ChemicoMays CEO Leon Richardson Receives Third Consecutive MMSDC Diamond Award

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Veteran entrepreneur recognized by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council at its 31st annual award ceremony

Complementing the company’s recent celebration of its 25th anniversary, ChemicoMays (Chemico) today announced that its president and CEO, Leon Richardson, has been awarded the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s (MMSDC) Diamond Award for the third consecutive year. Given annually to only one minority business owner, the award was presented at the 31st Annual Awards Program: Celebrating the Stars of Supplier Diversity, held on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at the Max Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

“I am humbled to again receive the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council’s Diamond Award,” said Leon C. Richardson, Chemico’s president and CEO. “This recognition from such an important organization in our community is an incredible honor. We are committed to diversity in all facets of the company and this award is evidence of that commitment.”

Richardson, a veteran, as well as an entrepreneur, worked in a number of automotive supply positions after leaving military service. Focusing on the chemistry that supports the manufacturing process, he was a top salesman at a leading chemical company before launching Chemico in 1989. Over 25 years, Richardson has taken the company from a start-up with two employees, to a multi-national corporation with over 250 employees and more than $66 million in sales. Initially focused on the automotive industry, the company has now expanded its portfolio to include heavy manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology, and academia, supporting 60 client facilities across the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

“We are delighted to award Leon Richardson the Diamond Award for the third consecutive year,” said, Louis Green, MMSDC president and CEO. “Richardson exemplifies the spirit of minority entrepreneurs and a dedication to supplier diversity, which is exactly what this award was intended to recognize. He is a valuable asset to our business community.”

Every year, more than 700 business leaders attend the annual MMSDC award ceremony, which honors the individuals, corporations and minority owned businesses that lead in the category of supplier diversity. Among those who attended, 21 individuals and companies, spanning various industries, were awarded. Malcolm Maddox, Channel 7 weekend anchor, emceed the event, which also included special remarks from General Motor’s Vice President of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, Grace Lieblein.

About ChemicoMays, LLC
ChemicoMays specializes in providing an integrated solution for the chemical lifecycle – from sourcing and procurement, to lean hands-on management, through environmentally conscious disposal. Founded in 1989, the organization has continued to experience positive growth year over year since its inception.
ChemicoMays serves customers across a variety of industries including automotive, aerospace, biotech and pharmaceuticals. The company operates more than 50 sites throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. ChemicoMays’ past and current customers include General Motors, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, Eaton, Toyota, Boeing, Amgen, Delphi and Honeywell. For more information, visit

The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. The MMSDC advances this mission by facilitating over $20 billion annually in business contracts between corporations and certified minority business enterprises (MBEs). Founded in 1977, the MMSDC certifies minority businesses, provides access to procurement opportunities, and develops capacity for minority business development. The Michigan Council has been recognized by the National Minority Supplier Development Council as “Regional Council of the Year” three times since 2007 for its work with major corporations to promote minority business development. For more information about the MMSDC, visit


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