Chemico Celebrates 25 Years of Business, Fifth Consecutive GM SOY Award


Southfield, Mich. (June 12, 2014) — Founded on September 13, 1989, Chemico Systems (Chemico), a Michigan-based chemical management firm, will soon mark its 25th year in business. Complementing this success, Chemico was also recently awarded its fifth consecutive GM Supplier of the Year Award. To help commemorate the occasion, the company hosted a 2013 Supplier of the Year Award Celebration and 25th Anniversary Luncheon at its headquarters in Southfield, Mich. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Established as a chemical supply and paint booth maintenance provider by entrepreneur and Marine Corps veteran Leon Richardson, over the last 25 years Chemico has grown to offer the full spectrum of chemical lifecycle management services with over 50 locations across North America and Europe. The company services a wide-range of clients, which include, but are not limited to: General Motors (GM), Chrysler, Toyota, Honeywell and Delphi. Growing steadily since its inception, Chemico has increased its revenue by more than $30 million in the last year alone and continues to see significant growth moving through 2014.

“For 25 years, Chemico has had the privilege of providing chemical services and products to businesses in five industries ranging from automotive to biotechnology – we owe our success to them – especially General Motors, which has been an integral part of our growth since the beginning,” said Leon C. Richardson, Chemico’s president and CEO. “To me, success is achieving the goals that you set out to accomplish – as a company we have exceeded those goals, and plan to create new ones for success in the next 25 years to come.”

As a result of the company’s continued commitment to quality, Chemico has garnered various awards from its Fortune 500 customers over the past few years. Counted as a client for more than 20 years, GM has recognized the chemical management firm for the last five consecutive years as one of its best suppliers out of 18,000 worldwide. The supplier of the year award signifies an “outstanding track record of consistently meeting GM’s business needs while also supporting its cultural priorities.”

“From the start of our business relations, Chemico has been a vital part of General Motor’s daily operations as a chemical management supplier,” said Grace Lieblein, GM Vice President, Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. “It is an impressive and extraordinary feat for one of General Motors suppliers to be awarded as a supplier of the year for two consecutive years – let alone five consecutive years. They really are the best in their industry and we hope to maintain a relationship with Chemico for its next 25 years in business.”

GM executives, including Lieblein, prominent members of the community and Chemico suppliers and employees attended the celebration. AirGas, a specialty gas and equipment provider, was named Chemico’s Supplier of the Year. Rhonda Walker, WDIV anchor and long-time friend of Richardson, hosted the event.

About Chemico, LLC

Chemico specializes in providing an integrated solution for the chemical lifecycle – from sourcing and procurement, to lean hands-on management, through environmentally conscious disposal. Founded in 1989, the organization has continued to experience positive growth year over year since its inception. Chemico serves customers across a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, biotech and pharmaceuticals. The company operates more than 50 sites throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Chemico’s past and current customers include General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, Eaton, Toyota, Boeing, Amgen, Delphi and Honeywell.

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