OMNOVA Announces Recipients of 2009 Technology Awards

OMNOVA Solutions (NYSE: OMN) today announced its 2009 Technology Award recipients. This annual award program recognizes exemplary technology-based contributions by associates in OMNOVA's research and development, sales and marketing, technical service, operations, product management and LEAN SixSigma organizations.

Technological innovations in new product development and process improvements are positively impacting customers in virtually all of OMNOVA's served markets including coated fabrics for automotive interiors, decorative paper laminates, commercial wallcoverings, performance films used in healthcare products, as well as performance chemicals for paper, floor care, oil drilling and other specialty applications.

Recipients hail from across OMNOVA's global operations, including its Performance Chemicals business segment facilities in Akron, Ohio; Mogadore, Ohio; Chester, South Carolina; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Fitchburg, Massachusetts; and Decorative Products business segment facilities in Monroe, North Carolina; Jeannette, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Mississippi; Fairlawn, Ohio; and Shanghai, China.

"Innovation enables OMNOVA to grow by differentiating our Company as a value-added supplier to our customers in today's challenging operating environment," said Kevin McMullen, OMNOVA Solutions' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This year's recipients have successfully built on OMNOVA's core competencies in our existing markets and further enhanced our products and processes as we continue to broaden our scope in new, adjacent markets. Several of these award-winning technologies also deliver environmentally preferred attributes, expanding on our sustainability commitment. These breakthroughs represent another example of OMNOVA's unyielding commitment to our customers and markets, and to making investments that further expand our capabilities to meet our customers' needs."



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