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May 11, 2011

John K. Morgan of Zep Inc. Named Regional Finalist for Entrepreneur Of The Year Award

Ernst & Young Hosts Annual Awards Competition to Honor Entrepreneurs

ATLANTA – Zep Inc., a leading producer and marketer of a wide range of cleaning and maintenance solutions, announces that John K. Morgan, chairman, president and CEO of the Atlanta-based company, has been named a regional finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award. The awards competition, held since 1986, recognizes leaders of successful, growing and dynamic businesses.

“I am honored to represent Zep Inc. and be among the select group of regional finalists chosen by Ernst & Young for this year’s award,” stated Morgan. “This recognition belongs to all Zep associates who contribute every day toward our continuing profitable growth and overall success of the company. I am very proud to be part of this team and to represent them as a finalist for the Alabama/Georgia/Tennessee program.”

In addition to serving as chairman, president and CEO of Zep Inc., Morgan is a director of WESCO International Inc. (NYSE:WCC), serving on its Audit and Compensation Committees, and is a director of The Georgia Aquarium Inc., serving on its Audit Committee. Morgan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in Engineering Technology, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University, specializing in Finance and Marketing. He is also involved in his local community through engagements in a variety of non-profit organizations including the Rockdale Coalition for Children & Families.

Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential, and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in more than 50 countries.

The 2011 Entrepreneur Of The Year regional winners will be announced in June, and the national winner will be announced in November.

About Zep Inc.

Zep Inc., with fiscal 2010 net sales of almost $570 million, is a leading producer, marketer, and service provider of a wide range of cleaning and maintenance solutions for commercial, industrial, institutional, and consumer end-markets. Zep Inc.''s product portfolio includes anti-bacterial and industrial hand care products, cleaners, degreasers, deodorizers, disinfectants, floor finishes, sanitizers, and pest and weed control products, as well as high performance products and professional grade chemical products for the automotive, fleet maintenance, industrial/MRO supply, institutional supply and motorcycle markets. We market these products and services under well recognized and established brand names, such as Zep(R), Zep Commercial(R), Zep Professional(TM), Enforcer(R), National Chemical(R), Selig(TM), Misty(R), Next Dimension(TM), Petro(R), i-Chem(R), TimeMist(R), TimeWick, MicrobeMax(TM), Country Vet(R), Konk(TM), Niagara National(TM) and a number of private labeled brands. . Some of Zep’s brands have been in existence for more than 100 years. Zep Inc.''s headquarters are in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the company''s website at