PHOENIX - The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) named Mathew A. Brainerd, Chairman and owner of Brainerd Chemical Co. Inc., the 2016 Distributor of the Year. Recipients of this award demonstrate outstanding commitment to the chemical distribution community and work steadfastly on behalf of NACD and the entire industry.

Brainerd is currently the immediate past-chairman of NACD and has served in several positions within the association since 2009. He also worked to promote global harmonization of the chemical industry during his time as President of the International Council of Chemical Trade Associations.

“Mat has played a critical role in making Brainerd Chemical a best-in-class industry leader,” said Eric R. Byer, President of NACD. “He has devoted an incredible amount of time and effort to his company and the industry as a whole. His leadership of our board and association over the last two years has been exemplary. No one deserves this year’s award more.”

Tommy Turriff, President of TLC Ingredients Inc. and the 2015 Distributor of the Year, presented the award at NACD’s 45th Annual Meeting. Turriff praised Brainerd for his commitment to the industry, saying, “Mat has an incredible enthusiasm for Responsible Distribution and the association’s membership. He has dedicated countless hours and traveled many miles over the years in helping NACD achieve its goals, and it’s an honor to present him with the 2016 Distributor of the Year Award today.”

With more than 3,000 customers in 40 states, Brainerd Chemical is among the ICIS Top 100 U.S. Chemical Distributors and is a major regional provider and distributor of chemicals for research facilities, industrial plants and agricultural operations.