CORECHEM receives Governor’s Award of Excellence for workplace safety

CORECHEM is excited to announce that we have received the Governor’s Award of Excellence for workplace safety and health!

This award demonstrates that the entire team at CORECHEM is committed to our ‘Safety’ value. To receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence, 50,000 man-hours must be worked without a Lost Workday or Restricted Duty Incident. Additionally, the State of Tennessee awards the Governor’s Award of Excellence to just an average of approximately 16 companies per year. The team at CORECHEM is honored to receive this special recognition of our longstanding commitment to safety.

Pictured: Wesley Sherrod, General Manager with David Blessman, TOSHA Voluntary Protection Program Manager.

Employee Spotlight: Cara Rochat

May 4, 2020

This spring, we are spotlighting our Jack-Of-All-Trades, Fountain of Knowledge, proficient and longtime team member Cara Rochat!!

So what’s her ‘official’ title?! Cara serves as the Executive Assistant to our General Manager, Wesley Sherrod. Here she shares a little about her role:

“As Executive Assistant, I do whatever is needed to help Wes keep up with all his responsibilities. I answer questions, make all the product labels, keep up with meetings, coordinate food for staff events, basically fill in where needed and do everything I can to help the process go smoothly. My favorite part of my job is being able to assist others in their job.  I like to know that what I’m doing is making someone else’s job easier.  The most interesting part of my job is to see how the process works and help it run smoothly.

After working at CORECHEM for 11 years, I have worked in many different departments and with a lot of different people.  Working in different departments you get to see and understand why things are done a certain way, and you respect the persons in different departments because no matter what department you are in you are in the most important role to yourself.  Everyone in the business is important or there wouldn’t be a spot for them in our business.  I have worked as an Executive Assistant, Operations Coordination, Customer Service Representative, I have worked with DOT, OSHA, FDA, EPA in the labeling department and in making SDS’.  I have worked in Elim-O Production, I have labeled bottles for others to fill, basically I just do what is needed when it is needed.”

Fun fact about Cara? Everytime she walks through the door at least two people ask her if she brought snacks or food! Seriously, Cara contributes a lot to the company, food and otherwise. In fact, Cara’s extensive knowledge is somewhat legendary amongst her fellow employees. As former co-worker Deanna Ching (nee Holt) used to say solemnly, in answer to every unanswerable question in the front office, “Cara Knows.”

In her spare time, Cara likes to spend time with children, crafting and creating new things. While working from her grandparents’ home during the COVID-19 crisis, Cara snuck out on the weekends and delivered craft kits to all the children in her life. She enjoyed seeing the excitement on their faces when they saw the packages, and seeing the creations they came up with. “Seeing the children happy is my favorite thing,” Cara says. “Also, the personality of every child is different, but they are all joyful and interesting.”

Cara is introverted and likes to spend time alone, despite the fact that she is one of 8 children and doesn’t have much alone time! She enjoys crocheting, and says it’s always more fun if you are trying something for the first time.

Team CORECHEM is pleased to have you as our Spring Spotlight, Cara! Thanks for sharing!

Safety Spotlight: Using a Safety Data Sheet

December 27, 2019

For our end-of-year Safety Spotlight, we’re taking a look at the all-important Safety Data Sheet!

A Safety Data Sheet, or SDS, contains all of the need-to-know information about a chemical in sixteen sections, conveniently arranged in need-to-know order. All of the information you may need in the event of an emergency is covered in the first six sections. The information that will help you to prevent an emergency from occurring in the first place, starts at Section 7.

This format was developed by the United Nations, and is called the Globally Harmonized System, or GHS. Although compliance with GHS is voluntary, it has been adopted by OSHA in the United States, as well as most industrialized countries.

Here are the four questions an SDS addresses, along with the corresponding sections:

  1. What is the chemical and what are its hazards?
    • Section 1- Product & Company Information
    • Section 2- Hazards Identification
    • Section 3- Composition / Information on Ingredients
  2. What should I do if a problem occurs while working with this chemical?
    • Section 4- First-Aid Measures
    • Section 5- Fire-Fighting Measures
    • Section 6- Accidental Release Measures
  3. What precautions should I take to prevent problems while working with this chemical?
    • Section 7- Handling and Storage
    • Section 8- Exposure Controls
    • Section 9- Physical & Chemical Properties
    • Section 10- Stability & Reactivity
  4. Is there anything else I should know about this chemical?
    • Section 11- Toxicological information
    • Section 12- Ecological Information
    • Section 13- Disposal Considerations
    • Section 14- Transportation Information
    • Section 15- Regulatory Information
    • Section 16- Other Information

Team CORECHEM is committed to helping your company stay safe in the New Year. If you’re missing Safety Data Sheets for the chemicals being used in your facility, you can find them on our product pages, or feel free to contact us by phone or email.

