Surviving the Holidays by Keeping your Family Safe

For many of us, Christmas is the best time of the year. There are decorations, presents, parties, music and spending family & friends. The Holiday Season can truly feel magical. Most of us have decorated Christmas trees in our homes, extra indoor and outdoor lights, a holiday scented candle burning and lots of extra time in the kitchen as meals and desserts are prepared for loved ones.

As a chemical company, safety is always our number one priority. We want to make sure that our employees go home in the same condition they came to work. We also want our employees to be safe when they are home as well. Safety in the home this time of year may not be to the forefront of people’s minds when they are trying to relax and enjoy themselves, but it is important to address it as the festive season means a lot of activity that is out of the norm in the household. Remember these safety tips so that your family stay safe during the most wonderful time of the year.

Fire Hazards

Many holiday decorating ideas involve very combustible materials such as tissue paper and flammable cottons. These materials should be avoided in your home if possible. If they cannot be avoided then you should keep these materials away from bare electrical wires, fireplaces, or candles so that they do not become ignited easily. While cooking meals, be sure to stay in the kitchen while cooking. Unattended cooking equipment is the leading cause of home cooking fires (NFPA). If possible, switch candles to battery operated candles. Open flames with candles can catch decorations on fire. In order to be prepared, you also should have an emergency fire plan in place for you and your loved ones. Having a smoke detector in each room of your home can be one of the best measures to prevent being hurt in a house fire. After this, you must also have a plan of action. Make sure everyone who will be in your home over the holiday season knows where to meet and what to do if there is a fire. Also, make sure you have at least one fire extinguisher in your home to combat small house fires.


Christmas Trees

Christmas trees are often the centerpiece of many Christmas events. They hold decorative and nostalgic ornaments that bring joy and happiness to your family. However, Christmas trees may also bring danger to your household. Real Christmas trees are at risk of catching fire far more easily than artificial trees. If you have a real Christmas tree make sure that you choose a live tree that has green needles that do not break easily. The tree should also be sticky with resin and only have a few loose needles. Be sure to keep your live tree fresh by watering daily. Dry trees can be a serious fire hazard. Real trees and artificial trees should be kept away from vents, radiators, fireplaces, and candles. Plus, for both types of trees you should only use flame-resistant ornaments.


Electrical Safety

Christmas decorations often light up or have an electrical component. Be sure to inspect electrical decorations for any damage before use. Cracked or damaged sockets, loose or bare wires and loose connections can cause a serious shock or start a fire. It is also important not to overload your electrical outlets and never connect more than 3 strands of incandescent lights together. Not only can it blow a fuse, but it can also start a fire.



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Manufacturing Day 2016


Students getting hands-on experience at ADC during Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day also addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. Manufacturing today is not what it was in the 1950’s. Manufacturing today is full of high-tech jobs, robotics, cleaner environments and a vast array of career opportunities. By working together during and after Manufacturing Day, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.


Local students visit Anderson Development Company on October 7th for Manufacturing Day.

Lenawee County launched a first ever Manufacturing day on October 7th, 2016 sending hundreds of students to 13 area manufacturers. This year, an estimated 220-225 students from Hudson High School, LISD TECH Center, Onsted High School, Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry and Tecumseh High School participated. The students were put into groups of 15 and completed two tours around the County.

Participating companies included: Aerospace Services, Anderson Development Company, Axis Engineering, General Broach, Glycon, Hi-Lex, IDIDIT, Inteva, Kirchhoff Van-Rob, L&W, Meridian Mechatronics, Adrian Precision Machining and Plastic Omnium. The tours of these companies showed how high-tech and exciting manufacturing can be and also the variety of careers within Lenawee County.

Anderson Development Company was eager to allow students into our doors and show students what types of careers are available within our company. Students were given tours of our manufacturing plants, research and development labs, and information on the different types of products we produce and learned how these products are used in the industry.

This year, Manufacturing Day in Lenawee County was a collaborative initiative planned by the LISD Tech Center, Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry, Lenawee Now, and Michigan Works! Southeast. The response has been very positive and plans for Manufacturing Day 2017 will be in the works.

View a video compilation of Lenawee County’s Manufacturing Day 2016 produced by LISD TV.


