NOVA Chemicals' Painesville site is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northeast of Cleveland, Ohio. The facility manufactures 100 million pounds (45 kilotonnes) of expandable polystyrene (EPS) resins annually for use in the construction and packaging industries.
The Painesville site has been operating since 1953, when it was owned by Allied and was used to produce sulfuric acid. In 1963, the site was redesigned and began producing plastic resins; however, it wasn't until 1983, twenty years later, when Painesville was finally converted into an EPS manufacturing facility by Georgia Gulf. NOVA Chemicals then purchased the site in 1996.
Liquid styrene feedstock, pentane, flame retardants and other additives are received by rail and truck. Utilizing NOVA Chemicals' proprietary product and process technology, these raw materials are used to manufacture EPS beads. The finished products, or beads, are transported to customers by truck and rail.
There are essentially two types of EPS beads manufactured at Painesville: shape grades and block grades. Shape grades are widely used as a foam packaging material for consumer products. Block grade EPS is manufactured to include flame retardant properties and is used in the construction industry for insulation and decorative molding applications.
Approximately 40 employees work at the Painesville site. The facility is ISO 9001: 2008 registered.