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RPM's Rust-Oleum Subsidiary Acquires UK Fiberglass Safety Products Supplier

By Tim Wright | December 22, 2009

Rust-Oleum Corporation, a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has acquired FibreGrid Limited, a supplier of fiberglass anti-slip safety products based in the UK.

Rust-Oleum Corporation, a subsidiary of RPM International Inc., has acquired FibreGrid Limited, a supplier of fiberglass anti-slip safety products based in the UK. Terms of the transaction, which is expected to be accretive to earnings within one year, were not 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 colors, 24-hour turnaround and small quantities.

"FibreGrid will become a business unit within our Watco UK Limited business, which is part of Rust-Oleum," said Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and CEO. " 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."
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