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ICI Paints Expands Operations In Boston Area

CLEVELAND, December 17, 2002 – ICI Paints, a leading provider of decorative paints, today announced that its North American division has acquired the architectural paint stores operating under the Hancock Paint banner in the Boston region.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The stores were previously owned by a subsidiary of Sico Inc. (SIC/TSE), headquartered in Quebec city. The expansion strengthens ICI Paints’ position in the greater Boston area, allowing the company to better serve the professional paint market in the area through additional service locations.

Glidden Dismissed from San Francisco Lead Paint Lawsuit

Dismissal Trend Continues in Lead Paint Cases

CLEVELAND, August 1, 2002 – Continuing a growing trend, The Glidden Company was dismissed from a lead paint lawsuit pending in San Francisco after plaintiffs’ counsel agreed to dismiss the company because it never manufactured or sold lead products for use in paint.

Within the past year, Glidden has been dismissed from 12 lead paint cases in California, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas. Seven other cases are still pending. The company remains confident that it will ultimately prevail in the seven remaining cases. The San Francisco case has been pending since August 2000.

Cleveland-based Glidden does business as ICI Paints.

ICI Paints Opens New Distribution Center in Woodland

New facility delivers paint to northwest states from California location

WOODLAND, Calif., September 18, 2002 – ICI Paints, a leading provider of high quality decorative and industrial paints worldwide, has opened a new 155,000-square foot distribution facility in Woodland to serve customers throughout the west coast and Pacific Northwest.

In conjunction with a grand opening event today, ICI Paints will donate paint to the Yolo Community Care Continuum to paint its new seven-bedroom safe harbor house for people with mental illness in the Woodland area.

“This new facility will play a key role in growing our west coast presence and providing outstanding service to our customers in this region,” said Peter Gibbons, Executive Vice President for ICI Paints. “In addition, ICI Paints is a strong believer in supporting the communities it serves. We are proud to support the local economy here in Woodland with this new facility and contribute this much-needed paint to such a worthwhile cause.”

“This new facility is yet another example of the outstanding location and services provided by the City of Woodland for companies that choose to locate operations here,” said Bryce Birkman, Executive Director, Woodland Economic Renaissance Corporation. “We congratulate ICI Paints on opening its facility here and look forward to a long standing relationship between the company and the city.”

“ICI Paints delivered exactly what we needed to take the next step in building our safe harbor house,” said Kate Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Yolo Community Care Continuum. “We welcome them to our community and thank them for immediately getting involved in this important project.”

The facility is managed locally by The Bender Warehouse Company and employs approximately 50 people. The warehouse facility was built by Panattoni Development Corporation, Inc.

El Paso, Texas School District Dismisses Glidden From Lead Paint Suit

CLEVELAND, October 14, 2002 – The Glidden Company, which does business in North America as ICI Paints, today announced that it has been dismissed from a lead paint lawsuit filed by the El Paso (Texas) School District because plaintiffs’ counsel agreed the company never manufactured or sold lead products for use in paint.

The El Paso School District filed the lawsuit on August 12, 2002, naming Glidden and a number of present and former lead pigment manufacturers. The complaint alleged that lead paint was a known hazard and that the defendants did nothing to prevent its use or warn the public of potential harm to children.

Glidden was quickly dismissed after opposing counsel found that the company never manufactured or sold lead products for use in paint and was therefore not responsible for lead-related health issues. The case remains pending against the other defendants.

This recent dismissal in El Paso followed the conclusion of the first phase of the landmark lead paint case in Rhode Island, where a jury failed to determine that old lead paint is a public nuisance. Glidden was dismissed from the Rhode Island case in February 2002 and therefore was not involved in the trial.

In the past year, Glidden has now been dismissed from 14 lead paint cases in California, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island and Texas.

New ICI Paints Store Opens in Burnsville

New ICI Paints Store Opens in Burnsville

Company celebrates opening with gala and donates 300 gallons of paint to Community Action Council

Burnsville, MN February 11, 2003-An ICI Paints store located on 3200 Corporate Center Drive #110 will open on Tuesday, February 11 with a grand opening event from noon to 5 p.m. featuring a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:00 p.m. In conjunction with the opening, ICI Paints will donate 300 gallons of paint to the Community Action Council, a Minneapolis-area organization that provides support to people and communities to prevent violence, ensure school success, and to promote long-term self-sufficiency.

“The paint donation could not have come at a better time,” said Mary Ajax, president of Community Action Council. “The donated paint will be used by our team of community volunteers to repaint and upgrade Lewis House safe houses for battered women and children. We thank ICI Paints for its generous donation and welcome its store to our community.”

The grand opening event at the store will feature a barbecue lunch catered by “Famous Dave,” casino games, product demonstrations and special pricing from noon to 5 p.m. By opening the new store, ICI Paints will improve local service and make it easier and more convenient for professional painting contractors, maintenance managers and community development corps to obtain painting supplies for area projects.

