PolyOne Corp was formed on August 31, 2000 and was incorporated in Ohio. The Company is a provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions with operations in specialty polymer formulations, color and additive systems, thermoplastic resin distribution and specialty vinyl resins. The Company has manufacturing sites and distribution facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. It provides value to its customers through its ability to link its knowledge of polymers and formulation technology with its manufacturing and supply chain to provide value added solutions to designers, assemblers and processors of plastics. The Company operates in five reportable segments: Global Specialty Engineered Materials; Global Color, Additives and Inks; Performance Products and Solutions; Designed Structures and Solutions and PolyOne Distribution. Global Specialty Engineered Materials is a provider of custom plastic formulations, compounding services and solutions for processors of thermoplastic materials across a wide variety of markets and end-use applications. The Company's product portfolio includes standard and custom formulated high-performance polymer compounds that are manufactured using thermoplastic compounds and elastomers, which are then combined with polymer additive, reinforcement, filler, colorant and/or biomaterial technologies. Global Color, Additives and Inks is a provider of specialized color and additive concentrates as well as inks and latexes. Color and additive products include an array of colors, special effects and performance-enhancing and eco-friendly solutions. When combined with non pre-colored base resins, its colorants help customers achieve specialized colors and effects that are targeted at the demands of today's design-oriented consumer and industrial end markets. Performance Products and Solutions is an industry offering products and services for vinyl coating, molding and extrusion processors principally in North America. The Company's product offerings include: vinyl compounds, vinyl resins, and specialty coating materials based largely on vinyl. The Company's PolyOne Distribution business distributes more than 3,500 grades of engineering and commodity grade resins, including PolyOne-produced compounds, to the North American and Asia markets. These products are sold to over 5,700 custom injection molders and extruders who, in turn, convert them into plastic parts that are sold to end-users in a wide range of industries. Designed Structures and Solutions is engaged in providing full service and solutions in engineered polymer structures, rigid barrier packaging and specialty cast acrylics. The Company sells its products mainly through direct sales personnel, distributors, including its PolyOne Distribution segment, and commissioned sales agents. Competition is based on service, performance, product innovation, product recognition, speed, delivery, quality and price. The Company is subject to various environmental laws and regulations that apply to the production, use and sale of chemicals, emissions into the air, discharges into waterways and other releases of materials into the environment and the generation, handling, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of waste material.