Lassiter came to MFG in 2014 following nearly 40 years with Dupont and Invista to serve as director, environmental, health, safety & security (EHS&S). Under his leadership, MFG has developed a safety culture throughout the company in which every employee participates and has individual responsibility. As a result, MFG has achieved an excellent safety record at its plants; has invested in employee safety and reduction of risk through significant commitment to training and equipment; is continuously recording and reporting on key safety measures; manages a safety communications program to keep the community informed; and has won several prestigious chemical industry awards for safety.
Joe Welch joined MFG earlier this year with 22 years of experience in leading EHS excellence initiatives in both the public and private sectors. He has been working closely with Lassiter in EHS&S and will now take the lead as director. Welch has a BA in wildlife biology, a masters in environmental policy and management, and is a certified environmental professional (CEP).
“Barry Lassiter has done an outstanding job of making the safety ethic an integral part of our DNA here at MFG Chemical," said Keith Arnold, CEO of MFG Chemical. "Thanks to his strong manufacturing, maintenance, and safety background Barry is an excellent choice for VP-operations. As VP-operations, Barry will ensure that the safety culture he has done so much to develop will continue to predominate as the core value in everything we do. As director of EHS&S Joe Welch will continue and build upon the safety culture MFG has set in place.”
MFG Chemical, LLC is a leading specialty and custom chemical manufacturer for a variety of global markets, including agriculture, asphalt, graphic arts, lubricants, mining, oilfield, paints & coatings, personal care, pulp & paper and water treatment. The company is headquartered in Dalton, GA, and operates four manufacturing facilities with world-class product development capabilities in Northwest Georgia and Pasadena, TX. Key chemistries include amides, dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinates (DOSS), esters, imidazolines, rheology modifiers, surfactants, specialty anhydrides and water soluble polymers. In addition, the company recently received three SOCMA Awards for plant safety and process efficiency and has achieved ISO 9001: 2015 Certification.