Chemours’ manufacturing site in Fayetteville hosted members of the Pope Army Airfield leadership development program for a visit on Thursday, April 20. The program, called Leadership Pope, aims to provide leadership insights from local area leaders in government, education, athletics, industry, non-profit, and civic services through monthly class days. Class days, like the one at Chemours on April 20, involve visiting various sectors and learning the best practices and challenges of leaders. Eight individuals are currently enrolled in the program.
Military veterans possess strong technical and leadership skills. For Chemours, recruiting and hiring military veterans makes solid business sense as we seize the business opportunities ahead. Throughout the day, the Pope team learned about Chemours, as well as a Chemours’ Fayetteville Works site tenant, Kuraray. The guests took tours of both manufacturing facilities and learned about each business.
The day concluded with a panel discussion, chaired by three leaders: Dawn Hughes, Chemours Plant Manager; Ross Crews, Kuraray Plant Manager; and Dave Currie, DuPont Plant Manager. Panelists shared their perspectives on topics like finding, retaining, and developing critical talent, as well as business topics like global supply chain challenges and impacts of inflation.
“We wanted to give Pope the opportunity to learn about a wide range of leadership competencies needed to effectively lead in the dynamic manufacturing environment,” Rod Scurry, Chemours HR Manager and Panel Moderator, reflected.
“Thank you for an awesome event,” shared Kimber Sellers, Pope Airforce Base, Training Resource. “It was far above what we expected.”
Chemours’ Fayetteville Works site employs approximately 325 individuals from Bladen, Robeson, and Cumberland
counties. Fayetteville Works is a manufacturer of NafionTM membranes, used in flow batteries energy storage as well as ion exchange membranes used to harness hydrogen as fuel. The innovative products produced at Fayetteville Works enable industries critical to both local prosperity and global progress: clean energy and transportation, advanced electronics, sustainable infrastructure, and thermal solutions.