May 15, 2018

Jenny Gaines
Senior Director, Communications & Engagement
(571) 348-5110

Arlington, VA – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) and Chemicals America are pleased to announce they are partnering to bring you Specialty & Custom Chemicals America, February 11-14, 2019, in Fort Worth, TX.

The new event is an extension of the popular Specialty & Agro Chemicals America Show held each September in Charleston, SC, and organized by Tom Leahy, a longtime trade show executive.

“SOCMA has always played an important role in fostering commercial connections and business growth, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Tom to once again offer our members and other specialty, fine and custom chemical industry manufacturers and service providers an opportunity to connect with existing and potential business partners within the supply chain,” said Jennifer Abril, SOCMA President and CEO. “Tom has created an atmosphere with his Charleston show that members within our industry value. And in working together with Tom on this new endeavor, we are returning to our roots, where we plan to recapture the value a trade show can offer and make it a primary focus of this association once again.”

“I am excited to be aligning the new Texas show with SOCMA, a valued brand within the specialty, fine and custom chemicals industry,” said Leahy. “SOCMA member companies were among the first to support our September trade show back when it started in 2012, and member representatives have continued to be key ‘sounding board’ advisors as that show has grown. Our company’s recent decision to join SOCMA as an affiliate member has been one tangible way of returning this industry support. I believe partnering together on this inaugural February event will provide an even greater platform for offering fellow member companies the business networking forum they have been missing, plus offer the broader specialty and industrial chemical industry a focused meeting forum at the start of the calendar year, to complement the value our current show brings to the specialty and agrochemical markets each September.”

“There is already a buzz within the industry about the Texas show, and more than 100 exhibit spaces have already been reserved,” Leahy said. “Based on our history in Charleston, and the proximity of Fort Worth to a core of the chemical manufacturing industry in Texas and neighboring states, we anticipate more than 1,000 attendees at our inaugural event.”

In addition to travel accessibility, SOCMA and Chemicals America chose Fort Worth for many of the same reasons that SOCMA members have valued past show locations – a small-town charm and walkable downtown, with big-city amenities and numerous quality restaurants, shopping and other cultural attractions. Fort Worth is known as the City of Cowboys and Culture, so along that same vein, SOCMA will host a Monday evening “Cowboys and Chemicals” kick-off dinner. “For those who remember some of our former SOCMA events, this will be a casual evening that is a prime opportunity for networking with members and others within the industry before the week gets under way,” Abril said.

Online registration is now open for trade show exhibitors, individual attendees and SOCMA’s Cowboys & Chemicals networking event. Registration options and pricing for the Texas week of events can be viewed here:      

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