Safety Spotlight: Chemical Release Preparedness

September 25, 2019

Aaa, September! In addition to thinking about all things fall, it’s National Preparedness Month. We wanted to be prepared, and help you be prepared, for chemical spills & releases in the workplace.

How do you prepare for a chemical release in the workplace? First and foremost, employees should be familiar with all of the chemicals they work with, as well as their hazards and potential hazards. This information is on the label and the SDS.

If a spill should occur, here are are the questions you should ask yourself:

A) Is it hazardous, or will there be a hazardous reaction because of the release?

If the chemical is an immediate risk, leave the area immediately. You will want to note details such as type of chemical, quantity, and location, and report as quickly as possible. Follow the procedure in your company’s emergency plan for this type of emergency. This may involve measures such as sounding an alarm, evacuating, closing doors, blocking entrances, or wearing an emergency respirator. If the material is flammable, ignition sources in the area should be shut down. The spill will need to be cleaned up by professionals.

B) How big is it? Is it controlled? If not, can it be safely controlled?

If the release is uncontrolled, and you can do so in a safe manner, the first thing you will want to do is stop the release. If it cannot be contained or controlled in a safe manner, it will need to be cleaned up by professionals. Mark the area with a sign, or barricade it to keep workers away until it has been cleaned up.

C) Do you have the equipment, material, and training to clean up the release?

The appropriate material to clean up the release may consist of disposal containers, PPE, a sufficient quantity of the appropriate absorbent material, water, and/or a neutralizing or deactivating chemical, depending on the unique properties of the chemical released. These materials, and/or spill kits, should be stored close to where an accident may occur. Mock spill cleanups can be held (with water) to familiarize employees with the company’s release response procedure.

Safety Spotlight: Heat Stress + PPE

June 25, 2019

The start of the hot weather months has arrived! At CORECHEM, we are diving into Heat Stress training. If you or your employees work in the heat, especially while wearing bulky PPE, Heat Stress training is imperative.

Personal Protective Equipment for Chemical Handling

What is Heat Stress? 

It’s a 95 degree day. Sun is beating down on your back, and you’re pouring up chemicals with sweat dripping off your face. To top it off… you’re wearing a heavy rubber chemical suit.

You may not be entirely comfortable at this point, but when does the discomfort become a medical emergency? Well, here’s what we learned:

When you work in the heat, your body begins to sweat in an effort to cool the body. Sweat evaporation cools the body, but also depletes the body of necessary water and minerals.

Heat Stress: If you aren’t replenishing your body with the necessary fluid and minerals, or if the natural cooling process isn’t working (i.e. sweat cannot evaporate due to bulky PPE), Heat Stress can occur.

So, how do we prevent Heat Stress?

  • Firstly, if you aren’t acclimatized to working in hot conditions, get your body used to it a little at a time.
  • Remember that in high heat your natural thirst won’t be enough. You will have to make a conscious effort to replace the fluid & minerals you are losing.
  • Take breaks and eat light, cool meals.
  • Use a ‘buddy system’ to watch out for each other.
  • If you ignore the warning signs, you may get:

Heat Exhaustion: If your body is not able to re-establish normal fluid and mineral levels after several days of Heat Stress, your body begins to malfunction. This is Heat Exhaustion. Symptoms include: Nausea, Headache, Muscle Aches, Fatigue, Loss of Muscle Coordination, Hyperventilation, Dizziness, Excessive Thirst, Changed Heartbeat, Anger, Anxiety, or Impaired Judgement (affected worker may insist they are ‘fine’).

Heat Stroke: If you continue to ignore the warning signs of heat related illness, you may have a Heat Stroke. This is a serious and life threatening condition when the body can no longer cool itself at all. Symptoms include: Confusion, Fainting, Collapsing, Seizure, Dilated Pupils, Dry Skin, or Extremely High Body Temperature.

Stay safe this summer! Don’t get Heat Stress!

