OMNOVA Solutions’ Performance Chemicals facility in Mogadore, OH, was presented with a 2008 award for excellence in environmental, health, safety and security performance by the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC) for the fourth consecutive year. The award recognizes effective, vital and sustainable programs that have resulted in measurable enhancements to company performance, and the commitment to working in close collaboration with government officials, industry peers, and communities to share successes and encourage good relations.

OMNOVA’s Mogadore facility received this year’s award for integrating two new systems into its latex polymer manufacturing processes. The first was the addition of a French auger press, which separates quality latex from “prefloc,” a term used to describe the non-hazardous waste generated during latex filtration. The Mogadore facility also installed a new reverse osmosis (RO) water purification system. An RO system uses pressure to force water through a membrane that removes contaminants from the water supply.

“As a member of the American Chemistry Council and as a Responsible Care®company, we are committed to improving our processes to maintain the safest possible working environment for our employees and to reduce our environmental impact,” said Alan Sampson, Safety, Health and Environmental Compliance manager for OMNOVA’s Performance Chemicals facility. “This award is a testament to our ongoing concern for the safety of our employees, the well-being of the surrounding community, and our commitment to our customers. These process improvements are the latest in a long line of proactive measures implemented by OMNOVA that reflect the company’s focus on safety, health, environmental and security performance. These new processes also support the company’s Vision 2014 sustainability commitment, which focuses on reducing the environmental impact of all OMNOVA operations and increasing its offering of products with sustainable features.”

The 2008 awards for excellence in environmental, health, safety and security performance were presented April 27, 2009, at The Athletic Club of Columbus, OH.

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