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08/24/2010

STEMCO Announces Strategic Alliance With GAFF

(LONGVIEW, TEXAS - August 24, 2010) STEMCO, an EnPro Industries company, announced today that it has formed an investment-based strategic alliance with GAFF International. The STEMCO Gaff alliance will provide high performance polyurethane suspension components to the commercial vehicle market in the U.S. and Canadareporting through the STEMCO Kaiser suspension component group based inMillington, Michigan. Gaff International, based in Mexico City, Mexico, is a leading manufacturer of high performance polyurethane components.  Products include bushings, engine supports, torque rods, and components for many other applications for both the OEM and replacement markets.

STEMCO Kaiser provides king pin and spring pin kits known for long-life and simple installation.  ”This partnership with GAFF will help us provide additional high value solutions to our customers,” explains Todd Anderson, STEMCO Kaiser vice president and general manager.  ”STEMCO Gaff is a long-term strategic alliance that expands our suspension product portfolio.  These high performance components benefit the commercial vehicle industry with longer life while reducing total life-cycle maintenance costs.”

Under the alliance, GAFF will transfer all distribution of its products in the U.S. andCanada exclusively to STEMCO Kaiser.  STEMCO Kaiser will provide an investment in GAFF.  The alliance combines the partners’ strong commercial vehicle focus, superior product technology and outstanding reputations for training and customer support.  It will utilize STEMCO’s 45 member fleet-based technical sales team to assist customers with the repair and selection of polyurethane products appropriate to their needs. The sales team will also provide on-site training to maximize both the life of the components and vehicle safety.

“This alliance combines Gaff’s great product technology with STEMCO’s precision training to improve the performance of customers’ equipment while lowering their total operating costs,” said Jon Cox, STEMCO president.  ”We are very excited to enter into this relationship with GAFF.  We are committed to the long term success of this relationship, and we look forward to exploring other opportunities to expand it in the future.”

Founded in 1985 to supply very specific polyurethane components to the replacement market in Mexico, GAFF is now the market leader in Mexico with additional business at the OEM level.  GAFF offers over 2,000 different products for the commercial vehicle market and continues to expand on a monthly basis due to its’ flexibility in design and manufacturing.  The company’s commitment to research and development seeks to provide new and better products using state of the art technology, processes and raw materials.

STEMCO Kaiser has over thirty years experience testing and manufacturing quality long life pins and bushings for king pin and suspension applications. The company is known for king pin and spring pin kits that outperform, outlast and are simpler to install than traditional components.

With offices and manufacturing facilities in Texas, Michigan, New York, Canada andChina, STEMCO is a leader in the technology and manufacture of commercial vehicle wheel end, braking and suspension components as well as fleet information systems. STEMCO is an EnPro Industries, Inc. (NYSE:  NPO) company. EnPro is a leader in the manufacture of sealing technologies and engineered products for use in critical applications by industries worldwide.

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