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2019 Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Box Project

Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Box project – this is another annual project for our company.  We reached our goal of 30 boxes this year with everyone’s participation.  This idea of filling a shoe box with small items for children in underprivileged areas around the world has been around for a long time.  Over time it has become quite a popular project with churches and organizations all over the US participating each year. Thousands of these boxes are collected and sent to children for Christmas.  Everyone here enjoys buying for their box and this year we pooled resources and completed the 30 boxes.

2019 Fall Food Drive

Our Annual Fall Food Drive was another success!  We partner with our neighboring businesses, our warehouse, and several local customers to stock the Shallowford Presbyterian Church’s Pantry.  The Church provides for over 100 families in the area and our donation is always the largest and most appreciated.  Everyone in our office participates and we collect over 500lbs of pantry goods for this drive each year.

2019 Coat Collection for FAITH Riders

Coat Collection for FAITH Riders – one of our employees is a member of this group and asked that we participate in their Coat Project.  The day after Thanksgiving the group  goes to one of the homeless camps in the Atlanta area and gives out coats and toiletries.  We collected about 12 coats for the project.

2019 Annual Stock the Pantry Food Drive for our Fire Station

We usually do this around the 4th of July as an annual summer project.  This year we collected enough for 3 baskets and a $60 gift certificate to a local grocery store.  The Fire Station is a very busy one and they stay out on calls all day every day.  This year they came to the office to pick-up the baskets and to thank us for thinking of them.  They are “unheralded” heroes and we thanked them for their hard work and all that they do for our community.  It was nice to thank them in person! 

2019 Collection of Old Eyeglasses for Lions Club Lighthouse for the Blind

Collection of old eyeglasses for the Lions Club Lighthouse for the Blind.  We accumulated over 50 pairs of old glasses from employees to contribute to this worthwhile cause.  Prescription glasses are cleaned and revamped and sent overseas with medical missionary trips.  Readers and sunglasses are also cleaned and revamped and given out here in the US.  Since we only replace our glasses every couple of years, we will do this project again in 2022.

2019 Donation for the Humane Society of NE Georgia

They are an independent non-profit no-kill shelter that depends solely on donations.  They were founded in 1913 and do a wonderful job of promoting adoptions for well animals – providing vaccinations and micro chipping.  We collected old towels and sheets and plastic bags.  This is another project that we will be doing again in 2020.

2019 Blanket Project

Our big Spring project this year was to make “no sew” fleece blankets for the non- profit group Open Hands.  They provide assistance for struggling families and the homeless with food and shelter.  The company bought the fabric, everyone in Operations helped with the cutting, and our Co-Founder, Verda McCullough (age 95), did the tying.  We enjoyed the project and seeing all 63 of the colorful blankets together was exciting.  They were so pleased with this gift and knew that there would be many children excited to receive something as colorful and useful as the blankets.  We will be doing this project again in 2020 as there is such a need at Open Hands for things to brighten up the lives of these children who are without even basic necessities in their homes and for the ones who are homeless.

2018 Christmas Shoeboxes Donation

As part of our yearly Community Outreach Program, McCullough & Associates once again was happy to be able to participate in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program. The program has been putting smiles on the faces of children since 1993 and we are thrilled to be able to contribute in a small way to this world wide charitable program.

Our employees contributed 36 shoeboxes filled with lots of great toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and accessories to be opened Christmas morning by children around the world. We would like to say thank you to our wonderful employees who participated in this our final Community Outreach Program for 2018.

Click here to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

2018 Fall Food Drive

McCullough & Associates employees, neighbors, customers, and warehouse affiliate contributed to this year’s Fall Food Drive to benefit the Shallowford Presbyterian Church’s Food Pantry.  Over 500 lbs of food was collected for this community outreach program.  We are thankful to all of those who contributed this year to making our Food Drive successful:

  • Sto Corporation
  • Magnolia Advanced Materials
  • Amware Logistics
  • Central Bark
  • Georgia Prosthetics
  • Preprint

It is our goal to continue to give back to the community each year through food drives and contributions to area causes and to our local police and fire departments.

Introducing New Supplier! Ethox Chemicals in Greenville, SC

McCullough & Associates is proud to announce the addition of Ethox Chemicals as a valued supplier.  Located in Greenville, SC and part of the Piedmont Chemical Group, Ethox has been in business since 1968 giving them 50 years of experience in producing high quality products and in providing specialized customer service to its customers.  Ethox provides a broad range of surface modifying products including their E-Sperse® Pigment Dispersants. These products are added to our portfolio of chemicals for Industrial Manufacturing and will be sold throughout the territory  (See product guide for link to website and more information on these products).

