Together with the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) and the Manufacturing Institute, Dixie Chemical is trying to encourage our future workforce to consider
chemical manufacturing as a career choice.
Chemical Manufacturing at a Glance
As part of the Dream It, Do It campaign, the organizations have joined forces to create a brochure that highlights why chemical manufacturing is so fascinating and crucial to our world, both at a regional and worldwide level. Titled Manufacturing Magic: An Inside Look into the Magic of Chemical Manufacturing Careers, the brochure is quick to point out that details of every day life, including the physical production of the brochure in hand, are products of the essential specialty chemicals industry.
Specialty anhydrides are added to paper to keep ink in place. Petrachemicals help drive the cars and planes we use on a daily basis. Standard home products like appliances and toys require chemical manufacturing, as do more specialty products like soaps, detergents and makeup. The industry is literally all around us, making a difference in countless lives. So why not encourage our youth to make a difference and become a chemical operator or chemical manufacturer?
A Sit Down with a Dixie Chemical Operator
One of the best ways to narrow down a career field is to ask questions of someone knee-deep in the industry. So Dixie Chemical, a leading producer of specialty anhydrides, offered up the insight of one their key chemical operators, Micah Barnes. Here is a brief excerpt of the Q&A:
Q: Why chemical manufacturing?
A: Manufacturing has been in my family for generations. I am a third generation operator, and I realized in high school that I love things like woodworking, drafting, and programs like Auto-CAD. I enjoy what I do because every day is different. And seeing something go from a beginning stage with raw material to an end state maes me feel like I’ve achieved something.
Q: What’s most exciting about what you do?
A: Dixie Chemical is cutting edge in specialty chemicals and is always coming up with new processes. I have also been given the opportunity to train others and pass along the skills and knowledge I have to make others better employees.
The full brochure also includes average pay ranges for chemical manufacturers, benefits offered by companies like Dixie Chemical, and how to get resources and training through SOCMA. Read the full Manufacturing Magic brochure and visit the Manufacturing Institute for more information.
About Dixie Chemical Company
Since 1946, Dixie Chemical has been committed to manufacturing high-quality, high-performance chemical products that improve our world. With 300 customers in 25 countries, Dixie Chemical is a proven partner for open innovation in thermoset materials, alkaline paper sizing, and fuel and lube markets. For more information, visit www.dixiechemical.com.