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Good neighbors know it's important to talk


As a member of the community, Hemlock Semiconductor Group believes open, two-way communication is an integral component in maintaining sustainable, environmentally responsible operations.

As part of Hemlock Semiconductor's involvement with the Responsible Care® initiative, the Hemlock Area Community Advisory Panel (CAP) was formed in 1997. It provides a forum to address issues and opportunities affecting Hemlock Semiconductor, Dow Corning Healthcare Industries Materials Site (HIMS), and the local community.

The Community Advisory Panel meets six times each year. Members have the opportunity to have their questions and concerns addressed by the Committee.

Getting to know our members


Paul C. Chaffee

CAP member since: January 2014

Township in which you reside:   Thomas Township

Organization(s) you volunteer for: 

  • 1988 – Present           Member of Bishop’s Community Action Committee
  • 1994 – Present           Member of the Leadership Saginaw Steering Committee
  • 1995 – Present           Board member on Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra
  • 2005 – Present           Charter member of SVSU College of Business & Management Advisory Board
  • 2006 – Present           Board member on Saginaw Community Foundation
  • 2006 – Present           Fellow, Executive Committee Member & Secretary on Saginaw Valley State Board of Fellows
  • 2006 – Present           Founder of Saginaw Sees the Light Fund of the Saginaw Community Foundation
  • 2006 – Present           Advisory Panel for The Dow Chemical Company
  • 2007 – Present           Charter Member of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance Board of Directors
  • 2012 – Present           Board member on Michigan Humanities Council Lansing
  • 2013 – Present           Advisory Board member on Saginaw Art Museum

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important?  Dow Corning and Hemlock Semiconductor are key components of our communities' economic and philanthropic health. Their 7,000+ products enrich our lives, and their scientists are creating innovations that will provide quality of life improvements to parts of the world that need them most ... and enhance job creation and prosperity in the Great Lakes Bay Region. I have a deep citizen's curiosity about the workings of DCC and HSC and am looking forward to developing — and sharing with my neighbors — a more thorough understanding of the workings of the companies and their products. I must add that I have had a long standing interest in solar power and, of course, HSC is a — perhaps THE — global leader in that space.

What is your current position and/or role in the community? Communications consultant and community-improvement volunteer.

Patrick Curry

CAP member since: February 2016

Township in which you reside: Thomas Township

Organization(s) you volunteer for: GLBMA (Great Lakes Bay Manufacturing Association), MMA (Michigan Manufacturing Association) and
Saginaw Future.

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important: I feel it is important to serve on the CAP committee because I live and work in the community.

What is your current position and/or role(s) in the community?

  • President of Fullerton Tool Company, which resides in the Great Lakes Tech Park
  • Serve on the Saginaw Future’s Board

Brian R. Frederick

CAP member since: New member as of 2015

Township in which you reside: Richland Township

Organization(s) you volunteerfor: 

  • 2004 2012               Richland Township trustee
  • 2012 – Present           Richland Township Supervisor
  • 2004 – 2012               Member of Richland Township Planning Commission
  • 2015 – Present           Member of HSC cap committee
  • 2011 – Present           FSA County Committee
  • 2014 – Present           FSA County Chairman
  • 1984 – Present           Saginaw County Farm Bureau member
  • 2004 – Present           Saginaw County delegate to MFB annual
  • 2007 Present           Frankenmuth Credit Union Broad
  • Member of "Why Hemlock" Committee
  • Hemlock Lions Club Member
  • Numerous Farm Bureau Committees
  • Various committees with the Credit Union
  • Town & Country Credit Union Board
  • Saginaw County Agricultural Society
  • Member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hemlock
  • Past MMPA member serving as local board member and state delegate
  • Involved in 4-H and FFA during school years

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important?  Serving on the panel is a great communication resource and link to receiving information with an inside look at the progress and concerns, while being able to share concerns on behalf of our neighboring community.

What is your current position and/or role in the community? Richland Township Supervisor


Keith Green

CAP member since: February 2016

Township in which you reside: Thomas Township

Organization(s) you volunteer for: Hemlock Youth Sports and Hemlock Sports Boosters.

