Newell Rubbermaid Opening State-of-the-Art Design Center

           Newell Rubbermaid Opening State-of-the-Art Design Center

New design center to establish point of difference in design and innovation as
part of Growth Game Plan

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, March 28, 2013

ATLANTA, March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Newell Rubbermaid (NYSE: NWL) today
announced it will create a state-of-the-art Design Center to accelerate growth
through enhanced capabilities in design and innovation. The new center of
excellence is expected to open by early 2014 in Kalamazoo, Mich., which is
part of a region known for its talent pool of designers from around the world.
This will enable Newell Rubbermaid to add depth in new design specialties,
join a strong local presence of design-led companies including Herman Miller,
Steelcase, Whirlpool, Stryker and Wolverine, as well as participate in a
growing educational community that includes Western Michigan University.

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"Great design and creativity is the difference between a standard product and
one that is beautiful in every way—and drives consumer preference," said Chuck
Jones, Newell Rubbermaid's Chief Design and Research & Development Officer.
"Our new Design Center will be a best-in-class facility that enables us to
attract the best international design talent to work on a wonderful portfolio
of leading brands. Our brand studios and immersion labs will foster growth
ideas as designers collaborate with marketing and R&D on great innovation.
This is an exciting new phase for the company and we are appreciative that
Governor Rick Snyder, the State of Michigan, Southwest Michigan First, the
City of Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University have chosen to partner with

The new 40,000-square-foot facility will employ up to 100 design
professionals, and has been carefully planned to foster creativity and
maximize the sharing of ideas and technologies among the company's brands. A
large, open studio space will provide the ideal environment for designers to
collaborate using advanced software tools. Immersion labs for the company's
priority business segments will enable design and marketing teams to evaluate
product prototypes and imagine the possibilities of future product roadmaps.
The company is investing in new talent with specialist design skills to work
alongside the existing industrial and graphic design teams.

"Newell Rubbermaid made a significant commitment to design with the hiring of
Chuck Jones last September," added Mark Tarchetti, Newell Rubbermaid's Chief
Development Officer. "Having a purpose-built center of excellence will place
us in an exclusive club of design-driven companies that recognize great design
is a competitive advantage."

About Newell Rubbermaid

Newell Rubbermaid Inc., an S&P 500 company, is a global marketer of consumer
and commercial products with 2012 sales of approximately $5.9 billion and a
strong portfolio of leading brands, including Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®,
Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Dymo®, Waterman®, Parker®,
Goody®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products® and Aprica®.

This press release and additional information about Newell Rubbermaid are
available on the company's Web site,


SOURCE Newell Rubbermaid

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