Kingsport, Tenn., Oct. 7, 2014 ‚¬ Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) recognized its inventors at the companys annual Inventors Recognition Banquet, held recently at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City, Tenn. The company recognized 204 inventors for their contributions and honored engineering fellow Jerry L. Bewley with the Perley S. Wilcox Award for his long-term contributions to the company and mentorship of colleagues.
Those inventors who were honored work at company sites in the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific Region. Ten inventors were given awards for receiving their first patent, and several others were presented awards for milestone patent achievements.‚ Philip Heidt, Donna Quillen, Michael Shelton, John DErrico and Aristotelis Karagiannis received 10th Patent Awards. Steven Stafford and Kab Seo earned 20th Patent Awards, while Kenny Parker, David Porter, Jerome Stavinoha and Tom Pecorini received the 40th Patent Award.
Eastman also recognized the intellectual property legal staff for their contributions to the invention and patent process.
The Inventors Recognition Banquet is a special evening for Eastman that gives us a chance to honor the contributions of people who are at the forefront of growing our company, said Steve Crawford, senior vice president and chief technology officer. Through their work and insights, our inventors power new innovations and technologies that will fuel our companys continued success.
Crawford was joined by Mark Cox, senior vice president and chief engineering and manufacturing officer, in presenting Bewley with the Perley S. Wilcox Award. Given to recognize long-term innovation that has resulted in business success, the Wilcox Award is the most prestigious award given by Eastmans Technology division, and Bewley is only the fifth person to ever receive it. Bewley, a manager of the Chemical Process Technology Group at Eastman, is one of only four engineering fellows in the history of Eastman.
A native of Elizabethtown, Ky., Bewley earned his bachelors and masters degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky, and he joined Eastman in 1973 at its site in Kingsport, Tenn. Since that time, Bewley has been a major contributor to the company. Crawford said that, in particular, Bewley is a game-changer when it comes to improving projects or chemical processes through energy conservation. Bewley was also a key contributor to the processes that shaped Eastmans chemicals from coal project.
The award is named for an early leader at Eastman who combined his vision for Eastmans industry success with a determination to give back to his community. Perley Wilcox was the first general manager of what was then known as Tennessee Eastman Company, and an early patent issued for Eastman was granted to Wilcox in 1924. Wilcox was also known for his work in the community, especially in leading an effort to establish Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport.
Crawford lauded Bewley, who has been a group leader at Eastman for 35 years, for that same generosity of spirit.
All who know Jerry Bewley have the highest regard for his creativity and professionalism. His work in unit operations design and process optimization has influenced the process design of many of Eastmans plants, Crawford said. And its impossible to calculate the impact he has had on the careers of others. Jerry has mentored and coached young colleagues through the years to help build the next generation of engineers at Eastman.
Jerry certainly embodies the spirit of the Perley Wilcox Award.
About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2013 revenues of approximately $9.4 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit‚ www.eastman.com.