As it sets sail for Germany and K 2010, PolyOne Corp. is hoping that its recent run of good fortune can continue.
The Avon Lake-based compounding and distribution firm is on track to post its second straight profitable year in 2010. And while that may seem like faint praise, it is music to the ears of Chairman and CEO Stephen Newlin.
“We’ve done a whole culture transformation,” Newlin said in a recent interview in Avon Lake. “We’re now focused squarely on our customers and have higher expectations and accountability. Our focus is on new customers and prospects, and we’re driven around customer needs.”
Those changes also have produced results on PolyOne’s bottom line. In 2007 — Newlin’s first full year at the helm — the firm eked out an $11.4 million profit on sales...