Chemours to remain in Wilmington’s DuPont building
WILMINGTON ““ The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce annual dinner was the venue for a series of big announcements Monday, including confirmation that The Chemours Company will remain at its Rodney Square location.
Gov. Jack Markell made the announcement at the beginning of the chamber’s 180th Annual Dinner.
“A few months ago told us they would be staying in Wilmington,” said Markell, who added that the company gave further confirmation today that they will also remain in the historic DuPont building downtown.
According to Markell, the decision was accompanied by the announcement that Chemours will sell the building to the The Buccini/Pollin Group, who will make a significant investment in the renovation of the building to retail, residential and office space.
The chamber also awarded the Josiah Marvel Cup Award to Carroll M. Carpenter. The event, held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, attracted more than 900 business leaders, elected officials and state dignitaries.
Carpenter boasts an extensive history of volunteerism and community service, especially with organizations with a focus on health, according to DSCC officials. She serves as chair of the Christiana Care Board of Trustees; president of the Good Samaritan Foundation; leadership division co-chair for the executive committee of the Campaign for the Wilmington Campus of Christian Care; and co-founder and co-chair of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Leadership Council for Psychiatry.
“It’s such a privilege to live here because Delaware is the place where people can take action, where we can get things done,” said Carpenter, who said she was born into a family that taught her the importance of love of family and giving back. “I’ve simply been a messenger.”
“This is someone who will tell you they don’t deserve to win the Marvel Cup,” said DSCC President A. Richard Heffron, “but that exactly why deserve to win the Marvel Cup.”
The award presentation-which is kept secret until the night of the dinner-was just one highlight in a night focused on the Delaware business community. The evening’s program included a keynote address by Chairman of the Board and CEO of DuPont, Edward D. Breen. The highly publicized company has recently been part of much of the State’s discussion regarding economic development and employment challenges.
Breen, who joined DuPont’s Board in February 2015, and was named CEO the following November, spoke to an eager audience about DuPont’s legacy ““ past and present, and shared the company’s vision for the coming years. DuPont is this year’s presenting sponsor for the State Chamber’s premier event.
The Marvel Cup Award, the chamber’s highest honor, was established in 1951 to honor a Delawarean who has made an outstanding contribution to the state, community, or society. It is named in memory of the Honorable Josiah Marvel, who reorganized and was the first president of the State Chamber in 1913-1914. The award was originally presented to Marvel upon his retirement and has been imprinted with the name of each recipient. The identity of the winner is not announced until the award is presented at the Annual Dinner.
According to Heffron,104 elected officials and state dignitaries were in the audience.
The State Chamber also announced that Nicholas P. Lambrow, president of Delaware Division and senior vice president of M&T Bank, Inc., and Robert F. (Rob) Rider, Jr., president of O. A. Newton, were voted onto the board of directors. Outgoing board of directors members are Donald Fulton of George J. Weiner Associates and Chad Moore of The Bellmoor Inn & Spa.