Employee Spotlight: Timothy & Aundrea De Vore

This month, we have a duo Employee Spotlight on Mr. & Mrs. Timothy & Aundrea De Vore!

Tim & Aundi are recent additions to the CORECHEM team but are already making a positive impact. In fact, if you are a customer, there is a good chance Aundrea has already taken your order, arranged your freight, or helped you on the phone. All of us at CORECHEM appreciate this outgoing & friendly couple and their enthusiasm for getting involved and making things happen!

We asked Aundrea to tell us about her role at CORECHEM, as well as a little about herself:

“I joined the CORECHEM team as Customer Service Representative on September 10, 2018. Just three months later, I became our Customer Service Manager. While the opportunity at CORECHEM has been new and exciting thus far, it has also definitely been an adjustment for me.

The most important part of this job is getting to meet our customers and assisting them with any needs they may have. Having been here for several months now, I can say that I have truly enjoyed this, and what I have learned so far. Growing up, I was always taught to find a career that you enjoy while helping others. I believe that I have found the perfect fit for me.

I am currently finishing my bachelor’s degree in Business Management at ECPI University. While studying my degree, I have been able to use some of the knowledge here at CORECHEM. I am hoping to bring new ideas to the table that will help everyone here excel. When I am not at work or studying for school, you can find me outdoors with my husband and two dogs (Camo and Lucy).”

Aundrea’s husband Timothy shared his thoughts with us as well:

“I joined CORECHEM’s production team on January 24, 2019. I have never worked with chemicals before, so being in this environment has definitely been an adjustment for me. I have been learning a lot, not only about the chemical industry but about myself.

I enjoy working for CORECHEM because I feel like I am a part of a team that cares. One thing I have found I like the most is that people at CORECHEM are always willing to help you and help you to challenge yourself, not only on a professional level, but on a personal level as well. That is what is amazing about the culture at CORECHEM.

I dream about going to school to get a degree in Engineering, in either electronics or industrial. My goal in life is to open an orphanage somewhere and to help kids in need. Not only that, I want to give back to God for everything He has blessed me and my beautiful wife with.”

Earlier this month, Timothy & Aundrea took a vacation to the Bahamas. We asked them to give us a recap, in lieu of taking team CORECHEM along! Here’s what they had to say:

“This was truly an experience that we will never forget. We started out by flying to Miami, Florida (Aundrea’s first time flying). We spent the day touring different areas of Florida and diving into their culture.

Once we boarded the cruise ship, we were off to the Bahamas. Our ports included Nassau, Half Moon Cay, and Grand Turk. Each port was unique and offered a lot of new experiences for both of us. Some of our favorite parts were enjoying the crystal blue water, seeing the coral reef and fishes while snorkeling, and soaking in all the sun we could get!

It was amazing to be able to spend this time together, but we are glad to be back at work serving and helping our customers.”

Thanks, Tim & Aundi, we’re glad you’re back, too!

Employee Spotlight : Olivia Pool

This month we would like to put the spotlight on a new team member: Olivia Pool. She joined the CORECHEM team on June 4th, 2018, to fill the much needed role as Supply chain coordinator. Her work here has already more than filled our expectations, and has brought a sense of relief to the entire team. We have asked her to reflect on the job thus far:

June 4th, I joined the CORECHEM team as the Supply Chain Coordinator. In my previous work history, I had been in several different logistics and management positions, but the opportunity at CORECHEM has been a new and unique application of these skills. Having just passed the one-month mark on my tenure, I was asked to take a moment to reflect on my experience to this point. As I considered these four weeks, three ideas came to mind: what I have truly enjoyed about this job, what I have learned so far, and what I hope to accomplish.

Coming in to the job, I expected to be overwhelmed: any company whose product offering is as extensive and knowledge intensive as CORECHEM’s would—naturally—be quite a task to master. In this regard, I have not been disappointed. I told a friend a few days after starting, “It just seems like there aren’t enough hours to the day! I start through my ‘to do’ list, and, the next thing I know, it’s already the end of the day.” The challenge of learning—learning about our products, our transportation channels, and our customers—has certainly kept my mind endlessly occupied. Most particularly the challenges all suppliers, producers and distributors are facing considering the driver shortage in the market was a dynamic I had not previously been truly aware of. I look forward to every day learning better ways to be more effective in my application of all the new knowledge I’m being gifted with. My favorite aspect of the job, thus far, has been the opportunity to learn about the various businesses with which we partner. To see all the vibrant and successful businesses in our community and the broader world using the products we provide to solve problems and make products that help people has been truly eye opening. American industry and the unique people who have built it never cease to amaze me. I have loved the opportunities I have had to talk with these hard-working people and learn how I can better make the work they do more seamless and effective. I take very seriously the responsibility I have been given to be a part of the daily workings of other people’s businesses, and I am eager to learn how I can fulfill this responsibility better as I learn and develop.

