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RPM's CEO Participates in Presidential Conversation on Asbestos Litigation Reform

MEDINA, Ohio, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM) announced that Frank C. Sullivan, the company's president and chief executive officer, participated today in a conversation hosted by President George W. Bush, held at the Macomb Performing Arts Center in Clinton Township, Michigan, which focused on asbestos litigation reform.

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"It was an honor and a privilege to participate in today's event," said Sullivan. "I sincerely appreciate the President's interest in the 8,000 employees of RPM who, like the hundreds of thousands who work for other small- to-midsize U.S. manufacturers, find themselves unfairly at the center of the ever-increasing number of asbestos-related lawsuits. It is my hope that such open discussions can lead to a solution that provides fair compensation for the truly sick while fixing a broken system that is having a uniquely damaging impact on America's manufacturing base, its workers, retirees and investors."

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, Carboline, Day-Glo, Euco and Dryvit. RPM's consumer products are used by professionals and do-it- yourselfers for home maintenance and improvement, automotive and boat repair and maintenance, and by hobbyists. Consumer brands include Zinsser, Rust- Oleum, DAP, Varathane, Bondo and Testors.

For more information, contact P. Kelly Tompkins, senior vice president of RPM, at 330-273-8813.

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