June 23, 2011 08:00 ET

HWI Global Awarded Clean Room Upgrades Contract for Duke University Hospital Pharmacy South Campus

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - Jun 23, 2011) - HWI Global, Inc., the Pittsburgh-based clean room design builder, (OTCBB: HWIC) announces a contract to upgrade the ISO classifications of the Department of Pharmacy, Duke University Hospital sterile compounding clean room located in the Davison Building within Duke's South Campus. Duke's Department of Pharmacy intends to upgrade the classifications of several of its critical zones to levels of cleanliness ten times cleaner than required.

HWI Global is expanding upon a seven-year relationship with Duke providing clean room construction and preventive maintenance. The Company will install the same type of Clean Room Upgrades in the South Pharmacy as contracted for in Duke's North Pharmacy late 2010. HWI's scope includes air-change renovations to hazardous, non-hazardous, and narcotic room compounding. The Company's plan is designed to exceed the regulations of Federal mandate USP 797 requiring hospital pharmacies to conduct compounded sterile preparations in ISO classified clean rooms.

HWI Global's origins began at this same Duke University Hospital facility seven years ago. As the initial drafts of the Federal USP 797 mandate were first published in the late spring 2004, HWI Global was privately owned Haddad-Wylie Industries, LLC. At that time, as a subcontractor from New York-based Clean Room Depot, the Company designed, manufactured and constructed the 1,200 square foot aseptic modular wall system in place today at the Duke South Pharmacy.

Under a direct contract with Duke in 2006, HWI created a Gown Room extension of the same modular facility. HWI subcontracted with Clean Room Depot in the summer of 2007 for the new 2,300 square foot pharmacy at Duke's North campus, furnishing and installing its proprietary Bio-Gard Germicidal Wall Lamination and heavy-duty rod-hung Utility Grid Ceiling System with integrated flush lighting. This product line with a new LED lighting mechanism is currently being developed further in a joint venture with Enigma Concepts.

Between 2008 and 2010, HWI held the preventive maintenance contracts for both the North and South Pharmacy clean rooms. In the latter part of 2010, the Company was awarded the North Pharmacy contract noted above.

Deric Haddad, CEO, HWI Global, "This particular clean room is very special to us because it is truly the foundation upon which HWI was built. Back when USP 797 first came to be, there weren't many prototype facilities in place to compare it with. We had a unique concept and definitely executed it well. Since then we've come up with many new methods and products. Specifically, we've developed numerous ways to do things cleaner and more efficiently. Our entire Preventive Maintenance Division was born out of the Duke project. Now we have annual contracts with the Cleveland Clinic, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Philips Healthcare, The Timken Company, and several other medical device and industrial-based clean room customers. Looking back, we are so very proud to have performed services in 17 states and three countries, remembering that it all started at Duke."

About HWI Global

HWI Global is a leader in clean-room design engineering and construction, servicing clients in the Life Science, Health Science, Nanotechnology, Microelectronics and Aerospace industries. HWI Global and its network of subject matter experts (SME) -- from leading architects, engineers, facilities planners, and specialized installers -- effectively design and construct the most state-of-the-art clean environments in a "turnkey" fashion.

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