Steve Hedrick has resigned as head of Bayer CropScience's Institute Industrial Park to become president and chief executive officer of South Charleston's Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center, known as MATRIC.
Bayer CropScience announced Monday that Hedrick will leave the company on Jan. 31.
James Covington was named to succeed Hedrick. Covington currently is head of health, safety and environment for Bayer CropScience's Kansas City manufacturing operations - the company's largest production site in North America.
Hedrick became head of the Institute Industrial Park in February 2010. It was a new position. Nick Crosby had been head of the park and also headed Bayer CropScience's operations there.
Hedrick's appointment to the job at Institute came as Bayer CropScience was halting production and reducing the storage of the deadly chemical methyl isocyanate, or MIC, at Institute. Shortly after Hedrick took the job, Bayer reached an agreement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to phase out the pesticide aldicarb, which was a major product of the Institute site.
The changes prompted Bayer CropScience to lay off 230 employees at Institute this year, leaving a staff of about 200 there.
During his tenure at Institute, Hedrick has been a tireless promoter of the 460-acre site for an ethane cracker. Most recently Bayer helped Aither Chemicals of South Charleston gauge market interest in chemicals and plastics a cracker could produce here.
Hedrick, 41, grew up in Cedar Grove and graduated from DuPont High School. He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was the leader of health, safety, environment and quality programs at Bayer's Baytown Industrial Park in Texas when he was appointed to the Institute job.
At MATRIC, Hedrick succeeds Keith Pauley, who resigned in June to take a job in China.
MATRIC Chairman Paul Arbogast said in a prepared statement, "Steve brings a proven record of successful leadership in large and complex environments. We are convinced he is uniquely positioned to lead us into the future."
Since Pauley left, Greg Clutter, MATRIC's chief operating officer, has served as interim president and chief executive officer. Arbogast said, "Greg has done all that has been asked of him and more. We greatly appreciated his ability to manage throughout this juncture and we are delighted he is continuing as COO."Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/GeorgeHohmann.