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Solutia Breaks Ground at Plant in Springfield, Mass.

Saflex®, a unit of Solutia Inc., broke ground yesterday for an expansion of its PVB resin manufacturing operations at its plant in Springfield, Mass. The expansion will add 12,000 metric tons of annual capacity, which is planned to come on-stream in early 2009.

"This project marks another major step in Solutia's global investment program for Saflex," says Luc De Temmerman, senior vice president of Solutia Inc. and president of the Saflex business. "Despite significant increases in raw material costs, we are continuing to make the investments necessary to help our customers grow their businesses. This expansion, as well as the other previously announced expansions we are making throughout our global asset base, will help meet increasing demand for PVB, and is necessitated by the tight supply conditions in the PVB market."

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