association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Patrick Marantette, who retired in August as Director of HORN after serving the company for 43 years. He received this award today at NACD’s 47th Annual Meeting, the premier chemical distribution industry event of the year. Marantette is the seventh winner of NACD’s most esteemed award.
Shawn Wiram of Brenntag North America Named NACD Distributor of the Year
NACD named Shawn Wiram, Director of Safety, Health and Environment at Brenntag North America, the 2018 Distributor of the Year. Recipients of this award demonstrate outstanding commitment to the chemical distribution community and work steadfastly on behalf of NACD and the entire industry.
NACD Members Meet in Carlsbad for 47th Annual Meeting
Approximately 600 members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) are descending on Carlsbad, CA for the association’s 47th Annual Meeting. An impressive lineup of expert speakers and panelists are on tap to discuss a range of issues facing chemical distribution, including generating a sales edge, the impacts of a nationwide trucking shortage, and preparing for the results of the midterm elections.
NACD Welcomes House Introduction of CFATS Reauthorization Legislation
NACD President Eric R. Byer praised Rep. John Katko (R-NY) for introducing legislation to reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program on a multi-year basis. The bill’s cosponsors include Reps. John Moolenaar (R-MI) and Henry Cuellar (D-TX). Without reauthorization, the program is set to expire in January 2019. In place since 2007, CFATS regulates high-risk chemical facilities to ensure they have established and implemented security measures to thwart potential bad actors.
NACD Welcomes Senate Introduction of CFATS Reauthorization Legislation
NACD President Eric R. Byer praised Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) for introducing legislation to reauthorize the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program on a multi-year basis. Without reauthorization, the program is set to expire in January 2019. In place since 2007, CFATS regulates high-risk chemical facilities to ensure they have established and implemented security measures to thwart potential bad actors.
 
NACD Applauds Passage of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
NACD President Eric R. Byer praised the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 (MTB), which would provide tariff relief to roughly 1,660 products made outside of the United States. The Senate passed the bill unanimously in July, and it now heads to President Trump’s desk for his signature.
 
NACD Members Testify at USTR Hearings Regarding Proposed Tariffs on Imported Chinese Goods
NACD members testified in front of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) highlighting the negative impact that the 25 percent proposed Section 301 tariffs on goods imported from China will have on their businesses and the chemical distribution industry as a whole.
 
NACD Applauds Senate Introduction of DRIVE Safe Act
NACD President Eric R. Byer issued the following statement regarding the Senate introduction of the Develop Responsible Individuals for a Vibrant Economy (DRIVE) Safe Act (S. 3352).
 
Chem One Ltd Wins NACD’s 2018 Responsible Distribution Excellence Award
NACD today announced Chem One Ltd as the winner of the 2018 Responsible Distribution Excellence Award. The award is given to a company that demonstrates a sustained and rigorous commitment to NACD Responsible Distribution®, the association’s third-party-verified environmental, health, safety, and security program. The award was presented at NACD’s annual ChemEdge conference and trade show, the premier operations and management event for the chemical distribution industry.
 
NACD ChemEdge Conference and Trade Show Comes to New Orleans
Nearly 420 chemical distributors from across the country are gathering in New Orleans this week for ChemEdge, the leading chemical distribution operations and management conference in the United States hosted annually by NACD. Attendees will participate in three days of in-depth education and insight into important regulatory, operational, and management issues, as well as best practices in the chemical distribution industry.
 

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