Oldcastle Glass® Acquires Texas Wall Systems, Inc.

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Leading Glass Company Launches Engineered Products Division

Santa Monica, CA - January 9, 2006 -- Oldcastle Glass® has acquired Dallas-based Texas Wall Systems, Inc., a leading provider of high-performance curtain wall systems and engineering services for commercial, institutional and multi-story condominium construction markets.

Texas Wall Systems will become part of Oldcastle Glass®’ new Engineered Products division which was created by incorporating several Oldcastle Glass® companies into one unit. Included in the new division are recently acquired Fulton Windows (Toronto, Ontario), Southwest Aluminum Systems (Chandler, AZ), and Oldcastle Glass® Retail Storefronts (Austin, TX). Oldcastle Glass® Engineered Products has six operating locations which manufacture a complete line of high-performance fenestration products including architectural-rated operable windows, custom engineered curtain walls, commercial and retail storefronts, and glass doors and related hardware.

"Texas Wall Systems is a very attractive acquisition and is an ideal fit within our new Engineered Products division" said Ted Hathaway, CEO, Oldcastle Glass®. "It is a superb company that is well-positioned for growth. This acquisition significantly broadens our product offering and provides a strong manufacturing base for custom, high-performance curtain wall systems in the United States."

"Oldcastle Glass® provides Texas Wall Systems with a depth of capabilities and financial resources to draw upon. This partnership will strengthen our company as we enhance our product offerings, further improve service levels, and bring greater value to our customers," said Larry Long, who will continue to lead Texas Wall Systems as president. Mr. Long has been with the company since shortly after its founding in 1981 and has been instrumental in its development and growth over the past 25 years.

About Oldcastle Glass® - Oldcastle Glass® provides the architectural and glazing communities with a comprehensive range of architectural glass products and services. High-profile architectural installations in North America that feature Oldcastle Glass® include the Getty Center, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, The Hawaii Convention Center, and Santiago Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge in Redding, California. Oldcastle Glass® is a subsidiary of CRH plc, a leading international building materials and products company based in Dublin, Ireland.

For More Information contact
Susan Trimble: Director of Corporate Communications
strimble@oldcastleglass.com Tel: (310) 264-4700