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September '15

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BUSINESS WATCH 8 || P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 M&R Moves Operations within State to Double Production Capacity GLEN ELLYN, Ill.—M&R announces that its corporate headquarters and manufac- turing operations will move from Glen Ellyn and Niles, Illinois, to a new location in the greater Chicago area. The relocation to a 320,000 square-foot facility in Roselle, Ill. is already underway and will be completed by the end of the year. However, M&R's Glen Ellyn and Niles manufacturing plants will continue to run at full capacity until the move to Roselle is complete. In making the announcement, M&R CEO Rich Hoffman said the move is the result of years of planning. "While demand for M&R equipment has continued to accelerate, the amount of space available to make that equipment has stayed the same," Hoffman says. "This move affords us the unique opportunity to streamline production and in- troduce new computerized and robotic design, machining, and assembly tools. It also allows us to bring all our domestic production under one roof and still have ample room for future expansion." New equipment being brought into the Roselle facility includes a large laser cutter and multiple CNC milling machines. "We've been bursting at the seams for years," says Mike Sonera, M&R's general man- ager. "M&R's current production facilities are streamlined and efficient, but we've been constrained by lack of space and by having manufacturing operations split between our Glen Ellyn and Niles facilities. It's been difficult at times, but the new facility will bring economies of scale, space for more linear assembly scenarios, and the latest in high-tech equipment, while at the same time reducing the redundancy inherent in our current multi-facility environment." M&R's manufacturing capacity is expected to double by January 1, 2016. Corporate headquarters will remain at M&R's Glen Ellyn facility until later this year. PolyOne Joins ZDHC to Reduce Harmful Chemi- cals CLEVELAND—PolyOne joins the Discharge of Haz- ardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group as an associate member. The group is led by leading global clothing and footwear brands and is committed to steering the industry toward a goal to reduce discharge of harmful chemicals to zero by 2020. "Bringing associate mem- bers on board with a strong track record of delivering specialty solutions broadens our technical knowledge base," explains Cheryl Krein- dler, ZDHC Program Man- ager. "PolyOne has already brought innovative ideas to the table in regards to re- ducing water consumption and contamination, which are major challenges for the industry." "PolyOne is committed to environmentally sound practices, services, and solu- tions that deliver value for our customers and the wider industries we serve," adds John Van Hulle, president of global color, additives, and inks for PolyOne. "Our tex- tile industry expertise means we can apply existing solu- tions, and potentially shape new ones that can contribute to achieving the ZDHC Group's goals."

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