GARDEN CITY, NY — Superior Materials Inc., Garden City, New York, is expanding into the Southeast United States. The company will now be covering the entire eastern half of the United States – east of the Mississippi River.

Founded in 1946, Superior Materials is a privately held specialty chemical distributor. The company serves a wide range of industries including the coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers, and printing inks markets.

Laura Sampieri Copeland will be the Southeast Regional Account Manager. Copeland, a 25-year industry veteran, has extensive experience in both formulating and sales. She started her career as an Application Chemist for Degussa Corp. (now Evonik). Copeland has also held positions at Efka Additives, Huber and Delta Colours. She is a respected expert in silicas, minerals, pigments and additives.

Copeland served as Education Chairperson for the Cleveland division of the FSCT, authored many articles and internal technical data sheets, has set up laboratories, and is a Six Sigma Green Belt. She will be primarily responsible for sales in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Alabama.