Mitsubishi Chemical America’s ALPOLIC Manufacturing Facility Receives VPP STAR Certification

October 5, 2023

(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) Oct. 5 – Mitsubishi Chemical America’s (MCA) ALPOLIC Division, a leader in metal composite material (MCM) manufacturing, has been formally recognized as a Virginia STAR Worksite under Virginia’s Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP), the agency’s highest recognition for excellence in safety and health management systems.

During the ceremony, held on Wednesday, October 4, State Commissioner of Labor and Industry, Gary Pan, presented ALPOLIC with the Virginia “STAR Worksite” flag, an honor currently shared by less than 40 business sites across the commonwealth. Since the program’s inception, less than 80 businesses have retained STAR designation.

Gary Pan

Gary Pan, State Commissioner of Labor and Industry

“This certification is the cumulation of several years of hard work by each and every employee at our Chesapeake manufacturing site,” said Paul Olson, general manager for MCA-ALPOLIC’s Division. “It’s a milestone achievement in our safety journey and it is a celebration of how, we together as a team, are transforming our culture to one where the safety of each person is a top priority and core value.”

Paul Olson

Paul Olson, General Manager for MCA-ALPOLIC’s Division

Attaining Virginia VPP STAR status is a rigorous process in which participating employers agree to voluntarily take part in the program and its employees are involved in all aspects of the company’s safety and health management systems. Program requirements include an extensive application process, submission of written safety and health policies and procedures, demonstration of successful implementation of these policies and procedures, reported injury and illness rates that are below the national average for the employer’s industry and an intensive weeklong inspection by a team of VPP experts.

former MCA-ALPOLIC GM. Bill Yannetti, Bernie Willms, MCA Vice President of the Specialty Materials Business Group, and Kenji Miyakita, general manager of ALPOLIC Business Unit, Mitsubishi Chemical Infratec.

Pictured from L-R:  Former MCA-ALPOLIC President, Bill Yannetti; Bernie Willms, MCA Vice President of the Specialty Materials Business Group; and Kenji Miyakita, Senior Director, Global ALPOLIC Group

About Mitsubishi Chemical America – ALPOLIC Division

ALPOLIC® Metal Composite Materials (MCM) have been manufactured since 1991 at Mitsubishi Chemical America’s Chesapeake, VA location. Part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Group’s vast array of products and services, ALPOLIC® MCM is among the most versatile and useful architectural materials available, and our manufacturing, distribution and support capabilities extend worldwide. ALPOLIC® offers the rigidity of heavy-gauge architectural metals in a lightweight composite material, with a standard polyethylene or fire-resistant core available in an unmatched selection of colors and finishes. For more information about ALPOLIC®, visit or call 800-422-7270.