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RPM's Tremco Acquires Licensee in France; Complements and Accelerates European Construction Market Expansion

MEDINA, Ohio, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced today that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries in Europe, Tremco illbruck International, has purchased Prosytec SAS from a subsidiary of Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR).

With sales of approximately $39 million (euro 26 million), Prosytec is a leading provider of sealants for the construction and window assembly markets in Southern and Eastern Europe. The company has been a long-time partner of Tremco and has served major European markets under a licensing arrangement since 1997. Prosytec is headquartered in Paris and has a manufacturing plant in Dijon, France. Prosytec will become part of the Tremco illbruck International organization, the European operating platform for Tremco.

RPM's president and CEO, Frank C. Sullivan, stated, "We are very pleased to complete the Prosytec deal and, in so doing, grow our construction and window sealants presence dramatically in Southern and Eastern Europe. This transaction will enhance our already strong sealants business in Europe, which is so successfully led by the management team of our German-based Tremco illbruck International company."

RPM International Inc., a holding company, owns subsidiaries that are world leaders in specialty coatings and sealants serving both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and Dryvit. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it- yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement, boat repair and maintenance, and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust-Oleum, DAP, Varathane, and Testors.

For more information, contact P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president and chief administrative officer, at 330-273-5090 or

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SOURCE RPM International Inc.

P. Kelly Tompkins, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of RPM International Inc.

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