Community Outreach Project for the Summer – Baskets for DeKalb County Fire Department Station #8

All of Operations at McCullough & Associates contributed items to stock the pantry at our local fire station.  This was out company’s summer Community Outreach project and the 5th year that we have made baskets at the 4th of July to thank our local fire station for their service to our community.  When we delivered the baskets they were out on a call and could not thank us in person, so made a special stop by our office to thank everyone in person for thinking of them and for the baskets of goodies.  The baskets contained everything from pantry staples like pastas and sauces, paper plates & Kleenex, homemade cookies and brownies, to hot dogs/buns and all of the trimmings.  The company’s next Outreach Project will be our Fall Food Drive in October for the Shallowford Presbyterian Food Pantry.

American Coatings Show Supplier Event – Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary

Held at the Palomino Restaurant on April 9th, McCullough & Associates hosted an Open House for all of our current suppliers to thank them for the  business opportunities they have provided the company over the years.  These partnerships are one of our most valuable assets and we are proud to be associated with so many exceptional companies. The ACS showcases new products for the Coatings Industry and gives suppliers and customers opportunities to view new trends in the industry.


2017 Christmas Shoeboxes Donation

This Christmas season, McCullough & Associates again participated in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program. This program has been putting smiles on the faces of children since 1993.

Our employees were able to contribute 34 shoeboxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and accessories to be opened Christmas morning by children around the world. A warm thank you to our employees who took part in making this Christmas a little brighter for a special boy or girl!

Click here to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

2017 Fall Food Drive

McCullough & Associates invited nearby customers as well as companies in the surrounding neighborhood to be a part of our annual food drive.

The food drive was a tremendous success and we would like to thank the companies that graciously gave:

  • Sto Corporation
  • Magnolia Advanced Materials
  • Amware Logistics
  • Auto-Chlor System, LLC
  • Central Bark
  • Georgia Prosthetics
  • Preprint
  • Harvard Chemical Research
    • The food was donated to the Shallowford Presbyterian Food Pantry (a food assistance site of the Atlanta Community Food Bank). We are happy to have partnered with this organization for the past 3 years.

McCullough & Associates Receives NACD Responsible Distribution Excellence Award

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) presented McCullough & Associates with the 2017 Responsible Distribution Excellence Award on August 16, 2017 at the annual ChemEdge meeting.

Mike Lang from NACD visited our Atlanta office to present the award on behalf of NACD. Accepting the award in Atlanta were Earl Tveit, CEO and long time NACD advocate, Diane Martin, RD Code Coordinator, and Anne Campbell, Vice President.

We would like to thank NACD for the support they have continually provided to us throughout our many years in the organization.

Click here for NACD’s official press release.

2017 You Be The Chemist Atlanta Metropolitan Area Challenge

McCullough and Associates was proud to once again be the sponsor of the You Be The Chemist® Local Challenge in Atlanta. On March 11, 2017, local students came together at the Georgia Aquarium to compete for the top prize.

After correctly answering dozens of chemistry and general science questions over multiple rounds of competition, Kiran Gadde from the Westminster Schools bested a field of 40 fifth- to eighth-grade students and was declared the Atlanta Metropolitan Area Local Challenge Champion.

He will advance to the Georgia State Challenge to be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Molecular Science & Engineering Building in Atlanta on April 29, 2017.

The top 20 students also earned a chance to compete at the state level:

Campbell Middle School – Lyric Love
Cornerstone Schools – Angelina Laramie
Desana Middle School – Zahin Hoque, Haley McLain
Dickerson Middle School – Kevin Chae
Henderson Middle School – Austin Beale, Mary Bielamowicz, Susannah Dolensky
J.C. Booth Middle School – Mark Adams, Caden Gradek (4th Place), Alex Norman
Lyndon Academy – Matthew Chan, Luke Piazza
Mabry Middle School – Jack Coleman, Michael McCabe, Neha Prabakaran
South Forsyth Middle School – Tapasya Katta
The Westminster Schools – Kiran Gadde (Champion), Matthew Propp (2nd Place), Yash Kadadi (3rd Place)

Congratulations to all the participating students and special thanks to the sponsoring teachers who impact students’ lives each day with science and chemistry.