As I approached this new opportunity—considering what I wanted to accomplish in this new work—I hope to bring a sense of ownership to my work in the supply chain. Ownership in the sense that I treat this job with the same kind of seriousness and industry that I would if I owned the entire company, but also by looking at my work in supply chain here as though I owned our customer’s businesses. If I were a customer of CORECHEM , what priorities and convictions would I want the person in charge of acquiring my components and inventory to have. I have always enjoyed bringing this mindset to my previous pays of employment, and I’m eager to discover the ways I can apply these principles here. I’m so excited to have the chance!

Team Building

Each month at our staff meeting, CORECHEM Inc. employees join in a team building activity, employees are inspired to work together. We are encouraged to communicate, trust, innovate and strategize to complete, and maybe even “win” the challenge.

Here at CORECHEM Inc., we believe that culture is what we make it. If we want a culture that is fun and encourages growth and inspires teamwork and innovation, effort must be put into it. As in any culture, we realize that it starts at the leadership level. We choose activities that help sculpt our culture into one that allows each of us to be unique contributors to a vision that is broader and bigger than any one of us but would not be possible without each member of our team. It is our goal that, by getting ourselves out of our comfort zone and into a challenging situation, we learn to respect our team members and contribute our talents to the end goal. During these activities we encourage behaviors that are healthy to our team in a fun environment, so we can recognize the same behaviors and talents in our everyday tasks.

This month, our activity highlighted the principles of communication and trust. Each employee was paired up with an employee from a different department and told to sit back to back. One of the partners received a picture, and the other a piece of blank paper. The object was to tell the person with the blank piece of paper how to draw the picture without telling them what the picture was.  The results were impressive!

Other activities have included putting questions inside balloons and tossing them to each other, taping pair words on one another’s backs and asking questions to find the match, and building bridges out of pasta, and much more. Each activity has helped us grow together as a team.  

Tennessee Association Of Utility Districts ( TAUD) Operator Expo


The TAUD ( Tennessee Association Of Utility Districts) Operator Expo is held at the Wilson County Fairgrounds in Lebanon,Tennessee. Its purpose is to exhibit vendors and provide demonstrations from experts in the utility industry, while giving other utility professionals from across the state the chance to meet and talk. Meet us at the TAUD Operator Expo in Lebanon, Tennessee on May 17th 2018! We look forward to seeing you there!




Women In Water

On March 1st, TAUD announced the formation of Women in Water, a TAUD networking group “dedicated to women actively engaged in the water and waste water profession” [Greg Baker, TAUD Newsletter]. Our own Chloe Pool had the honor of being the first topic presenter for Women in Water at the March 7th gathering in Alcoa, TN.
Before Women in Water’s establishment, Chloe enjoyed an informal gathering of women in the water industry, the first of which was a lunch involving Dina Gouge of Southeastern Tank, Ashley Pealer-Richards of J.R. Wauford, Kathy Quartermaine of TN 811, Jenna Hazelet of ServLine, and Carolyn Rambo of Pinnacle Financial Partners, with hopes of the network growing over time. Each of these women now serve on the Women in Water committee, joined by First Utility District of Knoxville’s Kena Hyers and April Cansler. Chloe explained that “TAUD continually demonstrates such willingness to support the water and waste water industry in a variety of ways—and they continue to do so through the establishment of Women in Water, which is growing every day.” She expressed her thankfulness “to be part of the supportive TAUD family.”
TAUD’s Women in Water was formed to support the expanding presence of women in the industry. Dina Gouge, a committee member of Women in Water as well as associate member of TAUD, describes the purpose of the group being to “discuss issues important to women in the workplace.” For additional information regarding Women in Water, please feel free to contact Chloe Pool (, any of Women in Water’s committee members, or TAUD directly at

The Women in Water logo was designed by April Cansler