Russel Metals Inc.
TSX : RUS

Russel Metals Inc.

September 28, 2007 14:27 ET

Russel Metals Inc. Completes Acquisition of JMS Metal Services, Inc.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2007) - Russel Metals Inc. (TSX:RUS) announced it has completed the acquisition of JMS Metals Services, Inc. and related companies ("JMS"), an American metals service center.

Originally announced on September 4, the acquisition of JMS provides Russel Metals with a new geographic presence in the USA and a base to grow the US operations, both organically and through further acquisitions. The total transaction value is approximately CDN$120 million.

JMS was founded in July 1990 and is a full-line distributor of steel and aluminium products with eight strategically located processing and distribution facilities in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Russel Metals is one of the largest metals distribution companies in North America. It carries on business in three distribution segments: metals service centers, energy tubular products and steel distributors, under various names including Russel Metals, A.J. Forsyth, Acier Leroux, Acier Loubier, Acier Richler, Arrow Steel Processors, B&T Steel, Baldwin International, Comco Pipe and Supply, Fedmet Tubulars, Leroux Steel, McCabe Steel, Megantic Metal, Metaux Russel, Milspec Industries, Pioneer Pipe, Russel Metals Williams Bahcall, Spartan Steel Products, Sunbelt Group, Triumph Tubular & Supply, Wirth Steel and York-Ennis.

Statements contained in this press release that relate to Russel Metals' beliefs or expectations as to certain future events are not statements of historical fact and are forward-looking statements. Russel Metals cautions readers that there are important factors, risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive and governmental factors affecting Russel Metals' operations, markets, products, services and prices that could cause its actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those forecasted or anticipated in such forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this document reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management. The material assumptions applied in making the forward-looking statements in this document include the following: there will be steady demand in the manufacturing, resource and construction segments of the Canadian economy, oil and gas prices will not change materially, there will be continued consolidation of steel producers, the recent stability in the price of steel will continue, Russel Metals will be able to realize the expected benefits for the transactions, and the Canadian dollar will maintain recent gains while not appreciating significantly. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this document are based upon what management believes to be reasonable estimates and assumptions, Russel Metals cannot ensure that actual results will not be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

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