The award was presented during ACC’s 2022 Responsible Care and Sustainability Conference.
The Responsible Care program is the chemical manufacturing industry’s environmental, health, safety, and security performance initiative. The 2022 Partner of the Year Award recognizes ACC partners with superb performance and safety records in the distribution, transportation, storage, use, treatment, disposal, and sales and marketing of chemicals.
“To be recognized as Responsible Care Partner of the Year three times in four years is an honor and reflects the level of commitment displayed by our family of employees and drivers,” said Rick Lusby, Highway Transport’s vice president of safety. “Being a leading example of safety in an industry where responsibility matters is an emphasis for Highway Transport.
“As we continue to grow and expand our services and solutions, safety always will be our foundation.”
Knoxville-based Highway Transport, which provides bulk transportation of specialty chemicals, became a Responsible Care Partner in 2005 and was recognized as Partner of the Year in 2019. The company was named Partner of the Year again in 2021 and this year.
“We are committed to safety, and our employees and drivers have worked hard to achieve this milestone for the second year in a row,” Lusby said. “Our entire Highway Transport family celebrates this important achievement.”
The ACC recognized Responsible Care Partner Companies that are committed to open and transparent safety reporting and undergo mandatory audits at their headquarters and facilities to verify performance.
“Our promise to our customers, employees and the open road is not just chemical transportation,” said Marshall Franklin, Highway Transport president and CFO. “It is an unwavering dedication to safety, service, community, and sustainability. We are committed to transparency, whether that is providing customers access to location and temperature monitoring in real time through TempTrack or safety performance reporting through Responsible Care.”
For more than 30 years, Responsible Care Partner companies have enhanced their performance and improved the health and safety of their employees, the communities in which they operate, and the environment as a whole.
Responsible Care is a global initiative that began in Canada in 1984, was enacted by the U.S. chemical industry in 1988, and today is practiced in 68 economies around the world.