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important: A strong partnership with businesses, school and the community is vital for the success of the children in our region.

What is your current position and/or role(s) in the community? I am the principal of Hemlock K.C. Ling Elementary School.


Glen Hubbell

CAP member since: January 2014

Township in which you reside: Richland Township

Organization(s) you volunteer for: St. Peter Lutheran Church & School; Building fund treasurer & endowment committee member. He also serves on his church council.

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important? I am a resident of the community and feel it is important to be active and up to date on the issues around me.

What is your current position and/or role in the community? Retiree from Michigan Sugar Company


David J. King

CAP member since: 2016

Township in which you reside: Richland Township

Organization(s) you volunteerfor: Member of the Isabella Band Board of Directors for over 10 years, Hemlock Semi-Conductor Community Board, and the Richland Township Planning Commission. He has also served on M.I.T.E.S., a professional association for industrial art teachers, which allowed him to also serve on two committees for the State Board of Education in the area of teacher certification and IX certification. Before serving on the HPSD Board of Education, David served over 15 years on the St. Peter’s Lutheran School Board.

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important? It is an important step in creating a good community relationship. Dow Corning’s presence in our community creates jobs for our community and the families of the Hemlock Area. I also feel that Dow Corning creates an atmosphere of giving to the Hemlock community and I am very happy to be involved in that process. I look forward to helping make decisions that are good for Hemlock and Dow Corning.

What is your current position and/or role in the community? My current roles in the community are in the area of education and Township service. I am a member of the Hemlock Board of Education and I am also on the Richland Township Planning Commission. In the past I was a member of the Board of Education for St. Peters Lutheran Church for 15 years.


Mat McRae

CAP member since: 2013

Township in which you reside: Thomas Township

Organization(s) you volunteerfor: Kiwanis Club, Swan Valley Athletic Association, SVSU Educational Advisory Committee, United Way, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, James Township and Thomas Township Senior Citizens Groups.

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important? Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning are an integral part of our community.  Schools and businesses must work together to build a community culture that people are proud to call home. Working together, I am confident we can do that and as part of this group I hope to make a difference.  

What is your current position and/or role in the community? Superintendent, Swan Valley Schools


Lonnie A. Mudgett

CAP member since: January 2014

Township in which you reside: Richland Township

Organization(s) you volunteerfor: Loyal Order of Moose Saginaw Lodge 82, Centre Lodge F&AM 273 Midland, Hemlock Public Schools Education Fund Committee, State Street United Methodist Church

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important? Since I live in the community and I hear people ask questions about the facility. I also hear some of the answers they give to each other. These answers appear to be speculation on what goes on inside the facility also about health concerns. I feel that I may be able to help my neighbors by informing them of the information that I receive from being a member of the CAP committee. 

What is your current position and/or role in the community? I currently do not have a position or role in the community


Thomas Radewahn

CAP member since: February 2016

Township in which you reside: Thomas Township

Organization(s) you volunteerfor: Thomas Township Business Association, is currently a chairman on Thomas Township DDA and serves on the Thomas Township Kiwanis.

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important?  Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning are the largest industrial facilities in the area; they have provided very significant improvements to the populous of Thomas Township.

What is your current position and/or role in the community?

  • Trustee on Thomas Township Board
  • Chair on Thomas Township DDA
  • President of Mid-Valley Insurance – 46 years
  • Realtor for Radewahn Real Estate – 43 years


Bob Weise

CAP member since: New member as of 2015

Township in which you reside: Thomas Township

Organization(s) you volunteerfor: Shields Lions Club, Eagles Aerie 497, Dioxin Community Advisory Group, Holy Spirit Church, Republican Party, Knights of Columbus 8808, Michigan Township Association, Shiners International, Thomas Township DDA, Thomas Township Business Association, Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, and Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission

Why do you feel serving on Hemlock Semiconductor and Dow Corning’s CAP committee is important? It is important to have scheduled communication between the community and Dow Corning Plants. We need to work together for the benefit of everyone. Safety is the top priority.

What is your current position and/or role in the community? Thomas Township Supervisor; resident in Thomas Township for 38 years



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