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MILES INC. CELEBRATES RECENT INVESTMENTS OF $270 MILLION AT ITS BUSHY PARK PLANT, INCLUDING PLANS FOR DORLASTAN SPANDEX PLANT

 CHARLESTON, S.C., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Miles Inc. today recognized investments totaling $270 million at a celebration at its plant in Bushy Park, S.C., near Charleston.
 Customers joined federal, state and local officials and Miles management to recognize the groundbreaking for its Dorlastan spandex synthetic fibers plant. The company also dedicated its new organic pigments plant and Tower Biology wastewater treatment facility.
 "This is a banner year for Miles in Bushy Park," said Helge H. Wehmeier, president and chief executive officer, as he outlined the company's most recent commitments to the Bushy Park site. "We are bringing even more production to this site because of the excellent employee base, the tremendous cooperation with local and state governments, and the wonderful quality of life in this area," he said.
 In discussing the $170 million Dorlastan synthetic fibers plant, Miles' single largest investment in the United States, Wehmeier pointed out that global demand for Dorlastan spandex fibers was growing and that Miles intends to gain a larger share of that market.
 This will be Miles' first spandex production plant in the United States. Scheduled to begin operation in 1995, the plant will have an annual capacity of 3,000 metric tons and will employ 150-170 people. Dorlastan fibers are used in sportswear, outerwear, swimsuits, foundation garments, underwear, socks, hosiery and other articles.
 Customers toured Miles' $70 million-plus state-of-the-art organic pigments production facility, which supplies pigments to a global customer base. Research and development laboratories at the site were expanded to support the new plant, and a unique pilot plant was built to aid the start-up of the new facility. Total employment, including administrative services, is approximately 160 people.
 Organic pigments manufactured by Miles are used for automotive finishes, industrial and architectural coatings, plastics, synthetic fibers and inks.
 The site's Tower Biology wastewater treatment facility was also opened to customer tours. Developed by Miles' parent company, this breakthrough technology is designed to enhance nature's water-purifying process through the use of natural bacteria and high-oxygen input. The entire process takes place in enclosed, above-ground tanks, virtually eliminating the potential for groundwater contamination. The facility cost $30 million.
 In addition to the $270 million in investments recognized at the celebration, Miles' Agfa Division is spending $100 million to build a film and paper finishing plant at Bushy Park. That plant will begin operations in the summer.
 "The economy in South Carolina benefits greatly from companies such as Miles Inc.," said Carroll A. Campbell, governor of South Carolina, at the dedication. "Miles' commitment to our state is substantial. It invests in our communities and our people as well as in new technology and research and development. Miles is a good neighbor, and we look forward to a continued happy and prosperous relationship."
 In recognition of its commitment to science education, Miles announced grants totaling $13,000 to local educational organizations: Trident Technical College, Sedgefield Intermediate School and Kids Who Care About the Environment.
 Miles Inc. is a Fortune 100, research-based company with businesses in chemicals, health care and imaging technologies. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the company employs some 26,000 people and operates eight divisions throughout North America. In 1992, the company had sales of $6.5 billion.
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