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ART’S WAY MANUFACTURING SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT TO PURCHASE IMPERIAL STEEL TANK COMPANY

PRESS RELEASE JUNE 22, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

New Company Will Strengthen Art’s Way’s Growing Vessels Subsidiary

ARMSTRONG, IOWA, June 22, 2011 – Art’s Way Manufacturing Co., Inc., (NASDAQ:ARTW) a leading manufacturer and distributor of farm machinery in the United States and internationally, announces it has signed a formal Letter of Intent (LOI) to acquire Imperial Steel Tank Company. Based in Frankfort, Illinois, near Chicago, Imperial Steel Tank Company is a leader in the fabrication of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) pressure vessels. They make a variety of pressure vessels, storage tanks, heat exchangers, hazardous chemical tanks, half pipe jackets, manways including both bolted-style and quick-open, and provide custom designed vessels. Imperial’s ASME pressure vessel designs have successfully solved complex process containment problems in the chemical and petrochemical industries, the food processing industry, pharmaceutical industry, and water and waste treatment sector.

 

J. Ward McConnell Jr., Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors said, “With Art’s Way Vessels becoming more production efficient, improving cost controls, growing revenue and margins these past quarters under the co-leadership of Larry Cornell, Production Manager and Pat O’Neil, Sales Manager, we are very excited about this excellent opportunity to acquire a highly respected and successful vessels business to complement Art’s Way Vessels.

 

“Imperial Steel Tank Company is an established manufacturer with an outstanding customer service reputation who has been in business since 1952 and has built a solid revenue base of approximately $2.5 million per year. We will move all production to Art’s Way Vessels in Dubuque, Iowa, but will continue an office in Illinois for engineering, estimating and other services. We are in the process of doing final due diligence and expect to close in early July 2011. We anticipate this new business will be fully accretive and will help us grow our vessels business on a greater scale and further develop the Art’s Way brand both nationally and internationally.”

 

About Art’s Way Manufacturing, Inc.

 

Art’s Way manufactures and distributes farm machinery niche products including animal feed processing equipment, sugar beet defoliators and harvesters, land maintenance equipment, crop shredding equipment, round hay balers, plows, hay and forage equipment, manure spreaders and top and bottom drive augers. After-market service parts are also an important part of the Company’s business. The Company has two wholly owned subsidiaries. Art’s Way Vessels, Inc. manufactures pressurized tanks and vessels; Art’s Way Scientific, Inc. manufactures modular animal confinement buildings and modular laboratories.

 

For More Information, Contact: Jim Drewitz, Investor Relations

 

830-669-2466 jim@jdcreativeoptions.com

 

Or visit the Company’s website at www.artsway-mfg.com

 

Safe Harbor Statement

 

Some of the statements contained in this news release that are not purely historical statements discuss future expectations or state other forward-looking information related to financial results and business outlook for 2011. Those statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements. The “forward-looking” information is based on management’s current intent, belief, expectations, estimates and projections regarding our company and our industry. You should be aware that those statements only reflect our predictions. Actual events or results may differ substantially. Important factors that could cause our actual results to be materially different from the forward-looking statements are disclosed under the heading “Forward Looking Statements” in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended November 30, 2010 and our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended February 28, 2011. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The forward-looking statements in this release are made only as of the date hereof and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.

 

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