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PPG Provide Engineering Design Support for New Fibre Glass Facility

18 June 2004

PPG Industries is providing the engineering design and process technology for a new fibre glass manufacturing facility to be built in Tennessee.

This is a joint venture of roofing companies Tamko Roofing Products and IKO Industries, Ltd of the US.

Under a long-term services agreement, PPG will also provide bushings, technical services, technology updates and employee training, and negotiate for supply of raw materials. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The plant, which will have a manufacturing capacity of 150 million pounds, is expected to be in service by early 2006 to produce wet chopped strands for Tamko, based in Joplin, Mo., and IKO, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The facility will provide a portion of the fibre glass needed by the two companies, which will continue buying wet chop fibre glass from the merchant market.

“PPG’s leadership in the fibre glass industry -- while not competing as a roofing products manufacturer -- uniquely positions us as a valuable partner in this venture,” said Vicki Holt, vice president of PPG’s fibre glass business. “We are pleased to bring the full scope of our technology and service to help the respective businesses to grow, while increasing our exposure in the roofing business.”

Facility co-owners Tamko and IKO will each take 50 percent of the production from the facility for in-house use. O’Neal Constructors, LLC, of Greenville, S.C., is general contractor for construction of the plant.

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