“We are very pleased that ICI Paints has elected to open a paint store in our city,” said Daron Van Helden, president of the Burnsville Chamber of Commerce. “This opening further reinforces ICI Paints commitment to the city and demonstrates its continuing interest in creating jobs and boosting economic development in our area. We congratulate ICI Paints on its continued success and welcome its store.”

The new 6000 square foot store is managed locally by Jeff Balik. The store employs four people and joins four other ICI Paints stores in the Minneapolis market. Store hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

“This store will improve our service for area painters and be a great convenience for many of our customers working nearby,” said Dave Clark, ICI Paints District Manager. “It also demonstrates our continuing commitment to serve this area and contribute to economic expansion in Burnsville. We are also pleased to donate 300 gallons of paint to the Community Action Council for use in projects in this area because we believe in giving back to the communities where we do business.”

ICI Paints Donates Paint for All Fort Worth-Area Habitat For Humanity House Building Projects in 2003

Company announces donation at professional paint contractor event at Texas Stadium

DALLAS, February 21, 2003-ICI Paints, an international leader in the manufacture and distribution of world-class paint brands, today announced that it plans to donate more than 2,000 gallons of paint and primer to supply all house projects scheduled by the Fort Worth area Habitat for Humanity for 2003.

A representative from the Fort Worth Habitat for Humanity chapter will accept the donation Friday at noon during a brief ceremony at Texas Stadium, where ICI Paints is hosting a professional paint contractor trade show this week. The trade show gives Dallas/Fort Worth-area professional paint contractors a chance to see product demonstrations and take advantage of special pricing from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our commitment to the Dallas/Fort Worth area extends beyond our role as a paint supplier and retailer. ICI Paints looks for ways to support the communities it serves through paint donations, particularly through its support of Habitat for Humanity,” said Tim Guthrie, district operations manager for ICI Paints. “We estimate that 1,500 customers will be attending our ProShow event, all of whom will be able to take advantage of great deals, casino games, great food and a chance to win prizes.”

“This paint donation will supply every house build for this year, letting us turn our focus to what we do best – building homes for people in need. It simply could not have come at a better time,” said Tom Lackey of the Fort Worth Area Habitat for Humanity. “We cannot thank ICI Paints enough and sincerely respect their decision to support the Fort Worth area in such a tangible, meaningful way.”

In addition, ICI Paints will give away to one lucky contractor an all expense paid trip to Las Vegas, including airfare for two, three days and two nights at the Bellagio Hotel Casino, autographed Dallas Cowboys merchandise, electronics and much more.

New ICI Paints Store Opens in Fishers

Company celebrates opening with gala and donates 300 gallons of paint to Habitat for Humanity

Fishers, Ind., March 19, 2003 – An ICI Paints store located at 12993 Parkside Drive will open on March 19 with a grand opening event from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. In conjunction with the opening, ICI Paints will donate 300 gallons of paint to the Hamilton County Habitat for Humanity, an organization that provides affordable housing for people in need.

ICI Paints is a proud national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, with plans to provide more than 20,000 gallons of free paint to support Habitat house build projects across the country this year.

The grand opening event at the store will feature a hog roast lunch served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., casino games of chance, product demonstrations and special pricing from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. By opening the new store, ICI Paints will improve local service and make it easier and more convenient for professional painting contractors, maintenance managers and community development corps to obtain painting supplies for area projects.

“The Town of Fishers is very pleased that ICI Paints has elected to open a paint store in our area,” said Fishers Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christi Wolf. “Not only is ICI Paints contributing to our growing economy, it is truly sharing in Fishers’ unique spirit of community by making a commitment to a worthwhile organization like Habitat for Humanity.”

The new 3,500 square foot store is managed locally by Mathew Meriwether. The store employs four people and joins 14 other ICI Paints stores in Indiana. Store hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

“This store will improve our service for area painters and be a great convenience for many of our customers working nearby,” said Steve Fink, ICI Paints District Manager for Indiana. “It also demonstrates our continuing commitment to serve this area and contribute to economic expansion in this city. We are also pleased to donate 300 gallons of paint to the Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County because we believe in giving back to the communities where we do business.”

“This paint donation could not have come at a better time. Our Hamilton County affiliate is growing quickly and the donated paint will be used to paint several houses in their entirety in our area this year,” said Bill Strauss, Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County. “We are grateful to ICI Paints for this wonderful contribution to our community and our hard-working Habitat partner families.”

ICI Paints Supports Charlotte’s Military Families by Donating a Portion of ‘Proshow’ Sales to American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services

Company also announces local paint donation to Habitat for Humanity to supply every Charlotte-area house project this year

Charlotte, NC, March 25, 2003 – ICI Paints, an international leader in the manufacture and distribution of world-class paint brands, today announced two major philanthropic initiatives designed to support the communities where its employees live and work.

To support the families of our troops while they serve our country in the Middle East, ICI Paints will donate a minimum of $5,000 based on sales from its one-day “ProShow” professional paint contractor event in Charlotte on Tuesday to support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services (AFES). AFES’s mission is to provide emergency family communications and services, such as referrals to military aid societies for financial assistance and counseling, information and referrals for problem solving and social services.

