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Ashland Inc. To Acquire Northwest Coatings
Monday October 30, 7:00 am ET

COVINGTON, Ky., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ashland Inc. announced today that it signed a definitive agreement on Friday, Oct. 27, to purchase the assets of Northwest Coatings of Oak Creek, Wis., a formulator and manufacturer of adhesives and coatings employing ultraviolet and electron beam (UV/EB) polymerization technologies. Northwest Coatings is a holding of Caltius Equity Partners. The transaction, which includes production facilities in Milwaukee, Wis., and Greensboro, N.C., is valued at approximately $72 million. Trailing 12-month sales of Northwest Coatings are nearly $40 million.

"This is an important acquisition for us in a high-growth, attractive market segment," said James J. O'Brien, Ashland Inc. chairman and chief executive officer. "It demonstrates our strategy to pursue acquisition opportunities in markets and technologies that are experiencing rapid change."

Marcello Boldrini, vice president, Ashland Performance Materials, and general manager, Specialty Polymers & Adhesives (SP&A), commented, "With this transaction we strengthen our adhesive and coatings offerings to the packaging, converting and labeling markets. Northwest is a leader in ultraviolet and electron beam chemistries, and we expect to leverage these technologies throughout our business on a worldwide basis." He added, "The investment will further enhance Ashland's reputation as a first-tier provider of specialty adhesives."

Closing of the acquisition, which is anticipated to take place before the end of 2006, is dependent upon a number of standard closing conditions, including regulatory review.

Ashland Specialty Polymers & Adhesives, a business unit of Ashland Performance Materials, is a global leader in pressure sensitive and structural adhesives for the packaging and converting, building and construction, and transportation industries.

Ashland Performance Materials, a division of Ashland Inc., is a worldwide manufacturer and supplier of specialty chemicals and customized services to the building and construction, packaging and converting, transportation, marine and metal casting industries. It is a technology leader in metal casting consumables and design services; unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins and gel coats; and high-performance adhesives and specialty resins.

Source: Ashland Inc.

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