Monthly Archives: September 2012

Barbecue For Our Troops – Helping the country through the community

At Celanese we believe in giving back. Recently I had the opportunity to do that, and give back to those who serve in the US Army.

I work at the Clear Lake, Texas plant and volunteer with a program called “BBQ For Our Troops.”

BBQ for Our Troops is a non-profit, volunteer initiative “To honor those who protect our freedoms, and their loved ones, with the hospitality of the uniquely American meal of barbecue.” Why does this mean so much to me?  I get the honor of cooking and serving your typical backyard barbecue picnic of meat and sides, active duty American soldiers and wounded soldiers.  

This is the fourth time I’ve helped with the project and the second time my…

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Florence Site Highlights Safety Best Practice

It was intern training day 2011 for Celanese and there I was, sitting in Florence, Kentucky, waiting for orientation to end and excited to start my new internship.  We watched the site safety video, filled out some forms, and heard numerous other lectures about job-related safety.  At the time, I figured that safety education began and ended on orientation day.  I had learned how to be safe, what else was there to know?  Wow, was I wrong.  I immediately learned that safety at Celanese was first and foremost on everyone’s mind.  “Safety First” wasn’t simply a catchy slogan around the office, it was a credo, a way of life.  Throughout my summer in Florence from the business office to operations, safe practices were taught, discussed and acted upon.

Fast forward to summer 2012 and my second internship at Celanese.  I began orientation day at the Bishop, Texas, site in much the same way as the previous year, except this time the culture of safety was already something I was used to – until I arrived at my department the Reliability Engineering Group in the Reliability and Maintenance Section.  Here safety is taking on a whole new meaning thanks to the innovative ideas of several mechanics and maintenance staff.  The site leadership places an active emphasis on safety, personalizes it, and fosters a family environment.  Characteristics like “Family,” “Attitude,” and “Brother’s Keeper” encourage everyone to look out for each other and speak up when they see something unsafe.

The responsibility is on everyone – not just site leadership.  Even as an intern I know…

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Paying It Forward – Investing in Our Community

Have you ever had a day where you are told how great you are? Or called a “Rock Star” no matter which direction you turned? How about receiving not just one or two notes of thanks and praise, but a handful of personal cards and letters with heartfelt notes of appreciation recognizing your phenomenal acts of kindness? That was my day at MC Lively Elementary School in Irving. 

On behalf of Celanese, we gave 900 students school supply items, customized T-shirts and backpacks. Students could barely contain their excitement as Celanese volunteers paraded up and down hallways handing out backpacks with school supplies and T-shirts. Several students said that they would never be able to afford these types of necessary school items without…

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Celanese TCX Technology® Can Reduce Indonesia’s $12 Billion Annual Gasoline Subsidy

I recently returned from another trip to Jakarta, the third time in as many months given the significant progress being made in the country.  The Celanese team has kicked off the work with Pertamina as defined in our Joint Statement of Cooperation and it was rewarding to see the progress they have achieved.  As a reminder, Celanese announced its intention to jointly develop projects with Pertamina, the leading state owned oil and gas company in Indonesia, to convert local coal resources to ethanol using Celanese’s TCX® ethanol technology for use as a transportation fuel in the country.  While in Indonesia, I had the opportunity to meet with the US Ambassador to Indonesia, Scot Marciel, at the Ambassador’s residence.  The Embassy has been very supportive of our efforts and has provided instrumental insight and support into the opportunity.

Ambassador Marciel hosted a reception with members of “Commission VII” of the Indonesian Parliament to discuss the fuel ethanol project between…

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