Newton, Galileo, Edison, Nobel, Pauling, Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir…..you might expect to find protégés of the first four scientists at Elevance, but would it surprise you to find one of the three artists listed?
Our employees explored their artistic side by creating original works of art for display at Elevance’s new office location in Woodridge, Illinois. Individuals and teams were challenged to help decorate the halls of our new building.
Elevance provided the supplies and the employees and families provided the creativity and talent. The results were as varied and impressive as our team and provide a striking addition to our offices.
Contributions included The Catalyst & Chemicals Technology Team with the theme of Natural Transition; the Sales and Market Development Team work entitled Metamorphosis; our Application Development & IP Legal contributed Entropy; and members of our Leadership team (or their families) each contributed paintings.
It’s a pleasure to work with such talented people!
Illinois state representative Emily McAsey recently paid a visit to Elevance to learn about our needs and interests as a growing company in her district. K’Lynne Johnson, CEO, and Andy Shafer, executive vice president of sales and marketing, provided McAsey a closer look into the operations at our headquarters in Woodridge and shared thoughts on the current state of economic development and pending legislation in Illinois.
During the visit, McAsey toured our facility, met Elevance employees and learned more about Elevance’s business and technology.
Emily McAsey has been a member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 2008. Her current legislative priorities include punishment of political corruption and working to revive the state’s economy.
We appreciate Representative McAsey taking the time to ask about our concerns and priorities and her efforts in the Illinois legislature to address the many issues Illinois faces to ensure the State remains an attractive place to do business.
Earlier this spring, Elevance hosted Chemistry students from Northern Illinois University (NIU) for a day of information and networking. The students took a tour of the facility and spoke with employees about Elevance, its technology and the chemical industry.
NIU Professor Timothy Hagen arranged for the group of 11 undergraduate and graduate chemistry students and members of NIU’s Chem Club and organic chemistry class to visit Elevance.
Steve DiBiase, our Chief Science Officer, hosted a question and answer session and provided a tour of our office and labs. Students were able to meet with a number of our employees, including current Elevance employees who are graduates of the NIU chemistry program: Dr. Kathleen O’Leary Havelka and Amy Dalby (NIU B.S.).
NIU posted a description of their visit is posted on their website: http://www.chembio.niu.edu/chembio/news/archive/2012/elevance_visit.shtml
Dr. Hagan, we look forward to hosting you and your students again.
As you may know, Elevance welcomed Kevin Diesen as the plant manager for Elevance’s bio-refinery in Natchez, Mississippi to the Elevance family. Kevin is a native of Illinois and moved to Natchez in November with his family to take on the plant manager position.
He was interviewed by the Natchez Democrat and gave an update on the progress of plant operations and Elevance’s biodiesel production in Natchez as we work to retrofit the plant into a biorefinery.
In the time that Kevin has been at Elevance, the employees at the Natchez plant have participated in various community events including the Junior Auxiliary of Natchez’s River City Run for the Kids. Kevin has also met with local schools and colleges to develop training programs for students wanting to learn more about engineering, chemistry and science.
Welcome Kevin to the team and we look forward to more good work in Natchez.