PolyOne Wins Prestigious "Best Process Excellence Program" Award

PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions won the 2012 "Best Process Excellence Program" award from the International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC) for the company's highly successful Lean Six Sigma program, which has delivered significant financial and operational improvements since its launch in 2008.

PolyOne was selected as the winner, following a rigorous judging process by a panel of industry experts. Competing companies were evaluated on their demonstration of world-class performance in categories such as direction setting and portfolio management, creating an environment for change, application of technology, and delivering benefits and results. This year, more than 100 companies from around the world competed for IQPC Process Excellence awards.

“PolyOne continues to set an outstanding example for translating the voice of the customer into business process improvement. They are the world's standard for operational excellence,” said Rod Hill, a judge for IQPC and master black belt at JEA, an electric utility company based in Florida.

This most recent award follows IQPC's 2010 recognition of PolyOne as the “Best Start-Up - Business Process Excellence Program,” an award for organizations that have had a structured program in place for two years or less.

“PolyOne is pleased and proud to have been recognized for the effectiveness of our business processes,” said Tom Kedrowski, senior vice president, supply chain and operations, PolyOne Corporation. “The credit goes to our customers with whom we work collaboratively to best serve their needs, to our valued suppliers, and to our associates, who are constantly seeking and delivering innovative solutions for continual improvement.”

“With more than 40 percent of our workforce now trained in LSS principles, we expect to further accelerate our programs, driving growth, improving productivity throughout the supply chain, and delivering increasing value to our customers and shareholders,” said Stephen D. Newlin, chairman, president and CEO, PolyOne Corporation.
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