Council welcomes new members

MILL?HALL – The Croda Inc. Community Advisory Council recently welcomed four new members to the all-volunteer advisory group for its Mill Hall facility. Area residents Donald Grant, Karen Gugino, Jim Vaiana and Darlene Weaver joined the CAC, which was established in 2001 to better educate community members about Croda and to enhance peoples’ understanding of the local manufacturer, according to a news release.

A Flemington resident, Grant serves as pastor of the Hillview Wesleyan Church in Flemington, and also is an active member of the Mill Hall Fire Co.

Gugino is a retired child care provider. A Lock Haven resident, she is a former member of Lock Haven City Council and the City and Clinton County planning commissions.

Vaiana serves as environmental and sustainability director at First Quality Tissue in Lock Haven. He resides in Bellefonte.

Weaver is a Lock Haven resident who serves as vice president for the three Clinton County branch offices of M&T Bank.

The new members join other local residents on the council, including Kevin Fanning, Mike Flanagan, Tina Geyer, Brian Martin, Paige McCaleb, Gary Mellott, Jim Merinar, Chadd Miller and Shannon Tyson. Emilie Oishi, Croda manager of safety, health and environment, serves as leader for the advisory council.

Each of the new members, the news release said, will serve a three-year term on the council. They replace outgoing members April Strouse, Michelle Walizer and Tom Walker, whose terms on the Advisory Council recently ended.

Croda operates the Mill Hall manufacturing facility in Bald Eagle Township. Croda offers a global network, servicing the specialty chemicals needs in the sectors of consumer care (personal care, health care and crop care), performance technologies (home care, additives for polymers, polymers and coatings, lubricant additives and processed vegetable oils) and industrial chemicals (base oleochemicals). Croda Inc., the news release said, is committed to protecting the health and safety of employees, neighbors and community, as well as the quality of our environment. Croda Inc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Croda International PLC, a U.K.-based manufacturer and world-wide supplier of natural based specialty chemicals that are sold to virtually every type of industry.