SOURCE: Tarpon Industries, Inc.

March 29, 2006 08:30 ET

Tarpon Industries Inks $3.0 Million Rack Storage System Contract

Company to Provide Material for Warehouse 4-Level Picking Module

MARYSVILLE, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2006 -- Tarpon Industries, Inc. (AMEX: TPO), a manufacturer and distributor of structural and mechanical steel tubing and engineered steel storage rack systems, today announced that it has entered into a multi-million dollar contract with a significant Internet retailer to provide turn-key engineered rack storage systems. The contract, valued at approximately $3 Million, provides for the design, manufacture and installation of a 4-level picking module in the new customer's 850,000 square foot distribution warehouse. The completed system will have more than 44,000 twelve foot storage levels.

"This innovative new project will showcase our customized racking and storage system capabilities and their seamless integration into a technologically sophisticated warehouse management system. It represents a key step forward in our growth in the Rack Industry," said Pat Hook, President and Chief Operating Officer. "Our selection for this opportunity was based largely on our reputation and ability to provide a quality racking solution in a timely basis."

This turn-key project is expected to be manufactured and installed during the 2nd Quarter of 2006. The identification of Tarpon's new account has been withheld in this release at the customer's request.

About Tarpon Industries, Inc.

Tarpon Industries, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiaries within the United States and Canada, manufactures and sells structural and mechanical steel tubing and engineered steel storage rack systems. Through an aggressive acquisition-driven business model, the company's mission is to become a larger and more significant manufacturer and distributor of structural and mechanical steel tubing, engineered steel storage rack systems and related products. For more information, please visit Tarpon's website at

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