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Ashland helps customer achieve EPA environmental award


DUBLIN, Ohio – Achieving recognition for workplace health and environmental stewardship is not easy, but PQ Marine Holdings Inc. was recently honored with a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) award for implementing a program with significant workplace benefits. The company, maker of PowerQuest brand powerboats, received the EPA’s “Design for the Environment” formulator initiative award for successfully implementing a program using U.S. Polychemical Acrastrip® cleaning fluid.

Acrastrip cleaning fluid is available exclusively through Ashland Distribution, a division of Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH). A program designed by Ashland helps customers achieve EPA recognition for their environmental stewardship efforts when they use Acrastrip cleaning fluid. It was through this program that PQ Marine Holdings Inc. received recognition from the EPA. Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, Mich., presented the award during a ceremony that featured recognition from a number of leading officials.

Acrastrip cleaning fluid is recognized by the EPA as a “Design for the Environment” product, and as such, customers who have successfully implemented a program with Acrastrip can be recognized for that achievement. “Customers who use Acrastrip cleaner show a solid commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Ted Harris, president, Ashland Distribution. “We are proud to offer this product, not only to our customers in Michigan, but also to those throughout North America.”

Customers interested in learning more about Acrastrip cleaning fluid and the “Design for the Environment” award should contact Don Belock, Ashland Distribution, at (614) 790-1461.

Holland, Michigan-based PQ Marine Holdings designs and manufactures PowerQuest pleasure powerboats. The company offers consumers eight models from 22’ to 38’ with options to fit their preferred boating experience. More information about PQ Marine Holdings is available at

Established in 1956, U.S. Polychemical Corporation provides the electronic, aerospace, metal working, plastics, military, recreational and automotive industries with hazardous solvent replacement chemicals and equipment. More information about U.S. Polychemical Corporation is available at

Ashland Distribution, a division of Ashland Inc., is a leading distributor of chemicals, plastics, composite materials and environmental services.

Ashland Inc. (NYSE: ASH), a diversified, global chemical company, provides quality products, services and solutions to customers in more than 100 countries. A FORTUNE 500 company, it operates through four divisions: Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Distribution, Valvoline and Ashland Water Technologies. To learn more about Ashland, visit

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