Dec 28, 2000

Leading Water Purification Company to Expand in Pennsylvania

Ionics Inc. will expand its Pennsylvania facilities in Bridgeville, Allegheny
County, and Canonsburg -- creating 60 new jobs and retaining 120 existing jobs.
The company plans to add a 4,500-square-foot third floor to the Bridgeville
facility and lease an additional 100,000 square feet in Canonsburg for heavy
steel manufacturing.

The 40-year-old global separations technology company owns and operates services
for the purification, disinfection, concentration, desalination, treatment, and
analysis of water, wastewater and ultrapure water.

"The Ridge Administration welcomes this leading water-purification
company's expansion, and the new jobs it will bring to Southwestern
Pennsylvania," said Chief Operating Officer of Team Pennsylvania David
Patti, on behalf of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge.

"We at Ionics have made this decision to invest in Pennsylvania based upon
the excellent history of our skilled workforce, the technical resources
available here and the prevailing business climate in the state," said
Arthur L. Goldstein, Ionics' Chairman and CEO ... We are fortunate to have the
support of the Governor's Action Team and its local personnel who have been so
instrumental in helping us realize this moment."

The Governor's Action Team -- economic-development professionals who
report directly to Ridge -- worked with Ionics Inc. to make this expansion a
reality. The Commonwealth's $680,000 package includes Job Creation Tax Credits
and Machinery and Equipment Loan funds.

SOURCE: PRNewswire