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IONICS SIGNS AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE FACTORY BUILDING FOR EXPANSION OF ITS ELITER BLEACH MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS

 WATERTOWN, Mass., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Ionics, Incorporated (NYSE: ION) announced today that it had signed an agreement and obtained the necessary permitting approvals to purchase a 129,000 square foot factory in Ludlow, Mass., to facilitate the continuing expansion of its Elite Chemicals Division.
 Elite Chemicals, which manufactures sodium hypochlorite bleach utilizing Ionics' proprietary electrochemical cell technology, has been one of Ionics' fastest growing businesses. Elite packages and sells its bleach products, on a private label basis, to over 30 supermarket chains as well as to janitorial distributors, mass merchandisers and warehouse stores. In addition to bleach, Elite also supplies, on a private label basis liquid dishwashing detergent, glass cleaner, stain remover, and other household and janitorial cleaning chemicals.
 Manufacturing operations in the Ludlow facility are expected to begin in mid 1994.
 Ionics is a separations technology company involved worldwide in the manufacture and sale of membranes and related equipment for the purification of water, in the supply of purified water and water treatment chemicals, and in the sale of bottled water and home water purifiers.
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 /CONTACT: T. G. Papastavros or A. T. Coughlin of Ionics, 617-926-2500/
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