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Two RPM Executives File Form 144 Notices

MEDINA, Ohio, Sep 10, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --

Sullivan and Karman To Sell Shares As Part of Their Personal Retirement Planning

RPM, Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced today that Thomas C. Sullivan, chairman and chief executive officer, and James A. Karman, vice chairman, have both filed Form 144 Notices announcing their intention to sell up to 600,000 RPM common shares and 500,000 RPM common shares, respectively.

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As previously indicated, Sullivan (65) and Karman (65) both intend to retire as officers of the company at the upcoming Annual Meeting on October 11, 2002. The sale of these shares are part of both gentleman's personal retirement planning. With the assistance of their independent financial advisors, these proposed transactions will enable Sullivan and Karman to both diversify their personal holdings and raise cash for charitable donations.

After such sales, Mr. Sullivan will continue to beneficially own approximately 1.3 million shares and Mr. Karman will continue to beneficially own approximately 550,000 shares, which, in the aggregate, represent less than 1 percent of the total number of outstanding RPM common shares. Both Sullivan and Karman will retain common shares they received in exchange for certain of their cash-based retirement benefits.

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.

For more information, contact Glenn R. Hasman, vice president of finance and communications, at 330-273-8820.

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