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Hexion Specialty Chemicals To Enhance North American Composite Resins & Coatings Manufacturing, Customer Service

June 12, 2009 at 4:13 PM EDT
Moves Will Improve Service and Efficiency

COLUMBUS, Ohio – (June 12, 2009) - Hexion Specialty Chemicals announced today that it is realigning its North American composite resins and coatings manufacturing operations to enhance service to customers while improving efficiency and managing costs.

As part of the realignment, Hexion will be modifying its manufacturing and distribution operations in Lynwood, California.  Its plant in Carpentersville, Illinois, will be structured to focus on producing coatings and other specialty products. 

Production of base composite resins and certain coatings currently made at these locations will be transferred to Hexion plants in Roebuck, S.C., Ennis, Texas, and Forest Park, Georgia, which currently make similar composite resins and coatings products. 

In addition, the company also recently announced the business will move its customer service group to existing centers in Gahanna, Ohio, and Springfield, Oregon, to further enhance its operations.

“These changes will enable Hexion to simplify our operations and improve overall end-to-end service to our customers,” said Robert Nosal, Vice President, Global Dispersions for Hexion.  “We will be investing in these facilities to facilitate this realignment and further position our operations for growth as the economy recovers.”

Nosal noted that the changes will not interrupt Hexion’s operations or services and that the transition should be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2010.

About Hexion Specialty Chemicals
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Hexion Specialty Chemicals serves the global wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries. Hexion Specialty Chemicals is controlled by an affiliate of Apollo Management, L.P. Additional information is available at www.hexion.com.

Forward Looking Statements

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Contacts

Investors:
John Kompa
Director, Investor Relations
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
+1 614 225 2223
john.kompa@hexion.com

Media:
Peter F. Loscocco
Vice President, Public Affairs
Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.
+1 614 225 4127
peter.loscocco@hexion.com