Mexichem Fluor is committed to the communities where our employees live and work. We have worked very hard to earn our reputation as a good corporate neighbor. Following are some examples of how we work in harmony with the community.
We value education:
Our plant in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, proudly supports the Iberville Foundation for Academic Excellence. This Foundation provides annual grants to local teachers. Mexichem Fluor is a member of the East Iberville Schools Committee in St. Gabriel. This working team sponsors tutoring for high school and elementary students, as well as reading programs for Kindergartens and scholarships for graduating seniors. Mexichem Fluor also participates annually in job training for high school seniors.
Mexichem Fluor also provides supports to the Process Control Technology Course sponsored through the East Iberville Industry Neigbor Companies. This course is open to graduating seniors from seven high schools in Iberville and West Baton Rouge Parishes.
We value our environment:
Mexichem Fluor is a Corporate Contributor to The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
We value a helping hand:
Mexichem Fluor sponsors its employees in the annual March of Dimes "WALKAMERICA" to raise research money in hopes of finding cures for birth defects. We participate in the annual Salvation Army "Adopt an Angel" program to bring Christmas to those individuals who are less fortunate. Plant employees hold food drives each Thanksgiving to collect food for local families who need additional help. Each year we have been successful in collecting enough food to provide six families in the local community with a bountiful Thanksgiving meal.
Twice a year, Mexichem Fluor employees participate in the local blood drive operated by the Community Blood Bank of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Mexichem Fluor and its employees also contribute annually to The United Way. United Way drives are held to encourage our employees to lend their support.
We value our children:
At our production facility in St. Gabriel, employees participate in "ChemPals" an annual Expo sponsored by the Iberville Chemical Industry (ICC) in Iberville Parish, that teaches 6th grade students about chemistry. In 1999, the Expo featured an appearance by NASA Astronaut Lieutenant Colonel Michael Anderson who was one of seven astronauts who tragically died February 1, 2003 in the disintegration of the Columbia space shuttle. During his visit to Plaquemine he touched many lives as he was a great role model. In September, 2000, the American Chemical Society presented the "ChemPals" program with the Pheonix Award, which recognizes "Greatest Industrial Involvement."
During the summer, Mexichem Fluor sponsors the Playmakers group that supports arts in the community. The Playmakers produce short plays during the summer to entertain children and help keep them off the streets.
The company also sponsors numerous softball, baseball, golf, and basketball programs to encourage employees to stay healthy through athletics.
We value safety:
At Mexichem Fluor, we value the importance of the safety of our employees and neighbors. Our employees pledge to accept responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them. We strive daily to recognize, correct, and prevent unsafe acts and conditions and encourage others to do the same.
The St. Gabriel plant participates in the annual door-to-door campaign sponsored by the Iberville Community Awareness and Emergency Response (I-CAER) committee. Mexichem Fluor employees visit their neighbors to educate them - one on one- about what to do in the event of an emergency. We spend time with our neighbors and provide them with a handout explaining the process and names/telephone numbers of those to contact in the event of an emergency.
Our St. Gabriel plant employees also volunteer every year at the Safety Town event. Safety Town teaches four and five year old children about safety on the streets, such as stopping at stop signs when riding bicycles, traffic signals, and looking for unsafe obstacles.