LANXESS employees with students

LANXESS Corporation, who acquired Port of Kalama tenant Emerald Kalama Chemicals in July 2021, has committed $75,000 to help local students explore and prepare for future careers in STEM-related fields. 

The company’s three donations of $25,000 (which will be made over three years) will be managed by Educational Service District 112, and will support paid student summer work experiences organized through Career Connect Southwest (CCSW). 

CCSW has three local networks spanning six Southwest Washington counties (including Cowlitz) that are committed to working with education, business and community partners to develop a skilled workforce that contribute to a strong economic future in local communities.

“Not only do we plan to invest in our facilities and employees here in Southwestern Washington, but we are excited to invest in young people throughout this region. It is important for us to be a good corporate citizen where we work – and that starts with students, the future leaders of the community and of our workforce,” said Matthias Zachert, LANXESS AG CEO during a ceremonial event at Kalama Middle School. “We are hopeful that this program shows our commitment throughout the region to develop a pipeline of talent that will carry us into the future.”

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