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CAMBRIDGE, MA, July 1, 1999 - Michael D. Ragan, Worldwide Director of Sales for Concrete Products, Grace Construction Products, named Anthony P. (Tony) Vitale North American Sales Manager for Concrete Products. Since 1996, Tony has held the position of North America Sales Manager for Waterproofing Products.

In this position Tony will be responsible for the continuous improvement of Grace's Concrete Products sales force and the growth of admixture sales in North America. Tony will utilize his diverse business background in building materials management to help customers increase their profits through the use of value-added products, programs and services.

"Tony Vitale has contributed significantly to our continued growth in sales in North America, making Grace Construction Products a leading waterproofing supplier. In addition to his sales management skills, he brings to this position over twenty years of experience within the construction industry," says Ragan.

Vitale began his career with Grace in 1984 in the former Building Products Group as an architectural representative for roofing and fireproofing in metro New York. In 1986, he was promoted to Building Products branch manager in South Florida and in 1989 was promoted to district manager specialty products-Eastern Region. With the formation of the Fire Protection group in 1990, he assumed national responsibility for Retro-Guard fireproofing. In 1993, Tony was promoted to group product manager with North American Concrete Products and in 1995 was named North American Manager for Engineering Services. Prior to joining Grace he served as general manager for a building materials distributor and as an architectural representative for Dow Chemical U.S.A.

Vitale holds a BA from Harpur College and received his MBA with Honors from Ohio State University. He is an active member of the Construction Specifier Institute (CSI). He continues to reside in Nashua, NH with his wife Kathy and their two children.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Grace Construction Products, a business unit of W.R. Grace & Co., is a leading manufacturer worldwide of Concrete Products, cement processing additives, fire protection and waterproofing products, and masonry products. The company has more than 125 plants and sales offices around the world.

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