Middleport's Valued Neighbor
FMC's History and Heritage in Middleport FMC has always been an active member of the Middleport community, sharing connections through both our business operations and through support of our schools, library, local service clubs, emergency responders, community programs and by addressing concerns.
Examples of this support include FMC’s donations through the years of equipment, training programs and/or funds to beautify and promote the Village, keep library programs running, respond to concerns related to FMC’s environmental program, help train local emergency responders and inform neighbors about the FMC Middleport plant. Long-time Middleport residents know that FMC is more than an employer providing well-paying jobs and contributing to the local economy.
FMC focuses its involvement on four public commitment areas: Safety, Operational Transparency, Community Leadership and Community Partnership. With these, we target supporting the community in the areas of Health and Human Services, Education and Science, Environment and Conservation and Arts and Culture.
In this regard, among the many community organizations we support are:
- United Way
- American Red Cross
- Royalton-Hartland Library
- Royalton-Hartland Central School District
- Middleport Fire Department
- Middleport Area Tourism and Beautification Committee
- Gasport Lions
- Royalton-Hartland Business and Professional Association
- Middleport Food Pantry
Please see FMC Middleport's "Cultivating Community" brochure.
Local Farmers Have Summertime Opportunity to Sell Their Products to FMC Middleport Plant Employees Amidst COVID-19 Economic Impact
June 18, 2020
FMC’s Middleport Plant is helping area farmers challenged by the COVID-19 economic impact with a special Farm-to-Table Program that features an opportunity to sell their local food products to FMC employees.
Over the next several weeks, an invited local farmer will come to the Middleport plant parking lot on Friday afternoons with products that have been previously ordered and paid for earlier in the week. FMC employees will then pick up the products as they leave work that day.
“The Farm-to-Table Program is an excellent opportunity to show our support for what local farmers do while also helping them to develop some new customer relationships with people who may be unaware of their specific products,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport Plant manager, who first created the plant’s Farm-to-Table concept. “We all just want to do whatever we can to assist them because, without the farmers, we are all in trouble.”
The first local farm to participate was Aggravation Acres in Newfane offering both duck and chicken eggs, and the second was Maverick Farm Organics in Lockport, featuring a wide array of spices, eggs and baked goods.
“I think this is great opportunity for our farm to show what we can do and build our customer base,” said Tina Kowalski, Maverick Farm Organics owner. “It also shows how small farms work together and support each other.”
More than 35 FMC employees have participated in purchasing local products through the program. Approximately 15 farms are on a list to be invited to bring their products to the FMC table.
“I am pleasantly surprised at what an initial success this has been with our employees here in Middleport,” Dr. Kloda said. “And we look forward to building upon that success in the weeks ahead.”
FMC Middleport employee Joe Burkett (left), union steward with Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers; and Dr. Roberta Kloda, plant manager, check out the assorted baked good and products offered by Tina Kowalski (right), owner of Maverick Farm Organics in Lockport, for purchase by FMC Middleport employees as part of the plant’s new Farm-to-Table program this summer to help local farmers challenged by COVID-19’s economic impact.
FMC Middleport Plant Employees Collect, Donate 750 Pounds of Food to Middleport Area Food Pantry During COVID-19 Pandemic
May 7, 2020
FMC Middleport Plant employees recently collected and donated nearly 750 pounds of food to the Middleport Area Food Pantry to help needy community residents coping with the health and economic effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Participating in the effort were FMC employees, including those represented by Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and FMC plant management.
The food pantry re-opened May 4 at its new location in St. Stephen’s rectory garage at 21 S. Vernon St. in Middleport. FMC employees are planning a second food collection drive and delivery to the pantry for later this month.
“It is extremely important that we all work together during this difficult time to ensure those in our community who are in need have access to food,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport plant manager. “Our entire FMC Middleport team was very generous in collecting and contributing this large volume of food for distribution by the Middleport Area Food Pantry.”
