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There’s No Better Place to Network than SOCMA’s Annual Dinner

Posted: 11/06/14 at 10:59 AM

By Jenny Gaines, Manager, Public Relations and Media

Any successful business leader will tell you that a key element in growing your business is networking.  And for those of you looking to network with hundreds of the top leaders in the specialty chemical industry, there’s no better place than SOCMA’s 93rd Annual Dinner.  Set in New York’s Time Square during the height of the holiday season, this annual event provides the perfect location and opportunities for you to build and maintain relationships that will help strengthen your business.

In addition to a Speed Networking Reception and Cocktail Reception prior to dinner, SOCMA is offering a Cordials Reception, sponsored by GFS Chemicals, which will close out the night and give our members even more time to network.  In fact, sponsorships are still available for the Dinner.  Find out more about our sponsorship packages
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Midterm Madness – A Preview of the Upcoming Elections

Posted: 10/31/14 at 11:53 AM

By Dan Moss, Senior Manager, Government Relations

They’re baaccccckkkk.

Not unlike Lebron James’s return to the Cleveland Cavaliers after a four-year stint in Miami, the midterm elections return to the forefront of America’s political consciousness on Tuesday after a four-year absence.
While Republicans are unlikely to have quite the “wave year” they had in 2010, when they swept Congressional Democrats out of power in the House of Representatives by winning 60 seats and did exceptionally well in Senate, gubernatorial and down-ballot races as well, they are poised for another very good election night this year.  Here are my observations.

The House

In the House of Representatives, the GOP will easily remain in control and likely pad its majority by a number of seats.  Due to redistricting and gerrymandered congressional districts, historic voting tendencies, and the natural concentrations of Democratic and Republican voters in certain areas, Republicans are likely to maintain control of the House of Repre...

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Future of Contract Chemical Manufacturing is Bright

Posted: 10/27/14 at 8:14 AM

By Lawrence D. Sloan, SOCMA President & CEO

In the past decade, the chemical industry has seen a number of new regulations that have hampered trade efforts, and there has been an increased focus on safety.  However, Bill Knab, a consultant formerly with BASF, and Jim DeLisi, President of SOCMA member Fanwood Chemical, told those of us attending the 2014 ChemAgro Show in Charleston, S.C., the future for specialty chemical manufacturing is bright. 

Mr. Knab and Mr. DeLisi’s presentation provided a wealth of historic information about our industry that was just too good not to share.  Thus, we broke down these insightful facts into a three-part series of blogs.  Part I: “How Much do You Know about the History of Specialty Chemical Manufacturing?” looked at the early days of the chemical industry – a time of endless possibilities with incredib...

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