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Eastman Honors Creative Efforts of Its Inventors


Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) recognized 164 of its inventors and patentees during an awards dinner at the Meadowview Conference Center in Kingsport last night.

“Our company has had tremendous success in not only turning out patents, but also turning out patents that equate to commercial success,” said Brian Ferguson, chairman and CEO for Eastman. “That’s where the real value is. The combined efforts and combined insights of our employees can turn innovations into commercial success.”

Joining Ferguson in congratulating the patent recipients was Ron Lindsay, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Eastman. “What’s important for us to realize is that behind each of those patents and behind each of those successes are people. While we’re proud and excited about what these patents mean for the company, we’re also proud and excited about these remarkable people and the teamwork they demonstrate.”

Among those recognized were Eastman inventors Scott Barnicki and Clay Pearson, both of Kingsport, for having thus far earned 20 patents during their careers. In addition, Max Weaver of Kingsport was presented with a career achievement award for over 240 patents.


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