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RPM'S CEO and CFO To File Sworn Statements with SEC on August 29

MEDINA, Ohio, Aug 13, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- RPM, Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today announced that, in accordance with the guidelines established by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Thomas C. Sullivan, and its Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Controller, Robert L. Matejka, will each sign sworn statements for the SEC, pursuant to Commission Order No. 4-460, in the form prescribed by the SEC and without qualification, on or before August 29, 2002, when it files its latest annual report on Form 10-K.

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"We have always taken our financial reporting responsibility seriously and stand by the integrity of our public disclosures," said Sullivan.

On June 28, the SEC issued an order to the CEOs and CFOs of the 947 largest public companies requiring certifications to be filed regarding the accuracy of their company's financial statements and their consultations with the company's audit committee. The certifications are required to be filed with the SEC by the close of business on the first date a Form 10-Q or Form 10-K is required to be filed on or after August 14, 2002. For calendar year- end companies, the certifications are due August 14 with the second quarter Form 10-Q. For May 31 year-end companies, like RPM, the certifications are not due until August 29 with the Form 10-K filing. Copies of the sworn statements will be available on RPM's web site, www.rpminc.com and at the SEC's web site, www.sec.gov/rules/extra/ceocfo.htm , at the time of the filing.

RPM, Inc. is a world leader in specialty coatings serving both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products including roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. Its consumer products are used by professionals and do-it- yourselfers for home, automotive and boat maintenance and by hobbyists. Leading industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and Dryvit. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP, Varathane, Bondo and Testor.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" relating to the business of the Company. These forward-looking statements, or other statements made by the Company, are made based on management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events impacting the Company and are subject to uncertainties and factors (including those specified below) which are difficult to predict and, in many instances, are beyond the control of the Company. As a result, actual results of the Company could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by any such forward-looking statements. These uncertainties and factors include (a) general economic conditions; (b) the price and supply of raw materials, particularly titanium dioxide, certain resins, aerosols and solvents; (c) continued growth in demand for the Company's products; (d) legal, environmental and litigation risks inherent in the Company's construction and chemicals businesses and risks related to insurance coverage inherent in the Company's disclosed litigation; (e) the effect of changes in interest rates; (f) the effect of fluctuations in currency exchange rates upon the Company's foreign operations; (g) the potential impact of the euro currency conversion; (h) the effect of non- currency risks of investing in and conducting operations in foreign countries, including those relating to domestic and international political, social, economic and regulatory factors; (i) risks and uncertainties associated with the Company's ongoing acquisition and divestiture activities; and other risks detailed in the Company's other reports and statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the risk factors set forth in the Company's prospectus and prospectus supplement included as part of the Company's Registration Statement on Form S-3 (File No. 333-77028), as the same may be amended from time to time.

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