PolyOne Announces Restructuring in Its Elastomers Business

October 29, 2003

CLEVELAND, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PolyOne Corporation
(NYSE: POL) announced today that it will close two manufacturing plants within
its Elastomers and Performance Additives business segment as it acts on
restructuring initiatives to reduce costs and bring capacity in line with
sales demand.

PolyOne's DeForest, Wisconsin, and Wynne, Arkansas, plants are to close
around the end of 2003. The Company also plans to reduce the number of sales
and administrative positions within the business. These combined moves will
translate into the reduction of approximately 230 positions across the

"While this business has maintained profitability and positive cash flow,
the effects of raw material inflation, offshore competition and geographic
movement of some key markets have decreased operating margins," said Thomas A.
Waltermire, chairman and chief executive officer. "We are determined to
reduce excess production capacity and continue to realign our cost structure
in order to improve our profitability."

On October 21, PolyOne announced that Elastomers and Performance Additives
was one of three business operations being considered for divestment. The
Company has set no deadline for divesting the business. Elastomers and
Performance Additives had 2002 sales of $364 million, representing 14 percent
of total Company sales.

The DeForest and Wynne plants manufacture a variety of products, including
compounded elastomers and dispersed rubber chemicals. PolyOne intends to
carefully transition these products to other elastomer manufacturing
facilities with excess capacity at Burton, Ohio; Dyersburg, Tennessee; and
Kennedale, Texas.

PolyOne projects that this restructuring action in Elastomers and
Performance Additives will yield annualized pre-tax earnings improvement of
$7.5 million. Total restructuring expense is projected to approximate
$15 million, of which approximately $7.5 million will be non-cash and related
to asset write-offs. Estimated 2003 fourth-quarter restructuring expense is
$11.5 million, with minimal funding of the cash closure costs anticipated in

Employees affected by the plant closings will be eligible for severance
benefits and outplacement services, and will be able to apply for job openings
at other locations within the Elastomers business group.

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 Cleveland, 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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results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: (1) an inability
to achieve or delays in achieving or achievement of less than the anticipated
financial benefit from the initiatives related to restructuring programs
including cost reduction and employee productivity goals; (2) a delay or
inability to achieve targeted debt level reductions through divestitures or
other means; (3) the effect on foreign operations of currency fluctuations,
tariffs, nationalization, exchange controls, limitations on foreign investment
in local businesses and other political, economic and regulatory risks; (4)
changes in U.S., regional or world polymer and/or rubber consumption growth
rates affecting the Company's markets; (5) changes in global industry capacity
or in the rate at which anticipated changes in industry capacity come online
in the polyvinyl chloride (PVC), chlor-alkali, vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) or
other industries in which the Company participates; (6) fluctuations in raw
material prices, quality and supply and in energy prices and supply, in
particular fluctuations outside the normal range of industry cycles; (7)
production outages or material costs associated with scheduled or unscheduled
maintenance programs; (8) costs or difficulties and delays related to the
operation of joint venture entities; (9) lack of day-to-day operating control,
including procurement of raw materials, of equity or joint venture affiliates;
(10) partial control over investment decisions and dividend distribution
policy of the OxyVinyls partnership and other minority equity holdings of the
Company; (11) an inability to launch new products and/or services within the
Company's various businesses; (12) the possibility of goodwill impairment;
(13) an inability to maintain any required licenses or permits; (14) an
inability to comply with any environmental laws and regulations; (15) an
inability or delay in finding buyers of non-core assets for reasonable and
acceptable terms; (16) an inability to access the receivables sale facility
as a result of breaching covenants; (17) any poor performance of our pension
plan assets and any obligation on our part to fund our pension plan; and (18)
any or a delay or inability to bring the North American colors and performance
additives and the engineered materials product platforms to profitability.

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identify all such factors. Consequently, you should not consider any such
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SOURCE PolyOne Corporation

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