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MIKE RAGAN PROMOTED TO WORLDWIDE DIRECTOR OF SALES FOR CONCRETE PRODUCTS - GRACE CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTS

CAMBRIDGE, MA, February 1, 1999 - Gregory E. Poling, Vice President and General Manager of Concrete, Cement and Masonry Products for Grace Construction Products, named Michael D. Ragan Worldwide Director of Sales for Concrete Products. Since 1996, Mike has held the position of North America Sales Manager for Concrete Products. This promotion will increase Ragan's management responsibilities to include Europe and Asia Pacific in addition to North America.

"Mike Ragan has contributed significantly to our continued growth in North America, making Grace Construction Products the leading concrete admixture supplier. With his leadership, Grace has introduced a number of successful customer programs focused on improving our customers' profitability. Ragan has always instilled in his sales teams the necessity to create real customer value. He has also introduced several internal sales improvement programs that have resulted in increased productivity and growth. In addition to his sales management skills, he brings to this position over twenty years of producer, distributor, contractor and specification knowledge within the construction industry. We look forward to implementing successful customer programs through the professional efforts of our sales team worldwide," says Poling.

Ragan began his career at Grace Construction Products in 1982, with the Building Products group. He was appointed North American sales manager for the Fire Protection Products group in August 1990, and, in April 1993, he became the general manager for the Masonry Products group. Prior to becoming the Concrete Products North American sales manager, Ragan served as the North American sales manager for Grace's Waterproofing business.

Ragan is a 1976 graduate of Loyola College in Baltimore and is an active member of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. He continues to reside in Hollis, New Hampshire with his wife Beth and their four children.


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