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Kop-Coat Executive Elected President of American Wood-Preservers' Association

MEDINA, Ohio, Jul 2, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- RPM, Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced today that Dr. Alan Ross, vice president and technical director of Kop-Coat, Inc., an RPM company based in Pittsburgh, PA, has been elected president of the American Wood-Preservers' Association (AWPA). For nearly 100 years, AWPA has been devoted to the development of standards and the dissemination of technical information on preservative treated wood. AWPA standards cover a wide range of treated wood products including utility poles, railroad ties, docks, windows and backyard decks.

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Ross has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Yeshiva University and a B.S. in Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. He has been vice president and technical director for Kop-Coat since its establishment in 1988 as a spin- off from the Koppers Company.

Kop-Coat is a global producer of preservatives and protective coatings for lumber, millwork and wood-based composites, and has been a subsidiary of RPM since 1990.

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, Flecto, Bondo and Testor.

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