Graco Inc.

Graco closes finishing brands acquisition

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (April 2, 2012) - Graco Inc. announced today that it has closed on its $650 million acquisition of the Illinois Tool Works Inc. finishing businesses.

The acquisition includes complementary powder and liquid finishing equipment operations, technologies and brands. In powder finishing, Graco has added Gema®, a global leader in superior powder coating technology and approximately one-third of the purchase price is expected to be allocated to this business. In industrial liquid finishing, the acquisition includes Binks® spray finishing equipment, DeVilbiss® spray guns and accessories, Ransburg® electrostatic equipment and accessories and BGK curing technology.

The United States Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has issued an order for Graco to hold the Liquid Finishing assets separate from the Powder Finishing and other Graco businesses while the FTC investigates and considers a settlement proposal from Graco. Although the Liquid Finishing businesses are wholly-owned by Graco, they will be run independently by existing management under the supervision of a trustee who reports directly to the FTC.

At the completion of its review, the FTC will issue a final decision and order that will identify the products, businesses and/or assets that Graco will be required to divest.