PolyOne has recovered from the demand downturn, as the company reported a $68 million profit for 2009 after an almost $273 million loss in 2008. "Full-year results were solid on their own merits, but we were particularly pleased in the context of the problems we confronted," said Stephen Newlin, the company's chairman and CEO. The compounder's balance sheet was also boosted by its Six Sigma product quality-control program and a major North American distribution deal with DuPont.

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