ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Monday, February 7, SolvChem, Inc. and its sister business Packaging Service Co., Inc., headquartered in Pearland, Texas, were honored with a visit from U.S. Congressman Pete Olson (R-TX). SolvChem, Inc. is a member in good standing of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD). Congressman Olson presented President Jean-Pierre Baizan, his family, and employees with Congressional Congratulations on the recent distinction SolvChem, Inc. earned as one of the Nation's largest Hispanic-owned businesses and its listing on ICIS Chemical Business' top chemical distribution companies in North America.
Baizan welcomed the congressman to SolvChem, Inc. with a tour of the facility, an opportunity to speak from the facility floor to SolvChem, Inc.'s employees, and a question and answer session with the SolvChem, Inc. management and staff. The congressman learned more about NACD's Responsible Distribution program which SolvChem, Inc. and all members of the Association adhere to each year. Responsible Distribution is an environmental, health, safety and stewardship program.
During the visit, Congressman Olson expressed concern over regulatory action in Washington while applauding NACD and the chemical distribution industry's commitment to safety. "I am committed to continuing the fight to reduce excessive government regulations. I understand the need to have sensible regulations, but not to the point that it drives companies out of business. With such demands, how can you be expected to compete in a global marketplace? You have demonstrated what it takes to be safe. And you'll continue to get the job done."
Congratulating Baizan on SolvChem, Inc.'s recent accolades, Congressman Olson thanked the industry for meeting fundamental needs of the country through chemical products and a solid manufacturing base. Olson stated, "Your hard work and consistent dedication to excellence have made you an example of the American Dream. Thank you for the contribution you make to the local economy in Pearland, Texas and the service you provide to a critical industry in our nation."
SolvChem, Inc. was recently listed as number 73 (up from 76 the previous year) out of 500 top Hispanic owned businesses in the annual Hispanic Business 500 directory, which serves as a barometer of the U.S. Hispanic economy. It also achieved the rank of 29 in North America on the Top 100 Chemical Distributors ranking in ICIS Chemical Business' October 11, 2010 issue.
SolvChem, Inc. was founded by Gabriel Baizan in 1981 to deliver customized solutions as an independent distributor of organic and inorganic chemicals. In 1982, the company became a member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), affirming its commitment to responsible chemical distribution practices. Jean-Pierre Baizan is currently serving a three-year term as a Director At-Large on NACD's Board of Directors. For more information on SolvChem, Inc., visit their website — http://www.solvchem.com.
NACD and its over 390 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every five seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as the safety standards set by DOT. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD's website — http://www.nacd.com.
Contact: Matt Glaser, 703/527-6223(NACD)
SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)