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OMNOVA Solutions Recognizes Employee Innovations With 2011 Technology Awards

FAIRLAWN, Ohio, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- OMNOVA Solutions (NYSE: OMN) today announced its 2011 Technology Award recipients. This annual award program recognizes exemplary technological contributions by associates in OMNOVA's research and development, sales and marketing, technical service, operations, product management and LEAN SixSigma organizations.

These innovations in product development and process improvement are positively impacting customers in many of OMNOVA's served markets including performance chemicals for oil and natural gas drilling, paper and tape applications, as well as laminates for the kitchen and bath cabinetry, RV/manufactured housing and store fixture markets.

Recipients hail from across OMNOVA's global operations, including its Performance Chemicals business segment facilities in Akron, Ohio; Mogadore, Ohio; Chester, South Carolina; and Green Bay, Wisconsin, as well as Villejust, France and Shanghai, China. OMNOVA's Decorative Products business segment is also well-represented with Technology Award winners from its facilities in Fairlawn, Ohio; Auburn, Pennsylvania and Monroe, North Carolina.

"As a global company, we are continually taking actions that will enhance the value we deliver to our customers and allow us to pursue new and adjacent markets," said Kevin McMullen, OMNOVA Solutions' Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The cornerstone of these efforts is the enhancement of our existing competencies, as well as the development of new, sustainable products and processes for the future. These outstanding innovation teams have clearly focused on delivering value to our customers, enhancing our operations and reducing our environmental footprint, positioning OMNOVA for sustained profitable growth as we move forward."

Innovation titles, summaries and recipients are as follows:

Global High Performance Release CoatingCategory: New Product Development/Commercialization

Doug HarperChester, South Carolina Bobbi VarnadoreChester, South Carolina Tom WalshAkron, Ohio Global Technology Center Haiping FuShanghai, China

The strength of OMNOVA's global Performance Chemicals team was highlighted through the development of new release coating technology for the Chinese tape market. The release coating provides enhanced runnability on the customer's production line and delivers improved overall tape performance including overlap/release properties.

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