SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) honored The Chemico Group (Chemico) with the 2017 Class IV Supplier of the Year Award at its 40th Annual Ambassadors Championing Excellence (ACE) Awards and biennial Chairman's Scholarship Gala held on Friday December 8, 2017. Led by President and CEO Leon C. Richardson, Chemico is a global, minority-owned, chemical management, coatings removal and industrial supply company headquartered in Southfield, MI. The ACE awards is one of the most respected statewide events, boasting an attendance of nearly 850 of the region's top leaders, executives, visionaries and corporations to celebrate the business relationships between major corporations and minority business firms that are making significant contributions toward minority supplier development.
The MMSDC is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization committed to driving economic growth within minority communities, facilitating over $20 billion annually in business contracts between corporations and certified minority business enterprises (MBEs). Richardson has served as the Minority Business Enterprise Input Committee (MBEIC) Chairman since 2014. In this role, Richardson serves as the liaison between the Council's corporate members and represents the voice of the MBE Community, working with more than 1,200 minority owners in the state. His work in this capacity has advanced the MMSDC's efforts to conduct industry-specific training, identify possible strategic alliances, and foster an environment that promotes MBE-to-MBE spend.
"This year's Class IV Supplier of the Year Award recipient has worked relentlessly alongside our MMSDC staff to not only chair and establish the new MBEIC structure, but to personally mentor countless MBEs as well as corporate supplier diversity leaders," said MMSDC President Michelle Sourie-Robinson. "Leon Richardson truly demonstrates the value in giving back, putting his money where his mouth is, helping others and lifting them as he climbs. It is for this reason and so many more that I am proud to recognize The Chemico Group. Congratulations, you all are more than deserving of this honor. "
"Companies that win in this highly competitive global marketplace are those that harness the power of supplier diversity to deliver the best quality products and solutions," said Richardson. "When I started my company 27 years ago, I had 3 main objectives and that was to add value to my customer's supply chain, add value to the lives of our employees and to add value to the communities in which we operate. Those 3 objectives have become the cornerstone of this company and have truly served us well. On behalf of all Chemico Group employees, I am proud to accept this beautiful trophy -- a symbol of Chemico's commitment to hard work, excellence and the true strength of diverse supplier relationships."
Chemico earned the illustrious award by demonstrating outstanding leadership in diversity and commitment supporting minority-owned businesses through purchasing contracts. The award honors excellence among minority owned businesses who generate more than $50 million in annual revenue and have accomplished outstanding achievements in business growth, operations, and diverse hiring practices, among other things. Chemico has amassed a spend totaling more than $11 million with MBEs in the last few years.
Chemico was most recently recognized by Toyota North America with the 2017 Supplier Quality Excellence Award. Last year, Chemico earned the 2016 MMSDC President's Award and the Corp! Magazine Diversity and Multiculturalism Award.
About Chemico: Chemico specializes in providing an integrated solution for the chemical lifecycle – from sourcing and procurement, to lean hands-on management, through environmentally conscious disposal. Founded in 1989, the organization has continued to experience positive growth year over year since its inception. Chemico serves customers across a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, biotech and pharmaceuticals. The Chemico Group currently operates in more than 50 sites throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Chemico customers include General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, Toyota, Amgen, Delphi, Honeywell CR Bard and Maxion Wheels Mexico. For more information, visit www.TheChemicoGroup.com.
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