Developed by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF), the Challenge is an exciting question-and-answer competition that motivates fifth- to eighth-grade students to sharpen their knowledge of chemistry concepts and chemistry’s real-world applications. Students compete for prizes at the local and state levels. Each state winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Challenge on June 19 and to vie for $18,500 total in college scholarships. The Challenge program relies on partnerships among community members, including industry, schools, universities, and community organizations, that seek to foster student engagement with science.


2016 Donation of Christmas Shoeboxes

This Christmas season, McCullough & Associates participated in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program. Since 1993, this program has delivered shoeboxes full of gifts to millions of boys and girls in over 130 countries.

Our employees worked toward a goal of completing 30 boxes this year and greatly exceeded that goal by contributing 38 boxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and accessories to be opened Christmas morning by children around the world. Thank you very much to those from our company who helped to make this Christmas a little brighter for a special boy or girl!

Click here to learn more about Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child.

2016 Fall Food Drive

McCullough and Associates invited customers as well as companies in our surrounding neighborhood to be a part of our annual food drive.  It was a great success and we would like to thank the companies that contributed:

  • Sto Corporation
  • Magnolia Advanced Materials
  • Amware Logistics
  • Atlanta Pro Audio
  • Central Bark
  • Georgia Prosthetics
  • Preprint

The food was donated to the Shallowford Presbyterian Food Pantry (a food assistance site of the Atlanta Community Food Bank).

News Release from LANXESS – On the Way to Gold Medals

Select link below to find out how Lanxess pigments were used in the building of the Rio Olympic Venues! We are proud to represent Lanxess products here in the South and to be a part of this successful global company. Go USA!!!

On the Way to Gold Medals with LANXESS

Exciting News for Mc&A’s You Be The Chemist Local Challenge Winner!

We are proud to announce that our You Be The Chemist Local Challenge® winner, Anup Bottu from the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, will be advancing to the You Be The Chemist National Challenge® in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 20, 2016. His teacher will also be attending the competition, courtesy of the Chemical Educational Foundation®.

We are very excited for this accomplishment and look forward to more success stories in the upcoming years.

Below is a photo of Anup with his teacher, Gary Jones.

winner & teacher

McCullough & Associates Receives Covestro 2015 StraCo Award

Covestro presented McCullough & Associates with the 2015 StraCo Award at the American Coatings Show in Indianapolis. This is the 6th StraCo win for McCullough & Associates.

The StraCo Award, which stands for “Strategic Conference,” defines the strategic product line areas targeted by the Covestro CAS group to drive the future growth and success of the Division. The criteria for the award includes overall sales growth, growth of specific StraCo product line areas, and adding new customers to the Covestro portfolio.

We congratulate our Industrial Sales Group, managed by Jamie Self, for another outstanding sales year for Covestro. Accepting the award for the company were George McCullough, Jamie Self, and Renee Bynum.

Receiving StraCo Award

Jamie Self, George McCullough, and Renee Bynum of McCullough & Associates, left, are presented with the 2015 StraCo Award by Jennifer Pasinski of Covestro, right.

You Be The Chemist 2016

All Participants

McCullough & Associates had the privilege of sponsoring the local West Georgia Challenge for the second time on February 6, 2016, and it was a great success! We had 19 participants, eliminating 9 at the end of the third round. The top ten participants advanced to the State Challenge, which will be held at Georgia Tech on April 9.

The challenge winner, Anup Bottu from The Westminster Schools, was awarded an $80 cash prize and 4 tickets to the Tellus Science Museum donated by the museum. His teacher, Gary Jones, was awarded a $150 cash prize for his classroom.

winner & teacher

Our moderator remarked how intelligent these students were and that many of his high school students would not even be at this level of chemistry knowledge. The teachers are doing a great job implementing chemistry concepts into the classroom and the competition is a great way for them to be rewarded!

Our judges volunteering their time were Bart Whitaker from Whitaker Oil, Annie Kelley from Brenntag, and Kyle Johnson. We are already looking forward to sponsoring the West Georgia competition next year, and we have great plans to increase the school participation.

Below is a list of our suppliers who monetarily contributed to the competition:

• Amware Logistics – $150
• The Weatherby Group – $500
• Southern Chemical & Textile – $1000
• Brenntag Mid-South – $250
• Cabot Corporation – $75

These suppliers donated gifts for the participant goody bags:

• Covestro
• schulke
• ShinEtsu

Thank you to our suppliers for getting involved and we look forward to next year!

audience and participants studying before