Gema Joins Graco, Creating Synergistic Advantages

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Customers in particular and the marketplace at large will benefit from combined strengths of leading finishing brands

The addition of the Gema Powder Finishing business to Graco’s existing finishing operations is highly strategic and complementary.

Gema, the global leader in powder coating equipment, begins a new chapter in its business history. As previously announced, Gema begins operating as a new business unit of the Graco Corporation (NYSE: GGG) effective April 2, 2012.

Finishing customers worldwide will benefit from the joint effort of two recognized technology leaders who complement one another with strong brands, professional teams and excellent product ranges.

“The addition of the Gema Powder Finishing business to Graco’s existing finishing operations is highly strategic and complementary,” said Patrick J. McHale, Graco’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “It allows the Company access to attractive end markets; the global distribution base of Gema is strong and growing; the emerging market exposure is highly attractive; and the brand name is well established with end users as a high quality, technological leader.”

“This is going to be an extraordinarily exciting time for all of us as we work to make our successful business even better,” states Claudio Merengo, Gema Group President. “This change in our corporate ownership will enhance our ability to provide high quality products and continued excellent service.”

Gema will operate as a separate business unit and customers and industry partners will see no change in how the company conducts business. Gema will continue to manufacture and deliver great products, continue to provide excellent support to their worldwide distributors and customers, and continue to advance innovation projects, with the same team of dedicated and experienced managers and employees.

Over the next several months a transition will occur as marketing, promotional, and product materials are integrated with the new company name, Gema.

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About Gema
Gema is a worldwide leader of powder coating equipment and systems. From manual units to fully automated systems, Gema offers solutions to satisfy customers in a wide variety of end markets. Gema has worldwide headquarters in St. Gallen, Switzerland and a broad worldwide distribution network. North American headquarters are located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Visit Gema on the web at gemapowder.

About Graco
Graco Inc. supplies technology and expertise for the management of fluids in both industrial and commercial applications. It designs, manufactures and markets systems and equipment to move, measure, control, dispense and spray fluid materials. A recognized leader in its specialties, Minneapolis-based Graco serves customers around the world in the manufacturing, processing, construction and maintenance industries. For additional information about Graco Inc., visit graco.com.

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