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BASF’s Sparta site receives Tennessee National Guard awards
Recognizes company’s support of employees in the military

SPARTA, Tenn., June 15, 2005 -- BASF’s Sparta site recently received two awards for its support of the Tennessee National Guard and BASF employees who are in the military. The Tennessee State Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Committee presented the site with the Seven Seals Award and Above and Beyond Award.

“Supporting our employees who are in the military is something we take very seriously,” said Kevin Biehle, Site Manager for BASF’s Sparta site. “We’re honored to be recognized for our support of the National Guard and proud of our employees who are currently serving overseas.”

BASF was chosen for the Seven Seals Award largely because of the site’s public display of support for the 278th National Guard unit, which includes two BASF employees. The unit is currently serving in Iraq. Since the group was first deployed, BASF has featured a large display of U.S. flags spelling out “278th” on a hill that is adjacent to BASF’s facility.

The Seven Seals Award represents each of the Reserve components – Army National Guard, Air National Guard, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve and Navy Reserve.

The Above and Beyond Award is presented to companies that “go above and beyond” what’s required by the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA). BASF was recognized for being an advocate for employee service in the National Guard and for helping to promote ESGR’s mission.

“These awards are special ways to recognize those organizations that go out of their way to promote awareness for the Guard and Reserve,” said John Dyess, Vice Chair of the Tennessee ESGR Committee. “With about half of our military in the Guard or Reserves, support from companies like BASF is essential.”
Approximately 120 employees work at BASF’s Sparta site, which produces nylon and polyester engineered thermoplastic pellets that are used in the automotive, consumer products and industrial, power distribution and telecommunications industries.

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For more information, contact:
Kevin Biehle
Sparta, Tenn.
Tel: (931) 738-7234

Maureen Paukert
Florham Park, N.J.
Tel: (973) 245-6077


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