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Chemicothe largest veteran-owned, minority-owned chemical management firm in the nation, has received the prestigious 2022 Overdrive Award from General Motors (GM) during the automaker’s recent 31st annual Supplier of the Year awards event in San Antonio, Texas. Chemico is one of only 16 companies to earn an Overdrive award for 2022, and this is the first time they have received this particular accolade. However, the company has been named a GM Supplier of the Year seven consecutive times from 2009 to 2015 and again in 2020.

Chemico CEO Leon C. Richardson (center) accepts the 2022 Overdrive award from Sham Kunjur, GM global director of purchasing, electrification and fuel cells (left) and Anirvan Coomer, GM executive director of electrification and fuel cell systems (right).

The Overdrive award is a distinction that is reserved for suppliers who display outstanding achievement across the Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization’s key priorities. These include sustainability, innovation, relationships, total enterprise cost, launch excellence, and safety. Chemico was acknowledged for nurturing their relationship with GM and their “out of the box” solution to helium shortages.

Chemico has been committed to adding value to their customers’ supply chains, employees’ lives, and the communities in which they operate since their inception in 1989. The company specializes in integrated solutions for the entire chemical lifecycle — from procurement to on-site inventory management to environmentally conscious disposal. They are the largest veteran-owned, minority-owned chemical management firms in the nation.

Jeff Morrison, GM vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, said, “We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding suppliers after yet another challenging year in the automotive industry. They overcame countless obstacles and exemplified what it means to be resilient, resourceful, and determined. Beyond that, these suppliers demonstrated their commitment to sustainable innovation and to driving advanced solutions in collaboration with the GM team.”


Each year, the Supplier of the Year and Overdrive award recipients are selected by a global, cross-functional GM team for their performance in criteria such Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics.

Chemico Group is comprised of two distinct business entities — Chemico LLC (chemical management) and Chemico Systems (chemical products and distribution). With 50 locations and more than 450 employees across the US and Mexico, the company is poised for significant growth. In addition, Chemico has entered a strategic partnership with DuBois Chemicals, which has been providing comprehensive product portfolios including value-added chemical solutions and process improvements for industrial manufacturing, cleaning, and water treatment applications since 1920. The partnership combines two market leaders creating a comprehensive portfolio of products, services, and technical support.

“We are honored to receive the 2022 Overdrive award from General Motors,” said Leon C. Richardson, president, and CEO of Chemico. “This recognition would not have been possible without the lasting collaborative relationship we’ve enjoyed with GM and the unwavering commitment to service, quality, and excellence demonstrated by our team each day. This award also illustrates the mission we’ve maintained since 1989 — to add value to our customer’s supply chain, add value to the lives of our employees, and add value to the communities in which we live and work.”

Chemico’s broad portfolio is used in customer facilities across the automotive, aerospace, electronics, and healthcare industries, as well as the defense sector. For more information on Chemico, visit their website at

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