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Patrick Industries Acquires Supplier of Industrial Hardwoods Products
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Elkhart, Indiana, USA, 31 January 2007 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:PATK) has acquired the net assets and business of Phoenix-based American Hardwoods, Inc., a supplier of hardwood products to the industrial markets, for cash financed with borrowings under Patrick's credit facility.

American Hardwoods supplies industrial wood products, including hardwood plywood, hardwood lumber, thermofused melamine, and particleboard, to the kitchen cabinet, office furniture, commercial fixture, home furniture, and garage cabinet industries. American Hardwoods also supplies roll lamination products, which directly complement Patrick's current lamination product lines.

"We expect the acquisition of American Hardwoods to be immediately accretive to our earnings," said Paul E. Hassler, president and CEO of Patrick Industries. "American Hardwoods fits within the focus of our strategic plan by adding products which complement our existing product lines while further diversifying our customer base into the industrial markets," he said.

"American Hardwoods reported approximately USD 18 million in revenue last year with positive earnings trends. Our focus at American Hardwoods is to continue to develop strong customer relationships with current and future customers and on driving market penetration in a growing economic region. We plan on retaining the current staff and facilities at American Hardwoods."

About Patrick Industries

Patrick Industries, Inc. (www.patrickind.com) is a major manufacturer of component products and a distributor of building products serving the manufactured housing, recreational vehicle, kitchen cabinet, home and office furniture, fixture and commercial furnishings, marine, and other industrial markets and operates coast-to-coast through locations in 12 states. Patrick's major manufactured products include cabinet and wall components, countertops, adhesives, and aluminum extrusions. The company also distributes drywall and drywall finishing products, interior passage doors, flooring, vinyl and cement siding, ceramic tile, high pressure laminates, and other products.

Source: Patrick Industries, Inc.



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