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LANXESS Donates Hundreds of Backpacks and School Supplies to Detroit Organizations

September 6, 2013 | ARISE Detroit! Staff

LANXESS Corp., a global specialty chemicals producer with strong ties to the automotive industry, has partnered with ARISE Detroit! to provide nearly 800 book bags and school supplies to seven Detroit community groups dedicated to helping city children.

Flemming B. Bjoernslev, president and CEO of LANXESS Corp. and employee volunteers will spend the day filling the bags with pens, pencils, notebooks, calculators and periodic tables followed by a special presentation at a news conference Monday, August 26, at the Wellness Annex of the Samaritan Center at 3:30 p.m. The center is located at 5555 Conner St., 48213 on Detroit’s east side. Representatives and volunteers from the organizations along with children receiving the filled book bags will be on hand.

“LANXESS is proud to partner with ARISE Detroit!, an organization committed to making a positive impact within the community,” said Flemming B. Bjoernslev, president and CEO of LANXESS Corp. “Education is one of LANXESS’ core values. We want to play an integral role in furthering the education of young people in the region.”

LANXESS  is providing the school supplies in connection with their Automotive Day Detroit conference to be held at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel on August 27. The industry platform brings together experts from the automotive industry, engineers, government and media representatives focusing on new technologies that enable manufacturers to meet the standards for CAFE and greenhouse emissions.

“We are thrilled that LANXESS Corp. has extended a hand to help Detroit’s school children and glad that ARISE Detroit! can play a supporting role in that effort,” said Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “This is another strong indication that as Detroiters help themselves; others will step forward to help in the city’s comeback effort.” 

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 9.1 billion in 2012 and roughly 17,500 employees in 31 countries. The company is currently represented at 52 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. LANXESS is a member of the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) World and FTSE4Good as well as the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).For more information, CLICK HERE


AYSIA CDC, Detroit Parent Network, Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints-Detroit Community Outreach; Alkebul-an Village, Ravendale Community, Backpacking For Success, The Youth Connection.


Funded by the Kresge Foundation, ARISE Detroit! is a nonprofit coalition of more than 400 organizations, promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to create a better Detroit.

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