PPG reaches agreement to acquire Iowa Paint service centers, brand names


PITTSBURGH, Dec. 13, 2005 – PPG Industries has reached agreement to acquire from privately owned Iowa Paint Manufacturing a network of 42 architectural coatings service centers focused on professional paint contractors and industrial customers in the Midwest. The acquisition will also include the Iowa and Sterling brands.

Terms were not disclosed.

“Iowa Paint has developed a well-earned reputation for performance and service, and we’re delighted to be able to add the Iowa and Sterling brands to our family of architectural finishes,” said Richard Beuke, PPG’s vice president of architectural coatings. “This geographic extension will expand the reach of our distribution network and add to the vitality and strength of our business.”

Iowa Paint operates service centers in eight states: Iowa, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

PPG currently operates 337 company-owned architectural coatings service centers in 23 states, manufacturing paints and stains under the Pittsburgh Paints, Olympic, Porter, Monarch and Lucite brands.

Pittsburgh-based PPG is a global supplier of coatings, glass, fiber glass and chemicals, with 108 manufacturing facilities and equity affiliates in more than 20 countries. Sales were $9.5 billion in 2004.

Iowa and Sterling are trademarks of Iowa Paint Manufacturing.
Pittsburgh, Olympic, Porter and Monarch are trademarks of PPG. Lucite, which is used under license by PPG, is a trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.


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Contact:
Jeff Worden
412-434-3046

Investors:
Vince Morales
412-434-3740


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