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December 3, 2013

Darrin Baum Promoted to Lead New Zep Vehicle Care

Industry and company veteran to con1nue focus on growth,

EAGAN, Minn.—December 3, 2013—Zep Vehicle Care, a leading provider of chemical soluDons to the car wash industry, announced that it has promoted Darrin Baum to vice president, general manager where he will lead the newly created vehicle care division of Zep Inc.

Baum joined Zep Inc. with the acquisiDon of Ecolab’s Vehicle Care division, and has been a leader with the company for 16 years. His most recent assignment was senior vice president of sales and service. In his tenure with Vehicle Care, Baum has grown through the company as territory manager, district manager, western area vice president, vice president of corporate accounts and the vice president of sales and service. AddiDonally, Baum has long-standing industry experience, having worked in and managed car washes previously, as well as serving on the board of the Western Car Wash AssociaDon since 2002.

“Darrin’s extensive knowledge of our industry and his passion for our team, together with his business acumen and dynamic leadership skills, uniquely qualify him to lead Zep Vehicle Care into the future,” said Steve Nichols, group president of Zep Inc.

Zep Vehicle Care, the largest soluDons provider to the vehicle care industry, was created in December of 2012 with Zep Inc.’s purchase of Ecolab’s Vehicle Care division and subsequent consolidaDon of Zep’s car wash division and Niagara truck wash business. The new Vehicle Care group has

150 employees, 90 distributors, and represents Armor All Professional®, Blue Coral®, Rain-X®, Black Magic® and Zep® brands.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead Zep Vehicle Care during this very exciDng Dme in our business development,” says Baum. “Zep Inc. has demonstrated a commitment to the car wash industry and to our business. As we complete our integraDon of the separate businesses over the next several months, we have a unique opportunity and aggressive plan for growth and conDnued industry leadership.” 

About Zep, Inc.

Zep Inc., with fiscal year 2013 net sales of approximately $690 million, is a leading consumable chemical packaged goods company selling a wide variety of high-performance chemicals that help professionals and prosumers clean, maintain and protect their assets. We are focused on the attractive industry dynamics of the transportation market and the industrial maintenance and repair operation ("MRO") market, which together now comprise approximately 60% of our revenue with the balance derived from sales into the facilities maintenance vertical. We market these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep®, Zep Commercial®, Zep Professional®, Enforcer®, National Chemical™, Selig™, Misty®, Next Dimension™, Petro®, i-Chem®, TimeMist®, TimeWick™, MicrobeMax®, Country Vet®, Konk®, Original Bike Spirits®, Blue Coral®, Black Magic®, Rain-X®, Niagara National™, FC Forward Chemicals®, Rexodan®, Mykal™, and a number of private label brands. Founded in 1937, some of Zep Inc.'s brands have been in existence since 1896. Zep Inc. is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit our website at