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Thomas C. Sullivan Begins Term as NPCA Chairman

WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Thomas C. Sullivan, chairman and chief executive officer of RPM, Inc. (NYSE: RPM), assumed the position of Chairman of the Board of the National Paint & Coatings Association (NPCA) at the association's 114th Annual Meeting, held Oct. 28-30 in Seattle, Washington. Sullivan, former NPCA vice chairman, succeeded outgoing Chairman, E. Kears Pollock, retired executive vice president, office of the chief executive at PPG Industries, Inc.

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Sullivan brings 40 years of industry experience and leadership to his two- year chairmanship. Sullivan joined Republic Powdered Metals, RPM's forerunner, in 1961 as a divisional sales manager, following two years of service as a communications officer aboard the U.S.S. Braine battleship, which operated throughout the Pacific. Sullivan was elected vice president of RPM in 1967, executive vice president in 1969 and president in 1970. He has been chairman and CEO since being elected in 1971.

Sullivan serves on the board of directors of Pioneer-Standard Electronics, Inc., National City Bank, Huffy Corporation and Kaydon Corporation. He also serves as a trustee and member of the advisory boards of various Cleveland urban community and educational organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, City Year Cleveland, Cleveland Tomorrow, Malachi House, and the West Side Multi-Service Center. Sullivan received his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

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, floor 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 and Bondo.

NPCA is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association representing some 400 paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers and distributors. As the preeminent organization representing the paint and coatings industry in the United States, NPCA's primary role is to serve as ally and advocate on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues at the federal, state and local levels.

For more information, contact J. Andrew Doyle, president of the National Paint & Coatings Association at 202-462-6272 or .

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CONTACT: J. Andrew Doyle, president of the National Paint & Coatings Association at 202-462-6272 or

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