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RPM's Tremco Unit Acquisition Expands Its Weatherproofing and Energy Efficiency Capabilities for Buildings

Acquisition to enhance product and consulting services opportunities in growing trend toward energy efficient building design

MEDINA, Ohio, April 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) today announced that its Tremco Incorporated subsidiary acquired Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc. (Canam), including its Zerodraft weatherproofing division. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be accretive to earnings within one year, were not disclosed.

Based in Mississauga, Ontario, and with annual sales of approximately $6 million, Canam will become part of the Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance Division's subsidiary, Weatherproofing Technologies, Inc. (WTI), while Zerodraft will join Tremco's Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing Division.

Canam is one of the leading building envelope contracting firms in North America, with more than 25 years of experience. The term "building envelope" typically refers to the exterior surface of a building's construction - the foundation, roof, walls, windows and everything that connects them together - including all aspects of the building's exterior design that impact energy costs. Canam's consulting and contracting services business focuses on evaluating the energy efficiency of building envelopes and dramatically reducing energy costs through better air sealing and air barriers, including new construction and retrofit contracting work, design consultation, field-testing and installation. Zerodraft provides specialized retrofit weatherstripping and distributes a variety of related insulation and sealant products.

"This acquisition complements our current portfolio of products and services that help make buildings more energy efficient. The added consulting capability and targeted product offering from Canam and Zerodraft address the needs of architects, contractors and building owners for more energy efficient building designs, whether in the context of new construction or renovation work," stated RPM chairman and chief executive officer Frank C. Sullivan.

About RPM

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. Additional details are available at

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

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SOURCE RPM International Inc.

P. Kelly Tompkins
executive vice president - administration and chief financial officer of RPM International Inc.

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