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Keeping America Moving through COVID-19
May 14, 2020
Keeping America Moving through COVID-19

For many chemical distributors, freight rail provides an essential avenue to deliver the products Americans rely on every day. This National Transportation Week, as our supply chains adjust to accommodate new demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, it has never been so important for rail customers — many of which are NACD members — to be able to rely on efficient and affordable rail services in order to run their businesses successfully and serve their customers.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Chemical Distributors Look to a Digital Future
April 23, 2020
Chemical Distributors Look to a Digital Future

Until recently, chemical producers and distributors have been fairly slow to react to the new opportunities posed by digital tools and technologies. Other industries such as banking and manufacturing have already embraced the advent of digitalization and have been able to both streamline operations and improve productivity as a result. However, opinions are changing and chemical distributors are becoming far more aware of the benefits and a little less reluctant to invest and innovate, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NACD Members Are Doing Their Part to Support COVID-19 Efforts
April 7, 2020
NACD Members Are Doing Their Part to Support COVID-19 Efforts

The United States is facing one of the worst threats to our public health and economic growth in our nation’s history due to the rapidly increasing spread of COVID-19. The response from our government to ensure Americans are undertaking social distancing measures – while the right decision to control the spread of the coronavirus – will no doubt have a significant impact on the economy and the bottom lines of chemical distribution companies for weeks and months to come. Yet, in the face of those our challenges, I'm proud to say our members are doing everything they can to support the response efforts in their communities.

By Eric Byer, NACD
The Challenging Times We Now Live In
March 18, 2020
The Challenging Times We Now Live In

The title almost goes without saying. My four kids, ranging in ages from six to 16, certainly have not before lived through a trying time like we are today. The uncertainty that exists with the continuing spread of the coronavirus and the real possibility of us entering an economic recession, or worse, make these unsettling times to say the very least. We at NACD are doing our best to ensure there is at least a little stability during these troubling times by providing you with the latest developments.

By Eric Byer, NACD
2020 Vision: NACD's Top Priorities in the New Year
February 13, 2020
2020 Vision: NACD's Top Priorities in the New Year

As chemical distributors, we operate in a constantly changing legislative and regulatory environment. The beginning of a new year is a great opportunity to reflect on our top priorities and what we need to achieve our goals in the coming year.

By Eric Byer, NACD
On the Right Track for Change
December 18, 2019
On the Right Track for Change

Distributors are facing more rules, regulations, and pressures from the railroads than ever before. With the burden on small business growing significantly, now is the perfect time to share your concerns, get your voice heard, and help implement change. 

By Eric Byer, NACD
National Chemistry Week: Transforming Our Daily Lives
October 23, 2019
National Chemistry Week: Transforming Our Daily Lives

What do the smartphone in your pocket, the computer on your desk, and the electric vehicle in your driveway have in common? They are all possible thanks to a technological advancement decades in the making that couldn’t have happened without chemistry: rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Your Voice Is Highly Valued: Invite Your Member of Congress to Your Facility
June 27, 2019
Your Voice Is Highly Valued: Invite Your Member of Congress to Your Facility

We all know that the impact Congress has on the chemical distribution industry can be far reaching. Whether they’re writing new laws, reauthorizing existing laws, or failing to act on issues important to our industry, Congress has the ability to both positively and negatively affect our industry and the choices individual companies make to remain successful. Luckily, we each have the opportunity to engage with Congress to make sure our voice is heard. There is nothing more influential that your business could do than to invite your Member of Congress to tour your facility and engage with them to discuss issues critical to your business and the chemical distribution industry.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Don't Forget What Memorial Day Is Really About
May 22, 2019
Don't Forget What Memorial Day Is Really About

As the school year wraps up for many across the country and we commence our summer activities, we begin the season with a somber day set aside to remember soldiers fallen in combat in America’s wars and to honor veterans who have lost comrades in America’s struggle to protect life and liberty.

By Eric Byer, NACD
Invest in Infrastructure and Transportation
May 15, 2019
Invest in Infrastructure and Transportation

Our transportation systems and infrastructure go hand-in-hand. That’s no secret. One can’t happen without the other. Unless we start to seriously prioritize both, American businesses and taxpayers will end up fronting the cost.

By Eric Byer, NACD