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Rust-Oleum Acquires Fibreglass Safety Products Supplier

17 December 2009

RPM International’s subsidiary, Rust-Oleum Corporation, has acquired FibreGrid Limited, a supplier of fibreglass anti-slip safety products based in the United Kingdom. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be accretive to earnings within one year, have not been disclosed.

FibreGrid, which has annual sales of approximately $3.5 million, manufactures innovative glass reinforced plastic safety products for anti-slip applications such as stair tread covers and noses, riser plates, ladder rungs, decking strips, flooring and matting.

Among its clients are small businesses, warehouses, schools and municipalities. Most of FibreGrid's orders involve custom cutting and colours, 24-hour turnaround and small quantities.

""FibreGrid will become a business unit within our Watco UK Limited business, which is part of Rust-Oleum. Watco has been selling FibreGrid products for many years, has a similar business model and can leverage its marketing expertise to support FibreGrid's growth. FibreGrid's founder, Rob Cousin, will remain involved in the business and his son, Scott, will continue running day-to-day operations,"" stated Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and chief executive officer.





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