SOURCE: China Direct Trading Corp.

June 13, 2006 07:20 ET

Joseph Barlotta Joins China Direct as VP of Field Operations for Generator Operations

Industry Veteran to Head Standby Power Electrical and Gas Installations

COOPER CITY, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 13, 2006 -- China Direct Trading Corp. (OTCBB: CHDT) today announced that its Complete Power Solutions (CPS) subsidiary has hired Joseph Barlotta III as Vice President of Field Operations with responsibility for heading standby power electrical and gas installations.

Mr. Barlotta has over 22 years of experience in large scale utility installations, managing crews of up to 80 utility and gas pipeline installation and maintenance personnel. Mr. Barlotta has managed projects such as overseeing all underground power, communications, and signalization for the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Project, installation of underground systems for the Newark City Subway, Lowe's and Home Depot site power installations, work for the Orange and Rockland Gas company and most recently the Meadowlands Xanadu Project, one of the largest current construction projects in the state of New Jersey.

His duties will include managing all facets of both the electrical and gas installation process for CPS. Since Mr. Barlotta's arrival, CPS has invested in the heavy equipment necessary to perform all utility installation tasks, thus alleviating past dependence on subcontractors to meet CPS' expanding demand for generators. Through this investment in talent and equipment, CPS aims to further improve delivery time, customer service, and profitability through offering a quality, one-stop turnkey standby power solution to residential and commercial customers.

"I am excited to get involved with a company that in such a short period has become a leader in supplying standby power solutions to businesses and homes in South Florida, and I believe my background and experience will have a positive impact on the company's growth and ability to continue to deliver the highest levels of customer service to an expanding customer base," said Mr. Barlotta.

"Joe brings the experience and talent to maximize the effectiveness of the investment we have made in our personnel, systems and equipment and will further enhance our ability to continue to grow," said William Dato, CPS CEO. "We are pleased and excited to have a professional of his caliber join our team."

China Direct ( is a holding company engaged through its operating subsidiaries in the following business lines: Overseas Building Supply (OBS) is engaged in manufacturing, distribution and logistics of building materials including but not limited to generators, roof tiles, interior doors, and insulation materials. CPS ( is a majority-owned subsidiary engaged in turnkey solutions for standby commercial and residential power generation. Souvenir Direct Inc. (SDI) ( is engaged in product development, manufacturing, distribution, logistics and product placement into mass retail of souvenir and gift items in 29 countries. The Web Sites referenced in this press release and contents thereof are not incorporated into or made a part of this press release.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS: This press release, including any financial information and projections, contains "forward-looking statements" as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on China Direct's and its subsidiaries' managements' current expectations and assumptions, and involve risks and uncertainties. Such expectations and assumptions may prove to be faulty or incorrect and actual results may differ significantly, materially from those anticipated results set forth in such statements. Sales results for any period are not necessarily indicative of future sales or future sales growth. No forward-looking statement is or can be guaranteed. Statements about future growth and continued sales and current revenues and revenue growth are not a reliable indicator of future financial results and should not be relied upon by investors as such an indicator. The sale of power generators can be affected by a number of factors that are beyond the control of China Direct or CPS, including seasonal sales cycles, changes in consumer demand, predatory pricing by competitors and weather conditions. China Direct and CPS undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements in this press release and risks associated with any investment in China Direct, which is a "penny stock" company (and as such is deemed a "highly risky investment") should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect our business, particularly those stated in the cautionary statements and risk factors in current and future China Direct SEC Filings, which statements we hereby incorporate by reference herein.

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