The Partnership represent nearly 2,000 members and a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region.
To celebrate our members and their accomplishments in their region, we have started a Member Spotlight blog series!
The first member we want to recognize, and celebrate, is PeroxyChem.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Marci Gregson, Manager of Human Resources at PeroxyChem, as well as Amie Dunn, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, to learn more about PeroxyChem and why they’re happy to be a member of The Partnership.
Q: Thank you both for taking the time to speak with me. I’m eager to learn more about PeroxyChem.
A: Thank you, Julia. We’re happy to have the opportunity to explain who we are and what we do, and why we are excited to continue our membership, which was formerly under FMC, with The Partnership.
Q: Can you briefly explain the impact (if any) that transitioning to PeroxyChem had on your business and membership with The Partnership?
A: The former Peroxygens division of FMC was a very successful business and we look forward to continuing to drive the future of PeroxyChem in the same direction.
When we became PeroxyChem on March 1, we decided to continue our membership with The Partnership, as FMC was a member since 2001 and truly enjoyed the value gained from the membership.
Q: That’s great to hear. So, tell me a little bit more about who you are. What’s the mission of PeroxyChem?
A: PeroxyChem is a global manufacturer of hydrogen peroxide, persulfates, peracetic acid and adjacent technologies. We’re the only producer of persulfates in North America, and are one of the largest North American producers of peracetic acid.
While our products are not ones that you’d necessarily see on a shelf, you’d find our product in many industries. Our global footprint extends across North and South America, Europe and Asia.
We supply customized chemicals for electronics, energy, environmental, food safety, pulp, paper, polymer and other industrial and consumer markets.
PeroxyChem – Persulfates process diagram
Q: With a list that extensive, it’s no surprise that we decided to visit PeroxyChem for our Manufacturers Council Tour on May 15, 2014. Can you tell me a little bit about the tour?
A: We had about 40 people from various manufacturing facilities come tour our plant to introduce PeroxyChem to the community.
This was our first opportunity to introduce our new company to the local business community.
During the tour, people went through our processes and facility where they had the chance to see our machines and ask questions about our processes.
Individuals walked away knowing more about our business and the variety of products and industries that are touched by our business.
Q: I heard how clean the facilities were!
A: Safety and cleanliness are our top priorities. A clean facility and strong housekeeping inside the facility ensures a safe environment for our employees to work in.
Q: I definitely agree. So, what benefits has Peroxychem received or experienced through its membership with The Partnership?
A: For us, it’s the opportunity to introduce PeroxyChem, and what we do here, to the community. We are very active in Tonawanda to ensure that we are responsible in the community that we’re working in.
Now, we want to take it to the next level with our business community.
For example, I attended the Congressional Briefing event at The Partnership to keep us in the loop of current events in our own backyard.
It was very informative, and I appreciated the opportunity to hear Congressman Collin’s perspective on what’s happening in Washington and how decisions will potentially impact our business.
Q: That’s great to hear. So, what current challenges or opportunities do you face that you think The Partnership might be able to play a role in?
A: It’s really the community awareness of our company and how we can promote our business to both perspective customers and future employees. We are very proud of our business and the products we manufacture in Tonawanda – persulfates and peracetic acid.
Persulfates are efficient oxidants, making them useful in a variety of applications. They are utilized across the environmental remediation, oil and gas production, polymers, and chemical and personal care industries.
Our peracetic acid is used for chemical synthesis, bleaching, disinfection and sterilization across a variety of industries, including food and beverage, industrial cleaning, and oil and gas production.
The more people we can make aware of what we have to offer, the better chance we have at growing as a company and providing benefits and solutions to our customers.
PeroxyChem – Percetic Acid process diagram
Q: Have you had any recent accomplishments that you’d like the community to be aware of?
A: Every year our company awards two scholarships named after one of our site’s innovators, Dr. Bretschger.
He invited the process that we use in our facility and was very well-known in the community. He wanted to see individuals further their education in the areas of chemistry and science so that we could see the benefits in society.
We’ve continued that tradition by offering scholarships to two graduating students (one from Kenmore East and one from Kenmore West) who are going into the field of chemistry or science.
We have recently presented these scholarships to two very deserving students and have had their families onsite so we could congratulate them and offer them a tour of our facility.
We’ve even had past recipients of the scholarships back during their college career as interns. It’s been a very enjoyable experience for us as a company, and for the students.
Q: That’s wonderful. Are there any other current opportunities for employment or involvement with PeroxyChem?
A: We are currently hiring.
We are growing and also ensuring that a proactive knowledge transfer occurs in our organization, as we are seeing many of our more senior employees preparing for retirement. It’s an exciting time for our site and our company as a whole.
Q: That’s great! So, my final question is what are you looking forward to benefiting from as a member of The Partnership in the upcoming year?
A: We look forward to continuing to spread the word about who we are and what we do in the local community.
It’s really nice to network with people at the events thrown by The Partnership; it gives us the opportunity to share the good news that we’ve experienced.
We also look forward to being more active members at Partnership events. The Manufacturing Council Tour really energized us and we truly enjoyed the interaction with other Partnership members.
Curious to learn more about The Partnership and the benefits we provide our members?
Join us at 8 a.m. Friday, August 1 at 665 Main St for our Summer Open House!
*Note: As of March 1, 2014, the former FMC Global Peroxygens business is PeroxyChem. FMC sold its Global Peroxygens business to affiliates of One Equity Partners, the private investment arm of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. One Equity Partners has an extensive history growing their portfolio companies, including numerous ones in the chemical industry.