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BASF's McKulka receives National Paint & Coatings Association's highest honor

Published on 2004-11-23. Author : SpecialChem

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Frank E. McKulka, Executive Vice President of BASF Corporation and President of the company's plastics, coatings and fine chemicals businesses, received the National Paint & Coatings Association's (NPCA) highest honor, the George Baugh Heckel Award, at the association's 117th annual meeting in Chicago.

The Heckel Award is given to an individual who has distinguished himself through contributions to a major industry success or the advancement of an NPCA goal. According to Andy Doyle, President of NPCA, "McKulka's foresight and efforts in helping NPCA launch CLEARCorps, the Community Lead Education and Reduction Corps, have been instrumental to its success in cities across the United States." CLEARCorps is a program targeted at reducing lead exposure to at-risk children and educating communities in inner-cities most at risk about the hazards of lead poisoning.

McKulka's involvement with CLEARCorps began in the mid-1990s, when NPCA began investigating a joint public service partnership with the Shriver Center in Baltimore, an organization known for its work in addressing inner-city problems. Even though BASF has no historical affiliation with house paint containing lead and the lingering problem of childhood lead exposure, McKulka committed his company to undertake a major community project on behalf of Detroit's mayor and business community that resulted in a CLEARCorps chapter being established there.

At the time, CLEARCorps was just becoming established as a public-private partnership with its support coming from government sources, AmeriCorps® volunteers, and a substantial amount from NPCA and its member companies. Thanks largely to McKulka, BASF dedicated more than $500,000 in grants, advisory services and employee support to the CLEARCorps program.

Doyle said that McKulka's extraordinary commitment to CLEARCorps illustrates his "leadership, vision and sense of volunteerism on behalf of society at large. He is equally committed to advancing the interests of the paint and coatings industry, as witnessed by his 'roll-up-the-sleeves' efforts as a member of the NPCA Board of Directors and Executive Committee."

McKulka will retire from BASF, effective December 31, 2004, and plans to continue to be involved in community outreach activities.

He held various positions in the housing construction industry before joining the former BASF Wyandotte Corporation in 1978 as Manager of Financial Systems and Economic Evaluation. McKulka progressed through a number of executive positions in the company's Coatings and Colorants, Automotive Refinish and Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Coatings operations.

McKulka's current role as Executive Vice President includes responsibility for BASF's Coatings (automotive and industrial), Fine Chemicals (human and animal nutrition, cosmetic and pharma ingredients), Engineering Plastics, Polyurethanes, Styrenics and Agricultural Products businesses in North America, as well the company's operations in Mexico.

He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Plastics Council, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Board of Directors for CLEARCorps/USA and on the Board of Advisors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.

McKulka is married and has two grown sons. He received his master's degree in business administration, majoring in finance, from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., in 1973 and holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Detroit.

National Paint & Coatings Association

NPCA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association representing some 350 paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers and distributors. As the preeminent organization representing the paint and coatings industry in the United States, NPCA's primary role is to serve as ally and advocate on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues at the federal, state and local levels.

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BASF Corporation, headquartered in New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF AG, Ludwigshafen, Germany. We employ about 11,000 people in North America and had sales of approximately $9 billion in 2003.

BASF is the world's leading chemical company. Our goal is to grow profitably and further increase the value of our company. We help our customers to be more successful through intelligent system solutions and high-quality products. BASF's portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products, agricultural products and fine chemicals to crude oil and natural gas. Through new technologies we can tap into additional market opportunities. We conduct our business in accordance with the principles of sustainable development. In 2003, BASF had sales of approximately $42 billion. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA), New York (BF), Paris (BA) and Zurich (AN).

Source: BASF

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