Ashland Casting Solutions Earns Three Awards

March 10, 2005
Recognition for excellence in environmental health, safety and security performance

Ashland Casting Solutions, a business group of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), will be recognized with three awards of excellence for Responsible Care* initiatives by

The Ohio Chemistry Technology Council is presenting three awards to Ashland Casting Solutions this month, making this the fifth straight year the company be recognized for its commitment to Responsible Care.

Dublin, OH-based Ashland Casting Solutions is a business unit of Ashland Specialty Chemical, a division of Ashland Inc.

Ashland Casting Solutions will be honored for improvements in EXACTCAST sleeve manufacturing. A study of all elements at one of Ashland's toll manufacturing plants resulted in lower risk potential for employee exposures and enhanced process improvements. The study highlighted Ashland's commitment to value-adding strong relationships with toll manufacturing operations. Dana Cooper, global marketing manager, will receive the award.

Ashland's Cleveland-East facility will be honored for two entries, "Automated Liquid Charging System" and "IBC Cleaning Optimization." Russ Montgomery, plant manager, will receive the award. Cleveland-East implemented the Automated Liquid Charging System, and it has reduced manual handling of liquids, reduced waste residues and increased safety. The Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) Cleaning Optimization program moved IBC cleaning to an internal process and focused efforts to recycle all solvent-based cleaning materials back into the manufacturing process.

Ashland's Cleveland-West facility will receive an award for enhancing performance of several foundry binder resins by improving the stabilizer process. Mixing a stabilizer with binder resins requires tight tolerances and adding the stabilizers was a difficult task. The plant engineer designed, and the operations manager implemented, an automated system that that improved accuracy and increased quality assurance. It also reduced the potential for worker exposure by 96%. Cleveland-West facility also implemented an improved site security program. Randy Helmick, plant manager will receive the award.