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Affiliations and Memberships

Since 1928 we have conducted ourselves with integrity and foresight in areas such as community involvement, environmental responsibility, and resource stewardship. The Smith brothers were sensitive to these needs dating back to the 1920’s. Today GFS holds leadership and membership positions on numerous associations to foster the role of chemistry and science.
GFS Chemicals is a proud member of The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates. SOCMA has three daily directives:

  • To increase public confidence in the chemical industry.
  • To influence the passage of rational laws and regulations that allow members to operate in a productive manner as good corporate citizens.
  • To accelerate members’ growth by maximizing commercial and networking opportunities.


SOCMA Chemsteward program (Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association) The program fosters continuous improvement in EHS&S (Environmental, Health, Safety & Security) performance to support overall operational excellence. Participation leads to improved business practices relating to EHS&S performance, enhanced interactions with employees and the community, and heightened efficiency of plant processes and personnel. GFS is committed to enhancing site security, implementing a third-party verified management system, and tracking and reporting on EHS&S metrics.
GFS Chemicals has had a member serving on the American Chemical Society Committee on Analytical Reagents since 1983.
GFS Chemicals has several managers serving on The ASTM Methods Committee for since 2002.
GFS Chemicals is an active member of the Laboratory Products Association. The mission of the Laboratory Products Association is to provide its members with unique opportunities in networking, market information, and education enabling them to constantly improve their global and commercial success.
GFS Chemicals is a member company of the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) and has been the recipient of several honors including “The Award for Excellence in Environmental, Health, Safety, and Security Performance.

The awards recognize effective, vital, and sustainable programs that have resulted in measurable enhancements to company performance, and the commitment to working in close collaboration withgovernment officials, industry peers, and communities to share successes and encourage good relations.

GFS is also a sponsor for the OCTC’s TIE conference. Teachers, Industry and Environment (TIE) pull together to provide learning opportunities for elementary & middle school teachers. The conference assists teachers in bringing practical science into the classroom.

G Fredrick Smith Memorial Lecture

Company Founder

The G. Frederick Smith Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Illinois has attracted world-class speakers covering a broad range of analytical disciplines, including bio-analytical expression on a cellular level, the electro-optics of metal ligand complexes, current topics in systems biology, genomics and proteomics, and catalytic mechanisms associated with the complex chemistries of solid surfaces.

Professor Smith, one of the most colorful chemists of the century, was a man of enormous vitality, who devoted himself to analytical chemistry in teaching, research, and business. Smith authored 173 papers, 25 of which reported work done after his retirement. He is most famous for championing the use of perchloric acid as an analytical reagent, and his efforts in cerate oxidimetry are also noteworthy.

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Midwestern Universities Analytical Chemistry Conference

Shortly after World War II, Prof. Smith began to underwrite the annual MUACC meetings — the Midwestern University Analytical Chemistry Conference series that strove to maintain the basic, personal, and unsophisticated levels of communication among analytical faculties in middle America. That the MUACC meetings continue today is a testimony to the positive influence that "the Professor" had on a vitally important chemical discipline.

Chemical & Specialties Management Council

Ohio Federation of Independent Businesses

NFIB - National Federation of Independent Business

National Association of Manufacturers