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January 9, 2017

On January 9, 2017, Nekoosa acquired the business and assets of ClingZ, Inc., a Rio Rancho, NM based manufacturer of premium graphic media. The addition of ClingZ expands Nekoosa's specialty products portfolio for customers worldwide and extends its technology platform to drive product innovation. The ClingZ operation will be integrated with the Nekoosa, WI facility in the second quarter of 2017.

Paul Charapata, President & CEO of Nekoosa, commented, "The ClingZ acquisition is directly aligned with our mission of bringing something NEW to our customers and employees. The ClingZ products are a technological marvel, serving an array of print platforms including offset, digital, and wide format. With the support of Wingate Partners, this is our fifth significant transaction in just over four years of partnership. I am excited to have the ClingZ customers and products become part of Nekoosa's portfolio and growth story. We will take great care of all employees throughout the business integration process."

Moritz Schlenzig, CEO of ClingZ, Inc., added, "Nekoosa is a great partner to build on ClingZ's strong franchise and to support future growth by offering expanded manufacturing scale and innovative product development. I look forward to working with Nekoosa to support our valued customers and employees through the integration process, and driving growth for ClingZ product lines globally."

About ClingZ - ClingZ, Inc. is the worldwide leading manufacturer of adhesive-free, electrically charged graphic media and premium low-tac films, for temporary marketing and signage applications. ClingZ is committed to non-toxic, PVC-free products that are eco-sensitive, and recyclable. For more information, please visit www.clingz.com.

About Nekoosa - Headquartered in Nekoosa, WI, Nekoosa is comprised of three business units.
  • Nekoosa Coated Products - Known for 45 years of innovation in carbonless paper technology and more recently an expanding line of specialty products. The portfolio of specialty products includes: SYNAPS® OM and XM, premium synthetic papers from Agfa; ThermaTac™, a new digital removable vinyl signage product; MagneCote®, the world's first magnetic paper; a full line of FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) digital coated papers, and other specialty papers. Nekoosa Coated Products was acquired by Wingate Partners of Dallas, TX in October, 2012.
  • RTape Corp. - Founded in 1980 and headquartered in South Planfield, NJ, RTape manufactures a wide ranage of products for the sign, screen print, and digital printing markets. Products include Conform® series application tapes and screen print premasks; DigiMask® surface protection masking for digital prints; Eclypse® overlaminating films;  Claritex® printable polycarbonate films; and VinylEfx® embossed metalized vinyl films. RTape was acquired by Nekoosa in April, 2013. www.rtape.com
  • CET Films Corp. - Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Lakewood, NJ, CET Films manufactures cast custom extruded films for a range of niche graphic arts and ancillary markets. Resin capabilities include acrylics, PC, PVC, and PETg for example. CET Films product lines include: ClariCap™ acrylic films for the lamination of PVC, ABS, PC and HIPS; ClariGuard™ laser engravable security films. CET Films was acquired by Nekoosa in April, 2013. www.cetfilms.com