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NACD Press Release

Arlington, VA
June 1, 2021

Aileen Smith

NACD Celebrates 50th Anniversary with New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell Ringing and Congressional Resolution Introduction

Arlington, VA – National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President and CEO Eric R. Byer and Board of Directors (BOD) Chairman Kurt Hettinga, along with other NACD BOD members and senior leadership representatives from NACD member company Univar Solutions (NYSE: UNVR), commemorated the association’s 50th anniversary by ringing the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday, May 28. The bell-ringing ceremony follows the introduction of H.Res. 383 earlier in the month from Congressman John Moolenaar (R-MI-4) recognizing the association’s 50th anniversary and celebrating its commitment to placing the highest priority on the health, safety, and security of its members, their employees, communities, and the environment.

“We’re honored to be recognized by leaders in business and government in this critical juncture in NACD’s history,” said NACD President and CEO Eric R. Byer. “NACD has come a long way since our inception in 1971. We’re proud to serve as the voice of the chemical distribution industry and thank Congressman Moolenaar and the New York Stock Exchange for helping commemorate the work we’ve done to advance the industry.”

Upon introduction of the resolution, Congressman Moolenaar stated, “Congratulations to the National Association of Chemical Distributors on 50 years of success. Chemical distributors were vital in making sure manufacturers had the materials they needed to make personal protective equipment and other life-saving products during this past year, and I know they will continue to spur manufacturing and innovation well into the future. As co-chair of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus, I hope NACD has another successful 50 years advocating for the thousands of hardworking Americans with good-paying jobs in the chemical industry.”

“In an era of continuous change and regulation, NACD has delivered the stewardship, knowledge, and connections that move our members’ businesses and the entire industry forward,” said NACD BOD Chairman Kurt Hettinga. “We look forward to supporting the chemical distribution supply chain for the next 50 years and celebrating more milestones in NACD’s future.”


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 the implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party-verified management practice. NACD was established in 1971 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For more information ?on NACD and how the association is Celebrating 50 Years, visit