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DAL-TILE'S COX TO RETIRE, PILLIOD NAMED CHAIRMAN AND CEO

 DALLAS, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Dal-Tile International Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer, Bill R. Cox, 58, has announced his retirement from the company. Cox will be succeeded by Charles J. Pilliod Jr. who will become chairman of the board and chief executive officer.
 Pilliod has had a distinguished career in the public, international and private sectors and has been a director of Dal-Tile since 1990. He was the chairman and chief executive officer of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company from 1974 to 1983 where he worked for 42 years. He also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico from 1986 to 1989. Pilliod currently is the chairman of the board to ABF Investors Inc., an aluminum mini- mill and fabricator headquarters in Akron, Ohio, which is an affiliate of AEA Investors Inc. AEA Investors Inc., a private investment firm located in New York, acquired Dal-Tile in January 1990.
 According to Pilliod, "During Bill Cox's tenure, Dal-Tile has been able to strengthen its leading market position through his guidance and the commitment of its employees and management. After being with this company for over 30 years, Bill's contributions will have a lasting impact on the company's continued success. Our plans are to build on that success by (i) continuing to expand its national network of company-operated sales centers that carry one of the industry's broadest product lines, (ii) selling company manufactured and purchased products for both commercial and residential applications and (iii) providing superior customer service, product availability and technical expertise."
 Dal-Tile, which commenced operations in 1947, is the largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of glazed and unglazed tile in North America as well as one of the largest in the world. Dal-Tile retails its products principally through its expanding network of 200 company-operated sales centers. In addition, the company is one of the largest volume providers of tile to the Mexican market, which has grown rapidly over the last few years.
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 /CONTACT: Alan Hilburg of Alan Hilburg & Associates, 703-790-1051, for Dal-Tile International Inc./


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