The Middleport Community Advisory Panel (CAP) this year is seeking new, qualified members who want to be involved in their community, learn more about the FMC Middleport plant, and provide feedback to the plant.

Established more than two decades ago as a concept of the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Program, the Middleport CAP meets five times a year to provide open and honest communication between the FMC plant and the Middleport community on the plant and its operations in such areas as safety, environmental performance, employment, community involvement, emergency preparedness and response.

Previous meeting topics have fostered discussion on health, safety, environmental concerns, emergency response, products, economy, and education.

“Members of the CAP help the plant’s leadership to better understand the community’s perspectives and concerns, and FMC Middleport in turn helps the community to better understand the facility and its operations,” said Jessica Heideman, CAP facilitator and FMC community liaison.

“These regular meetings help ensure the voice of the community is heard and provides yet another way for FMC to work directly with the community around the plant,” she said. “FMC looks forward to meeting with the new and returning members of the CAP team throughout 2019 and beyond.”

CAP members are all community residents from various walks of life including, but not limited to, parents, teachers, law enforcement, business professionals, students, and retirees. CAP members serve a three-year term on the panel.

To be considered for CAP membership, please contact Jessica Heideman by visiting the FMC Community Office, 8 S. Vernon St., Middleport, NY 14105, by calling (716) 735-9769, or by emailing her at