FMC Community Office Hosts Fall Open House on October 30 in Middleport
FMC Middleport Plant employees, including those represented by Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and plant management helped to collect and donate 750 pounds of food to the Middleport Area Food Pantry to help needy local residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participating in the delivery from FMC are (from left to right) Rob Brockman, quality supervisor; Joshua Walker, maintenance manager; and Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport Plant manager.
October 16, 2019
Middleport area residents and their families are invited to attend a Fall Open House hosted Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. by FMC’s Community Office at 8 S. Vernon St. in Middleport.
Attendees will enjoy cider, donuts and Halloween candy while also being able to participate in a coloring contest, fall crafts, and creating their own on-the-go Boo Boo Kits. Costumes are encouraged!
FMC operates its Agricultural Sciences plant in Middleport and updates will be provided on plant products and projects, remediation, water treatment plant upgrades, safety and community initiatives.
FMC Middleport Plant Collects, Donates Backpacks for Niagara County Students
October 8, 2019
Employees at FMC’s Agricultural Sciences plant in Middleport began the school year by collecting school supplies, filling backpacks and donating them recently for use by students at two Niagara County locations.
A total of 28 full backpacks were donated to students at the Royalton-Hartland Elementary School in Gasport and the Agri-Business Child Development Center in Newfane, which is committed to providing the highest quality early childhood education and social services to farm workers and other eligible families.
FMC Middleport Plant employees assisted in collecting a variety of school supplies for inclusion in the backpacks, including composition pads, three-ring notebooks, paper, pens and pencils.
“As a company, FMC is committed to the educational development of our local young people and is proud to have the opportunity to provide school supplies and backpacks that can contribute to their academic success,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport plant manager.
FMC Middleport Awards Scholarships to Roy-Hart Graduating Seniors
FMC’s Middleport Plant recently collected school supplies and filled 28 backpacks for the Agri-Business Child Development Center in Newfane and the Royalton-Hartland Elementary School in Gasport. Helping to unload the elementary school backpacks are Roy-Hart fourth-graders (front row from left to right) John Brigham, Alyse Drees, Emma Law and Julia Verratti. Guiding them in the back row (from left to right) are Donna McCloy, FMC site support, and Donna VanSlyke, school principal.
August 6, 2019
FMC Corporation, which operates the Agricultural Sciences plant in Middleport, has honored two Royalton-Hartland High School graduating seniors with separate $1,000 FMC Scholarships from the local plant.
The scholarships were awarded to Middleport resident Jamie Bower and Gasport resident Chloe Pilc based on their submission of a 300-word essay with the main focus on “picking an experience from your life and explaining how it has influenced your development.”
“As a company dedicated to our local community, FMC is proud to honor these two outstanding graduates with scholarships and extend our best wishes for continued academic success in their future studies,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport plant manager.
Jamie Bower (left in photo) served as a captain of the school’s softball team and plans to study nursing at D’Youville College in Buffalo. Chloe Pilc (right) is a member of the National Technical Honor Society and plans to study pre-med at Daemen College in Amherst.
FMC Middleport Plant Employees Collect and Donate Almost Half-Ton of Food to Middleport Area Community Food Pantry
April 18, 2019
FMC Middleport Plant employees recently collected and donated nearly 1,000 pounds or a half-ton of food to help needy community residents during the spring holiday season through the Middleport Area Community Food Pantry.
FMC employees participated in the effort working alongside Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and FMC plant management. The pantry serves more than 60 local families on a continuous basis.
“Our entire FMC Middleport team was very generous in collecting and contributing such a large volume of food for use by the Middleport Area Community Food Pantry,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport plant manager. “We are very fortunate and know how important it is to share with those in our community who are in need.”
