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GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PROCTER & GAMBLE AS RECIPIENT OF FIRST EDISON AWARD

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor George V. Voinovich today announced The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) as the first recipient of the Thomas Edison Award.
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 Procter & Gamble was selected by the directors of the Ohio Edison Technology Centers in recognition of their global leadership achievements in environmental quality management.
 "Procter & Gamble has long been celebrated as one of the nation's foremost companies," Voinovich said. "To date, P&G's efforts to reduce waste have been impressive. It is also important to note the steps P&G has taken to minimize the impact of their products and packaging on the environment."
 Lt. Governor Mike DeWine will present the award to Edwin L. Artzt, chairman and chief executive of P&G, tonight at a reception at Players Capitol Theatre in Columbus, Ohio. Presentation of the award and remarks by Artzt highlight the 10-year anniversary celebration of Ohio's Thomas Edison Program.
 The annual Thomas Edison Award will recognize a company or organization that utilizes technology to impact not only its operations, but also quality of life. This philosophy is the legacy of Thomas Alva Edison, native Ohioan and inventor of more than 1,600 products including the electric light bulb.
 "At P&G, we think in terms of the entire world in everything we do," Artzt said.
 The company takes a proactive role as an environmental leader throughout Ohio and the United States. Since 1986, P&G's Lima, Ohio, detergent plant has reduced water, air and solid waste discharges by more than 75 percent and has become a model for other plants around the world. At its more than 140 plants worldwide, Procter & Gamble has aggressively pursued ways to reduce the environmental impact of its manufacturing operations.
 The bulk of its "Pampers" and "Luvs" diapers has been reduced by almost 40 percent since 1986 and compressed plastic packages use 80 percent less materials than cardboard. Plastic bottles have been redesigned. A new "Crisco Oil" bottle currently in test market uses one-third less plastic than any other leading cooking oil bottle. Additionally, the company's "Spic and Span Pine" and "Ultra Downy" bottles use 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastics.
 "These gains do not come easily or inexpensively," the governor added. "We are pleased to recognize the very positive impact P&G is making here in Ohio and around the world with their dedication to pollution prevention. P&G is showing industry the value of innovation and the practical application of new techniques, new processes, and a better world. This is the leadership we wish to recognize with the award."
 Ohio's Thomas Edison Program, established by the legislature in 1983, has three components: Technology Centers, Technology Incubators, and the Seed Development Fund. The Edison Technology Centers actively support manufacturing companies in acquiring and applying new technologies. Since their inception, the eight centers report saving more than 6,000 jobs statewide.
 Ohio Edison Technology Centers include: Cleveland Advanced Manufacturing Program, Edison BioTechnology Center (Cleveland and Athens), Edison Industrial Systems Center (Toledo), Edison Materials Technology Center (Dayton), Edison Polymer Innovation Corporation (Brecksville), Edison Welding Institute (Columbus), and the Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (Cincinnati).
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