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Nekoosa, A Wingate Partners Portfolio Company, Acquires ClingZ, Continuing Its Product Portfolio Growth

On January 5, 2017, Nekoosa acquired the business and assets of ClingZ, Inc., a Rio Rancho, NM based manufacturerof 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, Wisconsin facility in the second quarter of 2017.

Paul Charapata, 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 5th significant transaction in just over 4 years of partnership. I am excited about the ClingZ customers and products becoming 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 lookforward 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, Inc.:
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 nontoxic, PVC-free products that are eco-sensitive, and recyclable.

About Nekoosa:
Headquartered in Nekoosa WI, Nekoosa is comprised of 3 business units
Nekoosa CoatedProducts - 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; Thermanent®; a premium digital polyester; Indigo Durable Synthetic; 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, Texas in October, 2012.

RTape Corp - founded in 1980 and headquartered in South Plainfield, NJ, RTape manufactures a wide range of products for the sign, screen print and digital printing markets. Products include Conform® series application tapes and screen print pre-masks, DigiMask® surface protection masking for digital prints, Eclypse® overlaminating films, ProGradeTM paint mask, Claritex® printable polycarbonate films, and VinylEfx® embossed metalized vinyl films. RTape was acquired by Nekoosa in April, 2013

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, PETg, for example. CET Films product lines include ClariCapTM acrylic films for the lamination of PVC, ABS, PC and HIPS and ClariGuardTM laser engravable security films. CET was acquired by Nekoosa in April, 2013