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Sherwin-Williams to Acquire Becker Acroma Industrial Wood Coatings

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sherwin-Williams to Acquire Becker Acroma Industrial Wood Coatings02:00 EDT Monday, May 24, 2010Leading Global Industrial Wood Coatings Innovator Joins S-W's Growing Global Finishes GroupCLEVELAND, May 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE: SHW) announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Becker Acroma Industrial Wood Coatings, a subsidiary of AB Wilh. Becker based in Sweden. The transaction, subject to certain regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the third quarter.Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Becker Acroma is one of the largest manufacturers of industrial wood coatings globally and a technology leader in water, UV, and other wood coatings.Becker Acroma wood coatings serve the joinery, kitchen cabinet, furniture, and flooring markets directly and through distributors. �Becker Acroma has more than 900 employees and annual sales of approximately US$300 million. �The Company has an outstanding reputation for innovative technology and quality products.Becker Acroma currently operates 9 manufacturing facilities, 19 mixing sites and 13 technical centers around the world. (Sweden, Italy, Germany, France, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Canada, U.S.) Christopher M. Connor, Chairman and CEO of The Sherwin-Williams Company, said �"We are pleased to bring Becker Acroma, a well-respected company, and their employees into the Sherwin-Williams family. �This is another positive step in our strategy of steady growth and expansion through quality products and people who provide excellent customer service. This acquisition reaffirms our commitment to growing globally through organic expansion, accelerated by appropriate acquisitions."Jenny Linden Urnes, owner and chairman of AB Wilh. Becker, commented, "We are very pleased to sell Becker Acroma to The Sherwin-Williams Company. �Becker Acroma and its committed employees around the world have been a very much appreciated part of Beckers, and I wish them the best of luck in the future. �We know Sherwin-Williams well, and I am confident that joining the Sherwin-Williams family will be good for Becker Acroma's employees, customers, and other stakeholders."George E. Heath, President of Sherwin-Williams Global Finishes Group, stated, "The acquisition of Becker Acroma is another important step in our efforts to strengthen our growing global platform to better serve our customers around the world with outstanding assets, technology, and people."Becker Acroma joins Sherwin-Williams' growing Global Finishes Group following the acquisitions of Sayerlack (2010), Inchem (2008) and Becker Powder Coatings U.S. (2008)Kaj Brandt, CEO of Becker Acroma Industrial Wood Coatings said, "We are excited to join the Sherwin-Williams family and to contribute to the company's success across the globe. We have respected Sherwin-Williams for years, and are delighted to now be a partner."Sherwin-Williams Global Finishes Group The Sherwin-Williams Global Finishes Group is a leading supplier of advanced technology liquid and powder product finishes for the world OEM market through 15 manufacturing and 79 facility locations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and China. For more information, visit The Sherwin-Williams CompanyFounded in 1866, The Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. The company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams�, Dutch Boy�, Krylon�, Minwax�, Thompson's� WaterSeal� and many more. With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams� branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of 3,354 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company's other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors. The Sherwin-Williams Global Finishes Group distributes a wide range of products in more than 70 countries around the world. For more information, visit The Sherwin-Williams Company: �M&A 3.31.10SayerlackItalyIndustrial Coatings2.2.09AltaxPolandProtective Coatings12.12.08EuronavyPortugalProtective Coatings7.31.08Inchem HoldingsSingaporeIndustrial Coatings2.18.08Becker Powder Coatings USColumbusIndustrial Coatings12.29.07FlexMexicoAutomotive Coatings9.27.07Columbia Spokane41 Paint Stores9.21.07VHT Paint LineScottsdaleAerosol Coatings8.3.07NAPKOMexicoProtective Coatings6.28.07Pinturas IndustrialesUruguayArchitectural Coatings6.1.07M.A. BruderPhiladelphia132 Paint Stores4.4.07NITCOIndiaArchitectural CoatingsContacts:Robert WellsSenior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public AffairsSherwin-WilliamsDirect: �216.566.2244rjwells@sherwin.comMike ConwayDirector Corporate Communications and Investor RelationsSherwin-WilliamsDirect: �216.515.4393Pager: � SOURCE The Sherwin-Williams CompanyFor further information: Robert Wells, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Sherwin-Williams, +1-216-566-2244,; or Mike Conway, Director Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Sherwin-Williams, Direct: +1-216-515-4393, Pager: +1-216-422-3751,