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Richard M. Wilson Named President of Carboline Company

MEDINA, Ohio, Apr 15, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --

Brings 20 Years of Coatings Industry Experience to RPM Business

RPM, Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced today that Richard M. Wilson will join the company as president of its Carboline business, effective April 15. Wilson will report to David Reif, president of the StonCor Group within RPM's Industrial division, who has overseen Carboline's operations over the past two years.

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"We are pleased to add Dick Wilson to the RPM family," said Frank C. Sullivan, RPM president and chief operating officer. "Dick is a strong team leader with an impressive track record of improving top- and bottom-line performance through strategic market development and profit improvement initiatives."

Wilson, 49, spent nearly 20 years with The Sherwin-Williams Company, a $5 billion international manufacturer, distributor and direct seller of coatings and related products. During his tenure, Wilson held a variety of management positions, last serving as executive vice president of the company's Consumer Group. Wilson led the integration process that created this unified business group from four independent operating divisions, and developed its strategic business plan, which focused on improving revenues and ensuring long-term profitability. In 1999, he left Sherwin-Williams to serve as the president and chief operating officer of a privately owned, Cleveland-based company, where he implemented a business strategy that increased sales approximately 12 percent and improved delivery capacity by nearly 20 percent.

"I look forward to joining Carboline's talented management team and assisting it in building upon a rich history of operational success and leading market position," said Wilson.

Wilson, a native of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, received a bachelor's degree from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, in 1974 and earned his master's degree in business administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland in 1979. Wilson and his wife, Joan, have one daughter. The family plans to relocate to St. Louis, where Carboline is headquartered.

Carboline Company is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of high- performance, heavy-duty corrosion control coatings.

RPM, Inc. is a world leader in specialty coatings serving both industrial and consumer markets. RPM's industrial products include 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, Flecto, Bondo and Testor.

For more information, contact: Glenn R. Hasman, RPM's vice president of finance and communications, 330-273-8820.

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