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Mid-term Madness – A Preview of the Upcoming Elections

Posted: 10/31/14 at 4:44 PM

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 mid-term 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 Repr...

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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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Where in the World is Larry Sloan?

Posted: 10/16/14 at 8:18 AM

By Austin Alderdice, Assistant Manager, Marketing

In the third edition of 2014’s “Where in the World is Larry Sloan?” we look at SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan’s July, August and September travel.

The last three months included a whirlwind of events for Sloan. July kicked off with SOCMA affiliate BPSA’s (Bio-Process Systems Alliance) International Single-Use Summit in Washington, DC, followed by the Chemical Sector Security Summit & Expo, co-funded by SOCMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in Baltimore, MD. Sloan addressed the audiences at both events, leading off with opening remarks on day one of the Chemical Sector Security Summit.

Though busy in July, August is when Sloan really hit the road. On August 6, he took off for the Chicago area, meeting with member companies <...

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