PolyOne Acquires North American Business of ResinDirect

January 12, 2004

CLEVELAND, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PolyOne Corporation
(NYSE: POL), a leading global polymer services company, announced today that
it has completed its acquisition of the North American distribution business
of ResinDirect LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Louis Dreyfus Energy Services
L.P. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

ResinDirect is a worldwide procurement, distribution and marketing company
dealing in the purchase and sale of prime commodity plastic resins. In North
America, ResinDirect distributes approximately 60 million pounds of commodity
plastic resins annually.

ResinDirect's North American distribution business will be integrated into
PolyOne's Distribution business, a leading North American supplier of
engineered and commodity plastic resins of more than a dozen major chemical
companies. PolyOne Distribution has six customer service centers; more than
30 stocking locations, including 10 repackaging plants; and a state-of-the-art
Design Center in Suwanee, Georgia. In 2003 PolyOne Distribution had sales that
exceeded $500 million.

"The acquisition of ResinDirect substantially enhances PolyOne's commodity
resin market position," said Michael L. Rademacher, vice president and general
manager of PolyOne Distribution. "ResinDirect's customers also will benefit
because we will provide them with an expanded product offering."

PolyOne will continue to operate ResinDirect's customer service office in
Davidson, North Carolina.

About PolyOne

PolyOne Corporation, with 2002 revenues of $2.5 billion, is an
international polymer services company with operations in thermoplastic
compounds, specialty resins, specialty polymer formulations, engineered films,
color and additive systems, elastomer compounding and thermoplastic resin
distribution. Headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio, PolyOne has employees at
manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and joint
ventures in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Information on the
Company's products and services can be found at www.polyone.com .

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