Employees from the FMC Middleport Plant, working with Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and plant management, helped to collect and donate nearly a half-ton of food to the Middleport Area Community Food Pantry to help the local residents during the spring holiday season. Showing off some of the donated food items are (from left to right) pantry supervisor Nancy Huntington, pantry volunteers John and Melane Shuttleworth, FMC employees Joe Burkett, union steward, Bonnie Difino, and John Burinsky; and Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport Plant manager.FMC Donation to Assist Middleport Fire Department IT Upgrade
March 26, 2019
FMC Corporation’s Agricultural Sciences plant in Middleport has donated $1,000 to start the fundraising effort for the Middleport Fire Department to upgrade its information technology capabilities.
The donation will assist the department’s plans to rebuild its computer system, including installing a new server, work stations and networking capabilities. The department has been providing quality fire protection and emergency services since 1884 to the Village of Middleport and the Towns of Royalton and Hartland.
“The FMC Middleport plant is proud to help the Middleport Fire Department in its effort to upgrade its information technology capabilities to further enhance its delivery of quality service to the entire Middleport community,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport plant manager.
Dr. Roberta Kloda (left), FMC Middleport plant manager, presents a $1,000 check to Darren Burdick (second from right), Middleport Fire Department president, and Fred Srock, MFD fire chief, to start the fundraising effort for the Middleport Fire Department to upgrade its information technology capabilities. The department plans to rebuild its computer system, including installing a new server, work stations and networking capabilities, that will enhance its delivery of quality service to the entire Middleport community.
Middleport Community Advisory Panel (CAP) Seeking New, Qualified Members for 2019
February 22, 2019
The Middleport Community Advisory Panel (CAP) this year is seeking new, qualified members who want to be involved in their community, learn more about the FMC Middleport plant, and provide feedback to the plant. FMC Middleport Plant Employees Collect and Donate 600 Pounds of Food to Middleport Area Community Food Pantry
Established more than two decades ago as a concept of the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Program, the Middleport CAP meets five times a year to provide open and honest communication between the FMC plant and the Middleport community on the plant and its operations in such areas as safety, environmental performance, employment, community involvement, emergency preparedness and response.
Previous meeting topics have fostered discussion on health, safety, environmental concerns, emergency response, products, economy, and education.
“Members of the CAP help the plant’s leadership to better understand the community’s perspectives and concerns, and FMC Middleport in turn helps the community to better understand the facility and its operations,” said Jessica Heideman, CAP facilitator and FMC community liaison.
“These regular meetings help ensure the voice of the community is heard and provides yet another way for FMC to work directly with the community around the plant,” she said. “FMC looks forward to meeting with the new and returning members of the CAP team throughout 2019 and beyond.”
CAP members are all community residents from various walks of life including, but not limited to, parents, teachers, law enforcement, business professionals, students, and retirees. CAP members serve a three-year term on the panel.
To be considered for CAP membership, please contact Jessica Heideman by visiting the FMC Community Office, 8 S. Vernon St., Middleport, NY 14105, by calling (716) 735-9769, or by emailing her at email@example.com.
December 7, 2018
FMC Corporation’s Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport recently conducted a collection and donation of more than 600 pounds of food to the Middleport Area Community Food Pantry to help needy community residents during this holiday season.
Participating in the effort were FMC employees working with Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and FMC plant management.
“Throughout the year and especially during the holiday season, it is important to help those in our community who are in need,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport plant manager. “Our entire FMC Middleport team is very happy to do this with the Middleport Area Community Food Pantry.”
Employees from FMC Corporation’s Agricultural Solutions Plant in Middleport, working with Local 1180 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and plant management, helped to collect and donate more than 600 pounds of food to the Middleport Area Community Food Pantry to assist the local community during the holiday season. Participating in the effort are (from left to right) FMC employees Bonnie Difino, Joe Burkett, and Taylor Kunzelman, and pantry volunteers Rosie Gaughn, Melanie Shuttleworth, and John Shuttleworth.
FMC Middleport Honors Roy-Hart Graduating Seniors with Scholarships
July 18, 2018
FMC Corporation, which operates the Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport, has honored two Royalton-Hartland High School graduating seniors with separate $1,000 FMC Scholarships from the local plant.
