Roderick A. Herrick is the senior vice president and venture manager of the MDI-500 program at Covestro LLC. MDI-500 is a major chemical expansion to be built at the Baytown Industrial Park in Baytown, Texas. He is also a member of the Covestro U.S. Country Council.
As venture manager, Rod oversees the scope, funding and timeline of the program as well as the integration of the various project elements (including engineering, construction, commissioning, startup, finance, administration, etc.) into the company’s global investment strategy.
Prior to assuming his current role in early 2019, Rod served more than eight years as the Baytown Industrial Park’s site manager. He chaired the Site Leadership Team and was responsible for all activities associated with the continued success of the Baytown Industrial Park site, including Covestro operations, guest facilities, site services, employee leadership and community outreach. While in this role, Rod successfully led a site-wide initiative to improve the safety, reliability and efficiency of the Baytown plant.
Rod joined Bayer in 1985 at the New Martinsville, West Virginia site, after starting his career as a plant engineer at PPG Industries. He has extensive manufacturing experience and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including plant and process engineer, reliability lead; ABS production lead in Dormagen, Germany; site manager at the Polycarbonates Compounding Facility in Newark, Ohio; and Polyurethanes production lead in Baytown.
Rod also brings a wealth of management experience in such areas as strategic planning, reliability, inventory, production scheduling, budgeting, human resources, safety and environmental requirements, and capital improvement. He is a goal-oriented leader with a strong desire to develop and mentor future leaders.
Rod is a member of various community organizations, as well as a board member of the Texas Chemical Council and the East Harris County Manufacturers Association.
A native of West Virginia, Rod holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University
Rod is married with three children and currently resides in League City, Texas.