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Recognized Leadership

The Chemico Group has received accolades from some of the world’s largest Fortune 100 companies and industry leaders. The company has been recognized repeatedly for Performance, Innovation, and Supplier Diversity.

General Motors

Named Supplier of the Year eight times (consecutively 2009-2015 and 2020)


Innovation Award

Stellantis North America

Capital Equip. Supplier of the Year, Diversity (2014-2015)

Toyota Motor
North America

Kaizen and Excellent Performance Awards
(2013, consecutively 2017-2020)

National Minority Supplier Development Council

National MBE of the Year Class II, Class III, and Class IV  (2004, 2014, 2018)

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

President’s, Diamond, Supplier of the Year, MBE Luminary Awards (2011-2016, 2020)

Crain’s Detroit Business

Fast 50 Growing Companies, Notable Veteran (2018-2020)

Black Enterprise

Named to the BE100 list nine times

Rainbow Push

Living Legend Award

Honda North America

Challenging Spirit Award

Congressional Black Caucus

Distinguished Corporate Citizen Award

Michigan Chronicle

Legacy in Motion Award

What Customers and Colleagues Say


Reginald Humphrey General Motors

Chemico is a leader in chemical management in large part due to the executive leadership team assembled and led by Leon Richardson. Chemico continues to provide invaluable support to General Motors through advancing diverse causes, securing materials critical to our production, and serving as a tenured member of our Supplier Council. They truly understand the value and impact they bring to customers, employees, MBEs and community.


John Graves

I have known Leon Richardson for more than 20 years. He has demonstrated an unwavering pursuit of excellence in all phases of business and become a beacon of hope to African American companies. Richardson has provided outstanding mentorship and leadership as a strategist. He has worked tirelessly to create socioeconomic opportunities for Michigan-based businesses and his employees and helped to set standards in supplier diversity.


Bashar Cholagh
Stellantis North America

Under Leon Richardson’s leadership, Chemico continues to grow and improve every year. Chemico is a leader among the MBE community. Through their involvement with MMSDC, Rainbow Push, National Association of Black Suppliers and the National Business League, they show time and time again that suppliers can help bring up other suppliers through best practices and mentoring.

Excellence is our Standard