“This donation is most welcome in this time of great sacrifice by our troops and their families,” said Ms. Billie Wiley, Director of AFES. “Many of our families are strained emotionally and stretched financially due to the absence of a key member of their household right now. This money will help us help them bridge the gap until their loved ones come home. I encourage other Charlotte-area companies to step in the way ICI Paints has and extend a helping hand to these families.”

In addition, ICI Paints announced that it will donate all the paint necessary to cover every new Habitat for Humanity house project in Charlotte and several surrounding communities this year. The total donation is more than 2,100 gallons and will supply more than 70 houses being built locally this year.

“The paint donation could not have come at a better time. In this challenging economy, more people are in need than ever before and to have ICI Paints step in now to help Charlotte families get a new start in life is really wonderful,” said Bert Green, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. “We look forward to working with ICI Paints to push toward accomplishing our mission of eliminating poverty housing.”

Brief presentations from ICI Paints executives to representatives from AFES and Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte will be made during a short ceremony at noon at the ICI Paints store, located at 1421 East Third Street in Charlotte. All will be available for comment immediately following the ceremony.

ICI Paints’ ProShows are local sales and marketing events where dozens of professional paint contractors and builders gather in a trade-show environment. While having lunch and playing casino games in the store, they will see paint demonstrations, take advantage of special pricing and interact with ICI Paints’ product experts. This year, ICI Paints is also proud to have NASCAR driver Tony Stewart’s No. 20 Chevrolet show car as an exhibit and the Carolina Panthers cheerleading squad providing entertainment at the Charlotte ProShow.

Cleveland-based ICI Paints is part of the ICI Group (NYSE: ICI), one of the world’s largest producers of specialty products and paints. ICI Paints has 49 manufacturing sites in 25 countries and more than 15,000 employees worldwide. In North America, ICI Paints produces decorative coatings brands such as Glidden, Dulux, Ralph Lauren, Devoe, Fuller-O’Brien, Sinclair, Color Your World, C-I-L paint and Liquid Nails caulks and adhesives. ICI Paints in North America is a proud national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, with plans to provide more than 20,000 gallons of free paint to support Habitat house build projects across the country this year. Products are sold through more company stores, national/retail outlets and independent dealers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

ICI Paints Supports Cleveland’s Military Families by Donating a Portion of ‘Proshow’ Sales to Base Cleveland

Company also announces local paint donation to Habitat for Humanity to supply every Cleveland-area house project this year

CLEVELAND – April 2, 2003 – Cleveland-based ICI Paints, an international leader in the manufacture and distribution of world-class paint brands, today announced two major philanthropic initiatives designed to support the community where its employees live and work.

To support the families of our troops while they serve our country in the Middle East, ICI Paints will donate a minimum of $5,000 based on sales from its one-day “ProShow” professional paint contractor event in Cleveland on Wednesday to support Base Cleveland and the American Red Cross. With support from the Red Cross, Base Cleveland was established by Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell to address the needs of military families in this time of crisis. ICI Paints also is making donations to similar organizations in other U.S. cities that host a ProShow.

“This donation is most welcome in this time of great sacrifice by our troops and their families,” said Mayor Campbell. “Many military families are strained emotionally and stretched financially due to the absence of a key member of their household right now. This money will help us help them bridge the gap until their loved ones come home. I encourage other Cleveland-area companies to step in the way ICI Paints has and extend a helping hand to these families.”

In addition, ICI Paints announced that it will donate all the paint necessary to cover every new Habitat for Humanity house project in Cleveland this year. The total donation is approximately 1,000 gallons of paint, which will supply 15 houses being built locally in 2003.

“The paint donation could not have come at a better time. In this challenging economy, more people are in need than ever before and to have ICI Paints step in now to help Cleveland families get a new start in life is really wonderful,” said Jeffrey Bowen, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland. “We look forward to working with ICI Paints to push toward accomplishing our mission of eliminating poverty housing.”

Brief presentations from ICI Paints executives to representatives from the Mayor’s office, Base Cleveland, the American Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland will be made during a short ceremony at 3 p.m. at Windows on the River in the Flats. All will be available for comment immediately following the ceremony.

ICI Paints’ ProShows are local sales and marketing events where hundreds of professional paint contractors and builders gather in a trade-show environment. While having lunch, trade show participants will see paint demonstrations, take advantage of special pricing and interact with ICI Paints’ product experts.

Cleveland-based ICI Paints is part of the ICI Group (NYSE: ICI), one of the world’s largest producers of specialty products and paints. ICI Paints has 49 manufacturing sites in 25 countries and more than 15,000 employees worldwide. In North America, ICI Paints produces decorative coatings brands such as Glidden, Dulux, Ralph Lauren, Devoe, Fuller-O’Brien, Sinclair, Color Your World, C-I-L paint and Liquid Nails caulks and adhesives. ICI Paints in North America is a proud national sponsor of Habitat for Humanity, with plans to provide more than 20,000 gallons of free paint to support Habitat house build projects across the country this year. Products are sold through company stores, national/retail outlets and independent dealers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.