Portland Takes on Additional Role of Vice President-General Manager of Service Businesses Division

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ashland Inc.

    DUBLIN, Ohio, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashland Distribution Company has
 announced that Michael J. Portland has been named vice president and general
 manager of its Service Businesses Division.  Peter M. Bokach, president of
 Ashland Distribution, made the announcement.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001019/CHTH004LOGO )
     In his new position, Portland will be responsible for overseeing Ashland
 Distribution Company's Service Businesses Division, which includes
 Environmental Services, Energy Services and the Service Development Group.  In
 addition, he will continue to oversee Ashland Inc.'s sourceXplorer(SM)
 business unit, for which he has served as vice president for the past year.
     Portland will be based in Dublin, Ohio, and report to Bokach.  In
 addition, he will report to David J. D'Antoni with regard to the sourceXplorer
 business only.  D'Antoni is a senior vice president of Ashland Inc. and group
 officer over the Distribution and Specialty Chemical Group.
     Portland joined Ashland's distribution and specialty chemical operations
 in 1996 as vice president of Marketing.  He later served as vice president of
 Planning & Development and Marketing.  He was named vice president and general
 manager of Ashland Distribution Company's new Service Businesses Division when
 it was launched in early 2000.  He left this position later that year to head
 up the development and launch of Ashland Inc.'s sourceXplorer.com operations.
     The sourceXplorer.com site has established pre-negotiated contracts with
 industry-leading suppliers to provide Ashland customers with access to
 thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers.  Product categories
 offered currently include safety supplies and equipment; fasteners and general
 industrial supplies; electrical supplies; laboratory equipment and supplies;
 pipes, valves, and fittings; janitorial supplies; telecommunications services;
 and office supplies. Additional product categories will be added to the
 sourceXplorer.com online service offering in the future.
      Service Businesses, a division of Ashland Distribution Company, is
 responsible for identifying, launching and operating new service-oriented
 businesses that allow the company to broaden its value-added offerings to
 customers.
     Ashland Distribution Company, a division of Ashland Inc., is a leading
 distributor of chemicals, plastics, fiber reinforcements and fine ingredients
 in North America, and a leading Pan-European distributor of plastics.  Ashland
 Distribution has more than 100 distribution sites serving North America and
 Europe.  Visit our Internet web site at http://www.ashdist.com to learn more
 about these operations.
      Ashland Inc. (NYSE:   ASH) is a Fortune 250 company providing products,
 services, and customer solutions throughout the world. Our businesses include
 road construction, specialty chemicals, lubricants, car-care products,
 chemical and plastics distribution and transportation fuels.  Through the
 dedication of our employees, we are "The Who In How Things Work(TM)." Find us
 at http://www.ashland.com.
 
     SM Service Mark, Ashland Inc.
     TM Trademark, Ashland Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Ashland Inc.
    DUBLIN, Ohio, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Ashland Distribution Company has
 announced that Michael J. Portland has been named vice president and general
 manager of its Service Businesses Division.  Peter M. Bokach, president of
 Ashland Distribution, made the announcement.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001019/CHTH004LOGO )
     In his new position, Portland will be responsible for overseeing Ashland
 Distribution Company's Service Businesses Division, which includes
 Environmental Services, Energy Services and the Service Development Group.  In
 addition, he will continue to oversee Ashland Inc.'s sourceXplorer(SM)
 business unit, for which he has served as vice president for the past year.
     Portland will be based in Dublin, Ohio, and report to Bokach.  In
 addition, he will report to David J. D'Antoni with regard to the sourceXplorer
 business only.  D'Antoni is a senior vice president of Ashland Inc. and group
 officer over the Distribution and Specialty Chemical Group.
     Portland joined Ashland's distribution and specialty chemical operations
 in 1996 as vice president of Marketing.  He later served as vice president of
 Planning & Development and Marketing.  He was named vice president and general
 manager of Ashland Distribution Company's new Service Businesses Division when
 it was launched in early 2000.  He left this position later that year to head
 up the development and launch of Ashland Inc.'s sourceXplorer.com operations.
     The sourceXplorer.com site has established pre-negotiated contracts with
 industry-leading suppliers to provide Ashland customers with access to
 thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers.  Product categories
 offered currently include safety supplies and equipment; fasteners and general
 industrial supplies; electrical supplies; laboratory equipment and supplies;
 pipes, valves, and fittings; janitorial supplies; telecommunications services;
 and office supplies. Additional product categories will be added to the
 sourceXplorer.com online service offering in the future.
      Service Businesses, a division of Ashland Distribution Company, is
 responsible for identifying, launching and operating new service-oriented
 businesses that allow the company to broaden its value-added offerings to
 customers.
     Ashland Distribution Company, a division of Ashland Inc., is a leading
 distributor of chemicals, plastics, fiber reinforcements and fine ingredients
 in North America, and a leading Pan-European distributor of plastics.  Ashland
 Distribution has more than 100 distribution sites serving North America and
 Europe.  Visit our Internet web site at http://www.ashdist.com to learn more
 about these operations.
      Ashland Inc. (NYSE:   ASH) is a Fortune 250 company providing products,
 services, and customer solutions throughout the world. Our businesses include
 road construction, specialty chemicals, lubricants, car-care products,
 chemical and plastics distribution and transportation fuels.  Through the
 dedication of our employees, we are "The Who In How Things Work(TM)." Find us
 at http://www.ashland.com.
 
     SM Service Mark, Ashland Inc.
     TM Trademark, Ashland Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Ashland Inc.

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