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NACD Press Release

Arlington, VA
September 15, 2022

Aileen Smith

NACD Applauds Averting a U.S. Rail Strike


Arlington, VA – Today, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President and CEO Eric R. Byer issued the following statement thanking Officials for averting the potential U.S. rail strike:

“The disruption caused by the looming rail strike would have been catastrophic to businesses still recovering from the impacts of the supply chain crisis and navigating inflation, rising interest rates, labor challenges, and more. Chemical distributors, many of which are small businesses, rely heavily on railways as they process and deliver critical products used in goods that support Americans’ everyday lives.

“Earlier this week, NACD sent a letter to Congress highlighting the risks of this potential strike and called on Congress to use its legal authority under the Railway Labor Act to intervene to prevent a rail stoppage.

“A rail strike of any duration would have exacerbated existing supply chain challenges, rendered significant damage to the U.S. economy, and threatened the movement of products that are critical to the health and well-being of Americans. Today, we are grateful to the Biden administration, Secretary of Labor Martin J. Walsh, and all rail negotiators for averting a national crisis.”


NACD and its over 400 member and Affiliate companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third party-verified management practice. For more information on NACD, visit