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Rio Flooring Systems Announces a New Research & Development Center

Cleveland, Ohio—July 8, 2019–Rio Flooring Systems, a world-leader providing polymer floor coatings is pleased to announce the opening of its new research & development center located in Chicago, Illinois.


President and CEO, Byron Smith says, “We are excited that with this facility we will be able to increase our ability to service current and future customers, as well as improve our speed to market with new products.”


In addition to the new expansion, Rio Flooring Systems welcomes Brian Smith to the Rio team. Smith is the Technical Manager for the new research & development center in Chicago. With over 25 years of experience Smith has managed, coordinated, implemented, & operated all aspects of production, research & development, quality control in chemical engineering & production. Smith’s expertise in the formulation & production of 1K urethanes, 2K urethanes, oil-modified urethanes, chemical resistant epoxy blends, acrylic colorants, epoxy colorants & other coating systems makes him an excellent addition to the Rio Flooring Systems growing team.


“Some companies make this process too difficult. At Rio we plan to make product support and development easy for our customers,” said Smith.


Rio Flooring Systems factories have been manufacturing industrial flooring products for over 100 years. Rio specializes in industrial strength flooring products for use in any facility; food and beverage processing centers, commercial and retail, healthcare, transportation, science and technology, manufacturing, restaurants and hospitality, and education. Rio believes in solid performance with the latest technology products, as well as great people that can guide you through the process and get your asset back to work.


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