September 08, 2008 11:06 ET

Michael Ainsworth Appointed CEO of ARA Safety Inc.

Ainsworth to Drive Continued Growth and Expansion of the Burgeoning Vancouver-Based Company

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - September 8, 2008) - An emerging global leader in life safety, ARA Safety Inc., announced today that it has appointed Michael Ainsworth as its chief executive officer. Ainsworth will replace James Fierro, who will continue to serve as executive chairman.

Fierro said the appointment of Ainsworth signals a new phase for the Vancouver-based company. "Michael is an ideal choice to guide ARA Safety into its next stage of development," said Fierro. "He has shown that he possesses the strategic and operational leadership to build ARA Safety into a major North American operation with global reach."

Ainsworth, formerly executive vice president of Ainsworth Lumber, said that ARA Safety presented an exciting opportunity to deliver growth and results for a company that is working to save lives and reduce human and financial losses.

During his time at Ainsworth Lumber, Ainsworth played a key role in the development of his family's organization from a private company with $120 million in annual revenues, to a public company producing revenues of more than one billion dollars per year.

"The story of ARA Safety is highly compelling," said Ainsworth. "I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that will come with building ARA Safety into a global leader in the life safety industry."

As executive chairman, Fierro will continue to contribute in the areas of business strategy, financing, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic partnership development.

About ARA Safety

ARA Safety is a world leader in innovative fire and life safety technology. ARA Safety's revolutionary Fire Interruption Technology (FIT) fire knock down tool is saving lives and reducing property loss in cities and towns across North America.

ARA Safety's fire and life safety technologies also include the Zero Combustion line of fire proof sprays, paints and coatings, and its world leading line of Photoluminescent products. ARA Safety's technologies have been used by NASA, the Pentagon, the United States Military and are featured prominently on the Vancouver Shangri-La. ARA Safety Inc. is based in Vancouver, Canada. ARA Safety is a reporting issuer and is not listed for trading on any exchange. To learn more about ARA Safety visit,