The scholarships were awarded to Middleport residents Carly Eldridge and Sydney Newton based on their submission of an essay with the main focus on “Safety in the Community.”
“As a company committed to safety, FMC is proud to honor these two exceptional graduates with scholarships and extend our best wishes for their future academic success,” said Roberta Kloda, FMC Middleport plant manager.
Carly Eldridge has been a participant on Roy-Hart’s swimming, volleyball and tennis teams and also a member of Student Council and the National Honor Society. She plans to study speech pathology at Elmira College.
Sydney Newton has played on Roy-Hart’s field hockey team and is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and FFA – Future Farmers of America. She plans to continue her studies in nursing at Daemen College.
Middleport residents and Royalton-Hartland graduating seniors Carly Eldridge (left) and Sydney Newton (right) were the recent recipients of two $1,000 scholarships from the FMC Middleport plant based on their winning essay submissions on “Safety in the Community.”FMC Middleport Plant Hosts Safety Day For Employees, First Responders As Part of National Safety Month
June 27, 2018
FMC Corporation’s Agricultural Solutions Plant in Middleport hosted a special Safety Day last week for FMC employees and community first responders as part of National Safety Month as designated by the National Safety Council. Participating as guest speaker was John J. Swick (middle), Middleport Police chief, who was welcomed by Roberta Kloda (right), plant manger, and Carolyn Joldos (left), plant Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) manager. Among the day’s various activities were fire extinguisher training, safety quizzes and a wellness information session.
FMC Middleport Plant Conducts Community Drill With Area First Responders
July 19, 2017
FMC’s Agricultural Solutions plant in Middleport recently conducted a Community Drill with area First Responders and FMC’s Emergency Response Team and Maintenance Department.
Among First Responders attending were those from the Middleport Fire Department, Middleport Police Department, Niagara County Hazmat Team, and Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base.
“The Community Drill was an excellent opportunity for FMC and local First Responders to update our preparedness in the event of an emergency with the goal of ensuring the safety of our plant employees and surrounding neighbors,” said Dr. Roberta Kloda, Environmental, Health and Safety manager for the FMC Middleport Plant and coordinator of the drill.
During the drill, First Responders received an overview of FMC plant operations, products and environmental practices and policies and then toured the facility with FMC’s Emergency Response Team and Maintenance Department. Attendees also participated in safety presentations and an interactive, digital firefighting training program.
FMC Middleport Hosts Local First Responders for Community Drill. The FMC Middleport Plant conducts a Community Drill to update emergency preparedness with First Responders. Participating (from left to right) are: Mike Crosby, FMC Emergency Response Team (ERT) member; Archie Ames, FMC ERT member; Zachary Weneck, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base firefighter; Carolyn Joldos, FMC quality supervisor; Ryan Czaja, assistant chief Middleport Fire Department; Dr. Roberta Kloda, FMC Plant Environmental, Health and Safety manager; and Edward Eifert, president of Niagara County Hazmat Team.
FMC Plant Donates Eight Pulse Oximeters for Middleport Fire Department Use
May 3, 2017
The FMC Middleport Plant donated eight pulse oximeters to the Middleport Fire Department for use in helping to quickly determine the health and wellness of individuals in emergency situations.
Pulse oximeters, administered at the fingertip, are medical devices used to measure a victim’s pulse rate and blood oxygen saturation levels – vital indicators when firefighters and EMTs encounter an emergency situation.
Former FMC Middleport Plant Manager Greg Sullivan (second from left) presents to Middleport Fire Department Chief Fred Srock one of eight pulse oximeters donated by FMC for the Department’s use in responding to medical emergencies. They are joined by Jim Volkosh (far left), first assistant department chief, and Roberta Kloda (far right), Environmental, Health and Safety manager for the FMC Middleport Plant.