ChemicoMays (Chemico), a Michigan-based chemical management firm, today announced it has been named National Supplier of the Year by the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC.) Given annually to only one of more than 1,750 NMSDC members, the award was presented at the 2014 NMSDC Conference and Business Opportunity Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Orlando, FL.
“One of the hallmarks of Chemico’s success is our dedication to diversity in all aspects of the company,” said Leon C. Richardson, Chemico’s president and CEO. “We are honored to be a part of an organization as influential as the National Minority Supplier Development Council and thrilled to have had them recognize our work with this nomination. This award is truly a testament to the values on which this company was founded, not the least important of which, is to create a positive impact in our community.”
Nominated by the NMSDC, the award recognizes Chemico’s successful implementation of programs designed to expand opportunities for minority employees, while also providing value-added benefits to its corporate customers and communities. More than 6,000 corporate leaders, minority business owners, supplier diversity professionals and guests from around the world attend the NMSDC Conference and award ceremony every year.
“Exemplary leadership is a rare and differentiating quality that most certainly warrants recognition,” said Joset Wright-Lacy, NMSDC president. “This is especially true when that leadership benefits and inspires others in a meaningful way. Chemico has demonstrated both its dedication to overcoming challenges and its ongoing commitment to diversity through its work with the many clients it serves on a day-to-day basis.”
Since its inception in 1989, Chemico has been known primarily for providing chemical management services; however, the company has recently begun to expand its list of offerings to include a broad range of facility management services. Dedicated to embracing a “green” approach, this growth will include energy management, operational maintenance, custodial services, waste disposal and other technical conveniences, achieved through sustainable solutions that produce positive environmental results. In doing so, Chemico hopes to assist clients in focusing more efficiently on their business, instead of facility needs. As additional services undoubtedly equate to an increased workload, the company also plans to provide more opportunities for minority employees through newly generated positions.
The NMSDC is comprised of more than 12,000 certified minority-owned businesses. The council is one of the country’s leading corporate membership organizations and prides itself on an “unwavering commitment to advance Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American suppliers in a globalized corporate supply chain.”