Meet Chris Coletta, Operations Engineer, Light Stabilizers production unit at BASF
Chris Coletta is an operations engineer for the Light Stabilizers production unit at the BASF McIntosh site, where he began working in 2015. The unit produces a variety of plastic additives that provide increased light stability in performance plastic products. Chris grew up in Spanish Fort, Alabama and attended Daphne High School. He received his Bachelors of Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and is working on his Masters in Engineering from the University of Colorado.
When not working, Chris enjoys surfing and water sports at the beach and on the bay. “Growing up on the coast, I gained an appreciation for activities that bring me closer to nature,” Chris says. “Activities such as surfing and fishing allow me the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of our coast, and they have helped me gain a greater appreciation for our responsibility, as manufacturers, to our environment. I really enjoy the opportunity to work at a company where we work hard to ensure we operate in the most environmentally friendly ways possible.”
BASF is best-known for creating chemistry, however its 600 employees at the BASF site in McIntosh, Alabama and its 112,000 employees worldwide have also earned recognition and awards for consistently working to balance economic success with environmental protection, social responsibility and safety for employees.
With its long history of strong compliance in regulatory compliance, the BASF location in McIntosh has built excellent relationships with regulatory agencies, particularly for its processes surrounding air, water and waste. The site has extensive experience in managing State Indirect Discharge (SID) Permits for wastewater treatment, and was presented with the Award for Excellence in Wastewater Treatment from Alabama’s Water Environment Association in both 2007 and 2010.
The McIntosh facility has also earned Environmental Stewardship Awards from PEP in 2011, 2012, and 2013 for its waste-to-energy initiative and byproduct synergies with local industry. The site garnered national recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2011, earning the Excellence Award. The American Chemistry Council also recognized BASF McIntosh in 2015 for implementing energy efficiency improvements and minimizing waste.