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Ex-Goodyear exec appointed AirBoss president

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Tim Toppen

NEWMARKET, Ontario (Jan. 7, 2014) — AirBoss of America Corp. has named Tim Toppen, a former president of Goodyear's engineered products and chemicals businesses, to be its president, effective immediately.

Mr. Toppen will be responsible for the company's growing businesses in rubber compounding, engineered products, auto parts and defense, Airboss Chairman Gren Schoch said.

Mr. Toppen brings more than 30 years of management experience in the rubber industry in both the public and private sector.

He most recently was chairman and CEO of TruVitals Inc., a private medical device company, and previously was president and CEO as well as a board member of Veyance Technologies (formerly Goodyear Engineered Products); president of Goodyear Engineered Products; and president of Goodyear Chemical.

According to Airboss, these companies had more than $2.7 billion in sales in rubber products in North and South America, Asia and Europe.

Mr. Schoch said the company is "thrilled that we have been able to attract an individual of the quality and experience of Mr. Toppen to lead our growth plans for the future.

His career in the rubber industry both in North America and abroad makes him an ideal candidate to spearhead our continued growth."

AirBoss of America develops, manufactures and sells proprietary rubber based products to transportation, military and industrial markets. One of North America's largest custom rubber compounding companies, Airboss said it has a capacity to supply more than 250 million pounds of rubber annually to a diverse group of rubber manufacturers.

The firm's AirBoss-Defense subsidiary is a rubber chem-bio protective wear provider and its Flexible Products unit is a supplier of anti-vibration solutions to the North American automotive market.

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