02 Dec 11
Huntsman Joint Venture Rubicon Named “Best in Louisiana” Winner

The Woodlands, Texas – Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced that Rubicon, a joint venture that manages production assets owned by Huntsman and Chemtura Corporation, earned the Louisiana Chemical Association’s (LCA) “Best in Louisiana” distinction for its facility in Geismar, La. The chemical production plant was recognized for its commitment to superior safety, environmental performance and community involvement. 

Located in Ascension Parish, Rubicon was designated “Best in Louisiana” among its LCA peers (Class Four facilities – with more than 400 employees) that competed in this year's Serious About Fostering Excellence (SAFE) program. LCA has 58 member companies operating more than 80 manufacturing sites across the state. Based on safety and environmental compliance information submitted to state and federal regulatory agencies, the SAFE awards also took into account facilities’ abilities to demonstrate significant involvement in their surrounding communities.

“Everyone at the Geismar facility is honored and pleased to be selected for this award,” said Mark Dearman, Rubicon General Manager and Director of Operations, Huntsman Polyurethanes Americas. “We place the highest importance on safety, environmental responsibility and community engagement, and we are committed to maintaining a culture of environmental, health, and safety excellence for many years to come.”

The Huntsman assets located at the Geismar site, include methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and polyols units for the Americas Polyurethanes Division, and a maleic anhydride unit for the Americas Performance Products Division.

The plant spends more than $40 million annually on environmental, health and safety compliance and environmental improvement performance. It has been certified as an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) VPP Star worksite since 2003, and earned the Star of Excellence in 2010 for an outstanding emplo yee safety record. It has been recognized repeatedly over the years for excellence in environmental and safety performance by national industry associations including the National Petrochemical
and Refining Association (NPRA), International Loss Control Institute and the Chemical Manufacturers Association (now the American Chemistry Council).

About Huntsman:
Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. Our operating companies manufacture products for a variety of global industries, including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, textiles, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging and, later, for rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman has approximately 12,000 employees and operates from multiple locations worldwide. The Company had 2010 revenues of over $9 billion. For more information about Huntsman, please visit the company's website at

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Het leek niet meer stuk te kunnen. Een zonovergoten dag, goed geoliede kettingen en deelnemers verschijnen op de wilhelminapier in Rotterdam voor de eerste editie van de Tour du Port. Samen met 1000 andere fietsers trappen collega’s Geoffrey Dijkhuizen, Peter de Gast, Ron Groenland, Hans Houps, Bram Klijn, Lies Maliepaard, Arie ’t Mannetje, Max van der Meer, Jan Sleegers en Jos Videler 120 kilometer in de Tour du Port. In het grootste peloton in Europa maken zij als Huntsman-businessteam deel uit van dit van deze rit door de haven van Rotterdam. Ze rijden over een deel van het parcours van de Tour de France en komen met een gangetje van 25-30 kilometer per uur langs het Huntsmanterrein gesjeesd! Op deze en andere afstanden (60,80,40 km) zijn Huntsmanmedewerkers actief en zichtbaar.

Bizarre wending

Rond 13.15 uur komen er berichten uit het peloton dat er een volghelicopter is neergestort op de Maasvlakte en dat daarbij inzittenden zijn overleden. Het peloton koerst op een ingetogen manier terug naar De Kuip in Rotterdam.

Algemeen directeur Max van der Meer die de helicopter zag neerstorten betuigt zijn medeleven aan Hans Smits, directeur van het Havenbedrijf.

"Namens het businessteam en alle medewerkers van Huntsman Holland wens ik de nabestaanden, familie, collega's en deelnemers aan de tocht sterkte met het verwerken van de gevolgen van dit tragisch ongeval".