August 24, 2009 09:21 ET

Intertape Polymer Group Adds Industry Expert to Further Build Engineered Coated Products' Autowrapping Systems

MONTREAL, QUEBEC and BRADENTON, FLORIDA--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2009) - Intertape Polymer Group Inc. ("Intertape" or the "Company") (TSX:ITP)(NYSE:ITP) has announced that Allain Boutot of Montreal, Quebec, will join Engineered Coated Products, a division of Intertape Polymer Group, as Director of Nova AutoWrapping Systems™ as of August 24, 2009.

Allain will work with with Louis Pacaud (ECP Regional Manager) and Sandrine Chazaud (ECP Sales Coordinator) to spearhead efforts to make ECP's Nova AutoWrapping System™ the leading automatic wrapping system in the US and Canadian markets.

Allain brings a wide variety of industry expertise to Intertape. For nearly three years, he has been Vice-President of Sawmill Operations for Domtar Inc, responsible for their eight operations. Prior to that position, Allain had been working for over fifteen years in operations and market development in the Forest Industry. In the past year, Allain has directed the installation of four Nova AutoWrapping Systems™ at Domtar and has experienced first hand the benefits of the system.

"As we work to make the Nova AutoWrapping System™ the main system that comes to mind when potential clients are thinking about a wrapping system, I believe that his extensive relationships throughout the industry will serve us well in achieving that goal," stated Bill Barnes, Executive Vice-President for ECP Sales and Marketing. "Allain's ability to utilize his wide experience in the Nova Wrapper platform to reduce costs, enhance safety and customer satisfaction will not only help us kick off this critical program for our company, but it will add a dimension of conviction and credibility to it."

About Intertape Polymer Group

Intertape Polymer Group is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of specialized polyolefin plastic and paper based packaging products and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use. Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec and Sarasota/Bradenton, Florida, the Company employs approximately 2,100 employees with operations in 17 locations, including 13 manufacturing facilities in North America and one in Europe.

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