May 2014

#1 Deer Park Team Wins Safety Excellence Award



Nalco Champion’s Deer Park team recently won the prestigious Houston Safety Excellence Bronze Medal Award in the Large Company Technical Support category for 2013, presented by the Houston Area Safety Council in partnership with the Houston Business Roundtable.

Nominated by Shell Deer Park, the award recognizes outstanding safety performance from contractors who work cooperatively to improve onsite safety, eliminate accidents and reduce employee injuries.

The award involves a six-month-long audit process that involves hundreds of volunteers. After receiving nominations from clients, contractors are evaluated to verify safety performance data for the past calendar year. The process also encourages the sharing of best practices to improve industrial safety overall in Houston and the Gulf Coast region.

Members of the team, which included Hank Hamberg, Christopher Agostinelli, Ross O’Dell, Adam Dillard, Jake Henley, Peter Lofgren, Tom Champlin, Jim Germundson, Armando Trevino, Kent Harrington and Lance Broussard, were proud to be recognized for this accomplishment at the HSE Awards Banquet in May


Leigh-Anne Walker Giving Tree


#2 Nalco Champion Sponsors Alberta Children’s Hospital
Nalco Champion recently committed to its largest charitable pledge to date in Canada with a five-year, $150,000 sponsorship agreement with Alberta Children’s Hospital. The Alberta Children’s Hospital, the largest public children’s hospital in the western provinces, is one of the few facilities with the resources to provide valuable health services to the majority of our people in Canada.

The funds will be directed to Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS), based on the results of a Canadian staff poll conducted late last year. ECLS is an artificial heart and lung system that takes over pumping and oxygenating blood for children suffering from life-threatening conditions that destroy the ability of these organs to function properly. Nalco Champion’s $150,000 donation helped the hospital reach its $500,000 fundraising target for this vital life-saving equipment. The first check for $30,000 was presented to the hospital foundation February 5, 2014.



JUNE 2014

#3, 4 Heroes of the 500 Honoree: Paul McNeill

Paul McNeill, a senior process engineer at Nalco Champion’s Freeport, Texas, facility, was recently recognized in Fortune magazine’s “Heroes of the 500,” which spotlighted 50 people from the top 500 global companies who found creative ways to help others.



McNeill founded Mission McNeill, a formalized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, in 2012 as part of his global volunteer efforts. His trips to remote, underserved villages and schools in countries like Cambodia and Peru to build bathroom and clean water facilities helped earn him the No. 14 spot on the magazine’s list.

“It’s imperative that these people, especially the kids, have clean water. One of the reasons why most children die in the world is from a lack of clean water and sanitation,” McNeill said. “I’ve seen poverty from a different perspective, and I’ve been inspired to make a difference in the lives of these children.”




#5 Visions for Learning Grants to Texas Teachers
Nalco Champion recently awarded $75,000 in education grants to teachers in Fort Bend County through the Ecolab Foundation’s 2014 Visions for Learning program.

Created to help teachers enrich students’ experience through increased engagement and innovative classroom instruction, the program awarded 33 grants to teachers in Fort Bend County, the planned corporate home for Nalco Champion. Grant recipients and their school principals were recognized at a small reception at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce in August.


Ecolab Donation Aids the Fight Against Ebola in West Africa
Nalco Champion parent company Ecolab recently sent several truckloads of aid supplies from the United States and United Kingdom to West Africa to help in the fight against the Ebola virus. Ecolab donated soap, hand sanitizers and disinfecting cleansers to Sierra Leone and Liberia.

The coordinated effort began in early August when the company received a call from an infectious disease specialist at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Several hundred employees joined the effort to help battle the disease by coordinating production and shipping while Ecolab worked with World Emergency Relief to move the donated items from the ports to aid works in area hospitals and health clinics.


Nalco Champion Magazine Wins International Design Award
Chosen from more than 3,600 global entries, Nalco Champion Magazine is one of eight editorial winners honored in the prestigious 55th Annual Communication Arts Design Competition. Selected for creative excellence by a jury of leading design professionals, Nalco Champion Magazine was the only business-to-business winner in the editorial category, standing alongside winning spreads from publications including GQ and The Alpine Review.



Order, tidiness and cleanliness are essential factors for the prevention of accidents and maintenance of health in the workplace. Make a daily commitment to keeping work areas organized and free of unnecessary clutter.
Juliana de Andrade Marques
SH&E Latin America

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