Empire Industries Ltd.
TSX VENTURE : EIL

Empire Industries Ltd.

August 22, 2007 08:00 ET

Empire Industries Ltd. and Sorge's Welding Announce the Hiring of Jeff Pardee as Vice President

FT. MCMURRAY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2007) - Empire Industries Ltd., (TSX VENTURE:EIL) ("Empire"), one of Western Canada's largest and fastest growing steel fabrication and construction service providers and Sorge's Welding Ltd. today jointly announced the hiring of Jeff Pardee. Mr. Pardee will hold two executive positions within the Empire group; Vice President and General Manager of Sorge's Welding Ltd. and Vice President of Business Development of Empire Industries Ltd.

Mr. Pardee was the General Manager for the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association ("NAABA") for more than five years. Mr. Pardee moved to Fort McMurray in 1996 to establish a Fort McMurray branch for Pardee Equipment Limited which was sold in 1999. Prior to joining NAABA, he was the CFO of Demers Contracting Services Ltd. (a NAABA member). Mr. Pardee graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (major in Finance) from University of British Columbia in 1987.

Jeff is very active in the Fort McMurray community, serving on the Chamber of Commerce as a Director since 1997. He currently holds the position of Treasurer and also represents the Chamber on the youth trades initiative called Community Careers Cooperative. Jeff also sits on the advisory committees of both the Keyano College Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program and the Alberta Aboriginal Apprenticeship program. Jeff has also worked closely with the partnership called the Regional Economic Development Link (RED Link). This organisation brings together the memberships of NAABA, the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce and the Fort McMurray Construction Association to act as a voice for business in the Region.

"Richard and Janet Sorge and I are delighted to have Jeff join our group," stated Guy Nelson, CEO of Empire Industries Ltd. "Jeff has a unique knowledge of the players and the projects in the Wood Buffalo Region of Alberta and we are convinced that Jeff is the perfect person to communicate Empire's new, much broader strategy and capability to this booming marketplace."

"Sorge's Welding has been providing high quality field and shop welding services since 1989 but we knew we had to change and grow in order to do what our clients in Ft. McMurray needed to have done. We will continue to focus our marketing and operations on those companies that are committed to maximizing the benefits that can flow through to an Aboriginal controlled company, like Sorge's Welding," added Janet Sorge, Chairperson of Sorge's Welding.

"I think the Empire group holds great potential," said Mr. Pardee. "Empire is executing a unique and very exciting, Aboriginal led strategy for the Wood Buffalo Region. Empire's strategy in the Wood Buffalo region is an untold story that will resonate with the oil sands players, especially those ones that have been searching for innovative, cost effective, schedule sensitive, turn-key solutions. I am really looking forward to contributing to Sorge's Welding and Empire's ongoing success in this dynamic part of Alberta."

Jeff will join the Empire group in mid-September and will provide transitional services to NAABA to ensure a smooth hand off to the new leadership team.

About Empire Industries Ltd.

Empire Industries Ltd. is a public company that was formed in July 2006. Empire Industries Ltd. is one of Western Canada's largest and fastest growing steel fabrication and construction service providers. It operates its business through six wholly owned subsidiaries. In addition, Empire holds a 49% ownership interest in Sorge's Welding Ltd., an Aboriginal controlled maintenance and construction services installation contractor in the Ft. McMurray region of Alberta.

Empire's mandate is to increase shareholder value by adding value to steel. Empire realizes its mission by growing profits organically, targeting acquisitions and expanding its market share in the burgeoning industrial, commercial and institutional construction marketplace of Western Canada. The Corporation trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol EIL.

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