Pictured above – Sparta Site Manager Andy Schmitt (left) speaking with Sen. Marsha Blackburn (center) and White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson (right) in BASF’s Sparta facility.

She along with local officials and BASF management toured the facility

Sparta – BASF says they create chemistry for a sustainable future.

The company uses chemicals and materials to create industrial solutions, surface technologies and agricultural solutions for a variety of products across the landscape. On Monday, May 22, Senator Marsha Blackburn paid a visit to the Sparta Tennessee facility as she made the rounds in the Upper Cumberland to talk to officials in both business and government.

She along with local officials and BASF management toured the facility.

Blackburn wanted to “tour the facilities and learn more about BASF and the work being done in Sparta, including its workforce development programs,” According to a release to the Upper Cumberland Business Journal. “The Senator also spent time with the BASF team to answer questions and hear about opportunities and challenges.”

Pictured from l. to r. in back row: Jeff Blackwood, Kenneth Temple, Karissa Temple, Leanne Thornton, Kyle Goff, Diane Trombley, Brian Tupper, Jorge Morales Melgoza, Brooke Luna, Lilia Ham Chow, John DiCicco. Pictured from l. to r. in Front Row: Andy Schmitt, Senator Marsha Blackburn, White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson, Emily Combs, Ginger Clouse

BASF says opportunities to discuss the political and social climate with political figures is a way to understand the economic environment.

“BASF pursues a constructive dialog with its societal stakeholders to ensure and improve its license to operate and as part of its commitment to developing sustainable solutions together with partners,” reads BASF.com. “This exchange allows us to respond to changes in our environment, to understand trends and to anticipate regulatory expectations and developments, in order to effectively advocate for.”

The company has 12 divisions aggregated into six segments based on business models. It says those segments manage 50 global and regional business units and develop strategies and products.

“At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future,” according to BASF.com. “We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world.”

Photos courtesy of Marsha Blackburn.

Ron Moses is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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