BASF Kirkland Named to Leadership Spartanburg

KirklandCONVERSE, S.C. Dec. 14, 2020 – Jerome Kirkland, the Site Manager for BASF’s Converse manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County, has been named to Leadership Spartanburg.

Leadership Spartanburg offers a backstage pass to the county, preparing participants to work within their own community and the region as effective leaders. Participants will learn about, examine and respond to the social and economic challenges and opportunities Spartanburg County faces. They also build relationships with their classmates as they identify organizational and individual opportunities for community involvement during the year-long program.

Kirkland earned his bachelor’s degree as well as his master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. He has served as the Converse site manager since October 2019, and before that worked as a plant manager at the BASF site in Lincoln Park, Mich. Before that, he spent eight years with Kay Automotive Graphics.

“I love helping people and I truly strive to be a servant of the community,” Kirkland said. “Over the years I’ve worked to mentor many employees and grow their leadership skills, and that’s something that I hope can translate here in Spartanburg into working with youth in the community – helping them build leadership skills and realize their dreams.”

BASF is currently hiring. For more information about BASF in South Carolina and open positions, visit

About BASF in Converse
BASF’s site in Converse in one of six BASF sites in South Carolina. The Converse site employs 68 employees and contractors. It is a specialty chemical catalysts manufacturing and precious metal refining facility. BASF customers use those products to produce a wide variety of products including pharmaceuticals, water treatment media for the removal of lead, arsenic and other impurities from drinking water, for fertilizers, herbicides, auto-emission catalysts, plastics, fragrances and more. For more information and a site fact sheet, visit

About BASF
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,800 employees in North America and had sales of $18.4 billion in 2019. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The more than 117,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of more than €59 billion in 2019. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS), and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at

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