By Carina Sorrentino
Started in 1906 in Schenectady, SI Group, Inc. is a family-owned company that has been an innovational leader in the chemical engineering industry. The company manufactures chemical intermediates, which are sold worldwide to producers of plastics, detergent, coatings, electronics and automobiles.
Finishing his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen J. Large has declared his retirement and will be leaving the company at the end of this month.
Stepping up to take his place is Frank A. Bozich, a graduate of the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in chemistry.
Bozich’s résumé includes leadership positions at corporations such as The Dow Chemical Company, Croda Adhesives, Inc. and Engelhard Corporation. He also founded his own business, Apex Adhesives, which was sold to Croda in 1993.
The SI Group is a staple business in Schenectady with locations on Balltown Road and in the Rotterdam Mall. The business is conducted out of 20 locations in 10 countries around the world. Founder W. Howard Wright began as a chemist at General Electric and worked with colleagues such as Thomas Edison and Charles Steinmetz.
His consistent success with synthesizing adhesive materials and General Electric’s growing demand for the product prompted him to start his own business in order to provide for General Electric.
SI Group has remained involved in the Schenectady community through its positive relationship with Union. Making an effort to actively recruit students, the company has been present at multiple career fairs hosted by the Becker Career Center.
Although the sciences are their primary field, the company offers internships to provide a variety of experiences. Positions are made available for lab research, public relations and scientific clerical work.
Union student Allyson Staats ‘15 earned a lab internship position this coming summer and said, “I’m looking forward to getting more experience with lab work and seeing what other opportunities could arise for my future in such a successful company.”
What started as a small company, SI Group Inc. now maintains global credibility as a contemporary scientific industry, servicing manufacturers across a wide range of production. Involvement with the Union community can continue to allow students to find internships and job opportunities through the Career Center.
The appointment of Bozich as the new President and CEO indicates that SI Group is on a track toward living up to its mission statement to “create value by offering customers the best chemical intermediates in the world.”