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Dur-A-Flex Appoints Ferris President and COO

Dur-A-Flex announced today that it appointed Peter V. Ferris, the former President of Charter Medical, Ltd., as President and Chief Operating Officer.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Dur-A-Flex announced today that it appointed Peter V. Ferris, the former President of Charter Medical, Ltd., as President and Chief Operating Officer effective January 1, 2011.

Bob Smith, Dur-A-Flex’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted to have Peter join the Dur-A-Flex family. Peter has consistently demonstrated throughout his career the ability to build teams that achieve strong performance and growth. We welcome his business experience and leadership.”

Mr. Ferris said, “I am truly excited about the opportunity to work with Bob and the Dur-A-Flex team. Dur-A-Flex has an incredible portfolio of polymer coatings technologies and strong contractor partners that will drive future growth. I look forward to guiding this dynamic organization to the next level of business success.”

Ferris comes to Dur-A-Flex with over 30 years of business experience. Since 2006, he served as President of Charter Medical, Ltd. in Winston-Salem, N.C., a business unit of Manchester, Conn-based Lydall, Inc. (NYSE-LDL). At Charter, he successfully built and led the team that returned the company to profitability, achieved ISO 13485 re-certification and completed a $3M capital expansion project focused on disposable solutions for the Biotech and Life Science markets.

Prior to joining Charter Medical, Ferris spent seven years with Princeton, N.J.-based Tyco International, Ltd. (NYSE-TYC) where he was Vice President of Strategic Marketing. While at Tyco, he held senior positions in Global Marketing at Tyco’s Submarine Systems business as well as leadership positions in Marketing and Investor Relations at Tyco International’s corporate office in New York City.

Prior to Tyco, Ferris spent nine years with the Dexter Corporation (NYSE-DEX), a specialty chemicals and materials company based in Windsor Locks, Conn. At Dexter, he started in the CEO’s Management Development program, which led to a series of progressive management positions in Marketing and R&D at Dexter’s Specialty Coatings and Food Packaging business in Waukegan, IL. His last position with Dexter was Vice President and General Manager of the Polymer Systems business where he oversaw operations in Manchester, UK; Singapore; and Seabrook, NH. Polymer Systems specialized in epoxy and methacrylate adhesives and functional polymer coatings serving global industrial markets.

Ferris is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, NH with a bachelor’s of science degree in Finance and Economics. After graduation, Ferris founded and was President of a regional, perishable distribution company for nine years in Simsbury and Madison, Conn. He is married with four children and resides in Rye, NH.

Named one of the “Best Places to Work in CT” for the fourth time by the Hartford Business Journal-sponsored awards program, Dur-A-Flex is a privately-held, leading manufacturer of quality epoxy, urethane, methyl methacrylate and colored aggregates offering a complete line of high performance polymer flooring and wall systems. The versatile seamless applications provide improved safety, minimal downtime and easy maintenance to all industries.