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Grace Earns Home Improvement Product Award

COLUMBIA, Md., Oct 07, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Grace Construction Products, an operating segment of W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA), has earned the Best New Product Award from Remodeling Magazine for Bondera® TileMatSet, an advanced, pressure sensitive adhesive for tiling projects.

The award was announced at the 2010 Remodeling Show that included more than 300 companies and was sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders. Grace was selected by the magazine's product editors in conjunction with the event's 2010 Product Showcase.

Bondera® TileMatSet was developed primarily for use on countertops, backsplashes, tub and shower surrounds, foyers and laundry rooms. It repels water, resists cracking, prevents mold and mildew and can be applied in wet areas. No dust, odor or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) make Bondera® TileMatSet environmentally friendly.

The product was test marketed in 2009 and is currently available for sale in more than 1,500 Lowe's Home Improvement Centers and on Lowe's web site. More information on the product is available at www.bonderatilematset.com.

"Home improvement projects are much simpler with Bondera® TileMatSet," commented Anthony Vitale, Business Director - Americas, Specialty Building Materials for Grace Construction Products. "Do-it-yourselfers, as well as contractors, can simply unroll and cut a section of the product, remove the plastic release liner and apply the section to a clean surface. No special tools are needed. Tiles can be placed and grouted immediately without the mess, hassle and technical demands required with traditional materials such as mastic and mortar."

Grace Construction Products has been selected for several other awards in recent months. Qualified Remodeler magazine chose Grace Tri-Flex® Underlayment, a high-performance synthetic roofing underlayment, for a Remodelers' Choice 100 Products distinction in the June 2010 issue. The editors of Qualified Remodeler noted that one roll of the Grace underlayment provides the same coverage as five rolls of traditional asphalt roofing felt, and that it can also be used as a temporary roof covering for up to six months. Additional awards are listed online at http://www.grace.com/Media/MediaKit/Awards.aspx.

About Grace Construction Products

Grace Construction Products is a world-leading provider of technically superior concrete admixtures, fibers, surface treatments and liquid pigments that make concrete stronger, longer lasting, crack resistant, aesthetically pleasing and cost efficient. The company also manufactures additives for cement processing, fire protection, waterproofing and masonry products. More information is available at www.graceconstruction.com.

About Grace

Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and other products to petroleum refiners; catalysts for the manufacture of plastics; silica-based engineered and specialty materials for a wide range of industrial applications; sealants and coatings for food and beverage packaging, and specialty chemicals, additives and building materials for commercial and residential construction. Founded in 1854, Grace has operations in over 40 countries. For more information, visit Grace's web site at www.grace.com.

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SOURCE: W. R. Grace & Co.

W. R. Grace & Co.
Christine Welby, +1 617-498-4976