PolyOne was formed on August 31, 2000 from the consolidation of The Geon Company (Geon) and M.A. Hanna Company (Hanna). Geon's roots date back to 1927 when B.F.Goodrich scientist Waldo Semon produced the first usable vinyl polymer. In 1948, B.F.Goodrich created a vinyl plastic division that was subsequently spun off through a public offering in 1993, creating The Geon Company, a separate publicly-held company. Hanna was formed in 1885 as a privately-held company and became publicly-held in 1927. In the mid-1980s, Hanna began to divest its historic mining and shipping businesses to focus on polymers. Hanna purchased its first polymer company in 1986 and completed its 26th polymer company acquisition in 2000.
PolyOne Corporation is incorporated in Ohio and headquartered in Avon Lake, Ohio. We currently employ approximately 6,900 people and have 74 manufacturing sites and eight distribution facilities in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. We offer more than 35,000 polymer solutions to over 10,000 customers across the globe. In 2018, we had sales of $3.5 billion, approximately 43% of which were to customers outside the United States.
We are able to leverage our polymer and formulation expertise with our operational capabilities, creating an essential link between large chemical producers (our raw material suppliers) and designers, assemblers and processors of plastics (our customers). We believe that our role in the value chain continues to become more vital as our customers increasingly need reliable suppliers with global reach and increasingly effective material-based solutions to improve their products' appeal, performance, differentiation, profitability and competitive advantage. Our goal is to provide customers with specialized materials and solutions through our global footprint, broad market knowledge, technical expertise, product breadth, efficient manufacturing operations, a fully integrated information technology network and raw material procurement leverage. Our end markets include healthcare, transportation, packaging, consumer, building and construction, industrial, wire and cable, electrical and electronics and appliance.