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ADC Attends Powder Coating Summit 2016


Technical Discussion at PC Summit

Powder Coating Summit:

The PC (Powder Coating) Summit is a two-day seminar that brings the latest in powder coating innovation to engineers, technologists, scientists, and marketing and management professionals. The event is put on by the Powder coating Research Group, Powder Coated Tough magazine and The Powder Coating Institute. This year’s even took place in Columbus, OH on October 4th and 5th. Anderson Development Company attended the conference and had a table-top display with information on our Almatex GMA Acrylic Resins.

Powder Coating Institutes (PCI):

The Powder Coating Institute (PCI) currently represents the North American powder coating industry while promoting powder coating technology and communicating the benefits of powder coating to manufacturers, consumers, and the government. PCI also provides forums to identify and address major industry technical issues, inform members about the domestic and worldwide powder coating activities and developments. PCI also provides powder coating education programs including a major technical conference, like Powder Coating Summit.

Powder Coating:


Dr. Szuping Lu, chemist at Anderson Development Company talks about Almatex Acrylic Resins

Powder coating is a dry finished process that provides a high quality finish. Representing over 15% of the total industrial finishing market, powder is used on a wide array of products. Used as protective and decorative finishes, powder coatings are available in almost limitless range of colors and textures. Technological advancements have resulted in excellent performance properties. Powder coating protects the roughest, toughest machinery as well as household items used daily. Powder coating is tough and lasts a long, long time. In addition to being durable, powder coating also has environmental advantages.

Almatex Acrylic Resins:


Anderson Development Company’s table top display

Anderson Development Company (ADC) offers Almatex GMA Acrylic resins that represent high quality crystal clear powder coating. ADC is continually developing new products, improving existing products and responding to the industry needs for higher performance properties. ADC attends technical conferences like Powder Coating Summit to learn the latest advancements in powder coating to enable our customers to make highly competitive products.





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The Business of Chemistry: By the Numbers

Chemistry is essential to our economy and plays a vital role in the creation of ground-breaking products that make our lives and our world healthier, safer, more sustainable and more productive.

What many people don’t know, is just how impactful the business of chemistry really is in our own state of Michigan, our country and our world.

Have you used your cell phone today? Laptop? Drank your coffee from a mug or worn a bicycle helmet? If so, you, along with millions of consumers around the world, have touched the product of chemistry.

The contributions of the business of chemistry go beyond everyday household items. Chemistry is a driving force behind the growth and expansion of the U.S. economy, and the potential for future economic growth of our industry is exponential.

More than 96% of all manufactured goods are directly touched by the business of chemistry. The business of chemistry is a $797 billion Enterprise providing over 810,000 skilled, good paying American jobs—pretty amazing, right?

Did you know that in Michigan alone…

-Chemistry is the 5th largest manufacturing industry at $16 billion

-Chemistry in Michigan provide nearly 30,000 direct jobs and 28,000 related jobs

-Generates $2.3B in payroll across 387 establishments

-Michigan is the 15th largest chemistry producing state and wages are 25% higher than the average manufacturing job.

Taking an even closer look within Michigan—Anderson Development Company is located within southeast Michigan. Some major cities in this region is Adrian, Coldwater, Hillsdale, Jackson, partsMichigan of Lansing, Monroe, Saline and Tecumseh.

Within this area of Southeast Michigan, the business of chemistry employs 2,614 individuals and pays $211M in wages. The average wage within the business of chemistry is $80,506—71% higher than the state average.

Why are all of these numbers important? There is a renewed competitiveness in America’s chemical industry. This is helping to create jobs, grow payrolls and generate new tax revenue which is affirming the chemical industry’s role as the cornerstone of our country and state’s economic future.

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How Does Anderson Development Company Stay Competitive With Big Companies?

Anderson Development Company is a pretty small company and many may think we aren’t very competitive. However, about 30% of our products are actually exported, which puts us on the map in regards to competitiveness. How do we accomplish this? By focusing on our customers.

  • Listening: Listen to what the customer need in order for them to be successful and following through for them. The big competitors often won’t listen to what their customers really need.


  • Flexibility: Different customers require different things. The big competitors often wont’ adapt to them. Years ago, Henry Ford told people that they could have any color car they wanted as long as it was black. This approach no longer works, but some bigger companies still think like this!


