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EPA Data Shows Chemical Distributors Had Lowest Average Emissions in 2016
According to an analysis by the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) of recently-released U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data for the year 2016, the chemical distribution industry had the lowest average emissions per facility of any reporting industry.
NACD Applauds Illinois Resolution Recognizing NACD Responsible Distribution®
NACD welcomed the approval of Illinois House Resolution 908 sponsored by Representatives Keith Wheeler (R-District 50), David Olsen (R-District 81), John Connor (D-District 85), and Natalie Manley (D-District 98). The bill recognizes the benefits of NACD Responsible Distribution®, the association’s mandatory third-party-verified environmental, health, safety and security program.
NACD Welcomes Reauthorization of GSP in Omnibus Funding Bill, Disapproves of Lack of MTB Language
NACD President Eric R. Byer praised the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for voting to renew the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) while expressing disappointment that the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) was not included in their omnibus government funding legislation. The GSP program will provide importers with tariff relief on nearly 5,000 products from 120 developing countries. The MTB would have provided tariff relief on imported products unavailable domestically in the United States.
Immediate Past NACD Chairman Appointed to STB Council
NACD proudly announces the appointment of Mathew Brainerd, chairman and owner of Brainerd Chemical Company and immediate past chairman of NACD, to serve on the U.S. Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Rail-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC). He was nominated by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and NACD for the position.
NACD Welcomes House Passage of Generalized System of Preferences Renewal
NACD President Eric R. Byer praised the U.S. House of Representatives in the following statement for renewing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program that expired at the end of December.
NACD Welcomes Association Health Plans Proposed Rule
NACD President Eric R. Byer applauded the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rulemaking on the creation of association health plans that would allow businesses to band together to provide their employees with better, more affordable health insurance coverage.
NACD Urges Reauthorization of Generalized System of Preferences
NACD President Eric R. Byer urged the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to renew the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides importers with tariff relief on many products from certain developing countries.
NACD Applauds Sweeping Effort to Reform U.S. Tax Code
NACD President Eric R. Byer welcomed U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passage of comprehensive legislation that would overhaul our nation’s tax code and provide relief to the American business community.

Tax Cuts for Scrooge McDuck? Dispelling Myths of Tax Reform
By Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL.), featured on

Roger Harris, CEO of Producers Chemical Company in Sugar Grove, Ill., employs about 30 people. He pays plenty in taxes—all told, federal, state and local governments take more of his business income than Roger does. For Producers Chemical, tax reform could mean an extra $150,000 in capital. And for Roger, that doesn’t mean a bigger CEO paycheck. It means he can invest in his business and hire three or four new employees. That means stronger economic growth and more families taken care of in Illinois.

NACD Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to David B. Garner of Brenntag North America, Inc.
NACD awarded the association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to David B. Garner of Brenntag North America, Inc. out of Reading, Pennsylvania. He received this award today during the Business Meeting at NACD’s 46th Annual Meeting, the premier chemical distribution industry event of the year. This is only the sixth time in the 46-year history of NACD that this esteemed award has been given.
Senior Leaders at Chem/Serv, Inc. Win the 2017 Distributor of the Year Award
NACD today named both Joseph Fischman and Andrea Nagle of Chem/Serv, Inc., as the 2017 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 San Antonio for 46th Annual Meeting
Members of NACD are heading to San Antonio for the association’s 46th Annual Meeting. Chemical distribution industry leaders and their suppliers, customers and colleagues are joining together to discuss opportunities for companies to improve business performance, management skills, recruitment and more, while getting in-depth insights into the latest trends and future of the industry.

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April 21, 2018
US VCM prices decline to align with PVC values
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) prices sank during the week to reflect falling values for derivative polyvinyl chloride (PVC),...
April 21, 2018
US PVC spot export prices soften on lengthening supply, weaker demand
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) prices continued the softer trend of recent weeks and lowered on lengthening supply and weak demand in...
April 21, 2018
US urea begins to firm on supply tightness, improving weather outlook
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US urea price began to firm this week, mainly because of supply tightness and the outlook for better weather, which would allow...
April 21, 2018
North America Q2 increase initiatives see more pushback from buyers
HOUSTON (ICIS)--More doubts about the full implementation of North America TiO2 price-hike initiatives within the second quarter emerged on Friday,...


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