Specialty Industrial Expands With Acquisition Of GCI

Industrial Products (SIP), Spartanburg, S.C., recently announced the acquisition of GCI
Technologies Inc., Gastonia, N.C.SIP said that the acquisition fits its strategic plan to diversify
its business with an expanded line of textile auxiliary products.GCI offers a comprehensive product
line for dyeing operations, including scouring agents, softeners, surfactants, leveling agents and
foaming aides.According to SIP, GCI will be managed as an affiliated company by SIP.

February 1999