  • Responsive: Big dinosaurs can’t move quickly! By being responsive, we can move much quicker. We need to have the products they need, when they need them and how they need them!


  • Personal: We can offer our customers a warm, personal experience rather than just being a number. We help our customers solve their problems and give them a good experience. Customers will remember this!


  • Trustworthy: Our customers need to trust us and have faith in us. As a smaller organization, we act ethically and consistently in how we treat our customers. There is no room for error here.



We will always have challenges, but Anderson Development Company strives to be structured and disciplined so that we are sustainable. By being sustainable, we are able to take care of our customers long-term–therefore we are taking care of our People (safety), the Planet (environmental) and Profit. These are all essential. Our focus on our customer and the products they depend on is what defines us.

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Bringing Better Products to Life Through Innovative Specialty Chemicals

Bringing better products to life

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Each Piece Matters! Stepping it up for Recycling at Anderson Development Company

Each Piece Matters!

Stepping it up at Anderson Development

After having such a successful Household Hazardous Waste Day this year, we are keeping with the recycling theme and implementing a paper recycling program here at Anderson Development Company.   Employees have already seen, or will be seeing recycling containers popping up in offices and around the facilities. Orecyle canur amazing cleaning crew will be emptying them for us.  Paper recycling is something minimal we can do to make a huge difference in our community.  Here is just an idea of what we can accomplish here at Anderson:

Recycling one ton of paper:
Saves 4,100 kWh of energy
Saves 9 barrels (380 gallons) of oil
Saves 54 million Btu’s of energy
Saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
Saves 60 pounds of air pollutants being released
Saves 7,000 gallons of water
Saves 17 trees

I want to say thank you for participating in making our Earth a better, cleaner place.  Every little bit helps and we want to make sure that this whole “Earth” thing is around for a little while!  Below are some tips on paper recycling; as well as locations for recycling drop off, tips and stats.  I want to personally challenge everyone to bring these recycling habits into our homes as well.  Each piece matters!

Paper Recycling Tips:

  • Recyclable paper includes: Magazines and catalogs, telephone books, direct mail, brochures, pamphlets and booklets in addition to cereal, cake, chip and cracker boxes.
  • Be sure to remove the liner and all food from the box, flatten the box and place flattened box in a paper sack with your junk mail, mixed paper, magazines and catalogs.
  • Non-recyclable paper includes tissue, waxed and carbon paper.


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Recycling Stats and Tips (where I found some of my information):

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Technology in Motion, Paint it Forward: FOCUS 2016

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Jeff Tish of Anderson Development and current president of Detroit Society for Coatings Technology introducing a key-note speaker for the FOCUS 2016 conference held on May 5, 2016.

Technology in Motion, Paint it Forward was the theme for the 2016 FOCUS conference. The meaning behind this theme is that coatings keep changing. FOCUS, an acronym for Future Of Coatings Under Study, is a premier automotive coatings conference held by the Detroit Society for Coatings Technology (DCST). Our very own Jeffrey Tish, of Anderson Development Company, is the President of DCST.

The coating industry is constantly changing. We must keep working to keep up, to catch up and to lead. There are advances in component design, substrates, coating chemistry, and legal requirements that continue to push change. New coatings are constantly needed to meet the needs for new projects and objectives. FOCUS allows those within the coatings community to come together to get the benefit from experts in the industry and collaborate with one another.

So what makes FOCUS so valuable? This question is easily answered. We can all benefit from the vision of others within the industry. While at FOCUS, attendees can listen to key-note speakers and meet innovators in raw materials, equipment, components, vehicles and other disciplines as well as networking with those who may open doors to possibilities. Each year, FOCUS draws over 200 local industry professionals, chemists and suppliers!

Important topics discussed this year were the advances in chemistry, applications and testing technology, corrosion inhibition, primer advances, substrates, 3D curing, pigment dispersion and many more. Air products, Akzo, Axalta, BASF, Eastman, Ford, PPG, Toyota and Howard & Howard were just some of the presenters from 2016 FOCUS conference.

