FAIRLAWN, OH – OMNOVA Solutions, a specialty chemicals provider headquartered in Fairlawn, OH, has appointed Dowd & Guild Inc., San Ramon, CA, as the distributor for its West Coast and Southern territories for the paint and coatings, floor care, fluoropolymers, graphic arts, nonwovens, personal care, tapes, and adhesives markets. The West Coast and Southern territories include the following states:  Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.  This appointment was effective November 15, 2012.