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Mitsui Chemical’s Safety Day

April 22, 2012 an incident occurred at the resorcinol plant at Mitsui Chemical’s Iwakuni-Ohtake Works. An explosion occurred at 2:15 am claiming the life of one of their employees, along with injuring many employees and community members. Mitsui Chemicals Group has declared April 22 as “Safety Day” to make sure the explosion and fire that happened that day will never be forgotten and to pledge to conduct business activities with safety as a top priority.


But we must never allow our memory of losing Shouta Sunakawa, one of our own, to ever fade. I also want everyone to always keep in mind that our company lost the trust of society because of this accident, and that even four years later, we continue to be in the position where if we were to cause another accident like this, it would affect our survival as a company.

 Since becoming President of this company, I have continuously spoken about the fact that “safety is our highest priority” and that we must cultivate a safety culture in order to securely realize this.

 There are no easy tricks to cultivating a safety culture. It is also not something that can be done overnight. The entire company must return to the basics and steadfastly continue their safety activities in order to cultivate a safety culture. However, with safety, the results are everything. Once an accident occurs, all our efforts come to nothing. Last year, I used the analogy of mountain climbing to say that “We must have the resolution of someone attempting to climb a mountain to reach the highest peak, in our efforts to achieve the best results. I myself am committed to further promoting safety activities as the leader of this organization and I need the entire company to stay the course, work together and continue their steadfast efforts in safety.”

-Tsutomu Tannowa, President & CEO

Since the day of this incident, Mitsui Chemicals has implemented a wide range of safety activities and expanded the fundamental safety measures throughout the company. Tsutomu Tannowa has asked not only Mitsui Chemicals, but their subsidiaries and affiliates to think carefully about what you must do to ensure safety– as safety is for yourself, for your family, for your colleagues and for society.
Whether you are at home, driving your car, or at work, always keep safety as a top priority. Engraining safety into your daily habits will not only help protect yourself, but your family, friends, coworkers and community. While April 22 is declared “Safety Day” as a reminder of the worst possibly situation that can happen, let’s declare every day a safety day so that and incident like this will never occur again.



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Why Safety Matters: An Inside Look at How Anderson Development Company Prioritizes Safety

Your safety attitude probably dates back to when you were a child. Most of us were taught common safety practices at a young age such as looking both ways before crossing a street or not to play with matches. As adults, we are warned not to smoke, not to be out in the sun too long without sunscreen, use caution when operating tools, etc. Although these rules are common and well known, many of us may forget or ignore them from time to time.

At work, some employees neglect safety rules because they are in a hurry, think accidents won’t happen to them, they are tired, or they are careless and/or complacent. Each time an employee engages in unsafe acts, they are taking on a gamble-betting situation that an accident won’t occur. Here at Anderson Development Company (ADC), we are not willing to gamble our health, our lives, or the potential to cause harm to the community.

Anderson Development Company is an active and responsible member of the community in which we operate. We are committed to the protection of the environment, health, safety, and security of our employees and stakeholders. We will meet or exceed all requirements for compliance with regulations governing the operations of our facilities.

Employees of Anderson Development Company play an important role in ensuring safety in our manufacturing operations. We use training programs to ensure that operators are capable of safely operating equipment. Employees are empowered to shut down their process or take the necessary actions if they recognize an unsafe condition. ADC employs highly trained professionals as well. There are a number of elements involved in our process safety management systems including: planned preventative maintenance, process hazard analysis, pre-startup safety review, and management of change.

Anderson Development Company is committed to providing a safe working environment. ADC maintains an active Safety Committee, which meets to openly review, discuss, and improve our overall employee health and safety performance. In addition, all employees participate in our quality, environmental, health, safety, and security “near miss” reporting program which is communicated throughout our entire company to promote awareness and prevent future incidents. ADC employees also periodically participate in job safety analysis (JSA’s) reviews to identify and assess work place hazards

Anderson Development Company is also committed to ensuring the security of chemicals. This includes meeting all of the requirements of governmental agencies, such as OSHA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation, and the American Chemistry Council.

Why is all of this so important to us? It’s pretty simple. Anderson Development Company wants to provide a safe working environment for all employees and send them home in the same condition they came to work in. We want to serve our community in a positive way all while running a global business serving multiple markets and applications in order to make a difference. Creating a climate in our company that is safety focused is the first step in making it all possible.


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