SOURCE: Tarpon Industries, Inc.

August 31, 2005 09:45 ET

Tarpon Industries Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Midwest Tube Mills, Inc.

Accretive Acquisition With Unaudited 2004 Revenues of Approximately $25 Million

MARYSVILLE, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 31, 2005 -- 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 signed a definitive agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Midwest Tube Mills, Inc. for approximately $27.5 million. The transaction would be a combination of cash and a $2.5 million subordinate promissory note. Tarpon would assume certain trade payables from the company. Midwest's unaudited 2004 revenues are represented to be approximately $25 million, and its unaudited 2004 earnings are represented to be positive.

Midwest Tube is an Indiana manufacturer of mechanical steel tubing products for the industrial and commercial sectors. The company's end product uses include chain link fencing, agricultural fencing, pet kennels, security partitions, sports facilities and parks, house wares, and furniture. The definitive agreement to acquire Midwest is subject to a number of closing conditions, including delivery of audited financial statements, which may vary from the company's unaudited statements and representations. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the acquisition will be consummated. Tarpon is in the process of securing financing for the acquisition, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2005.

"The acquisition of Midwest would be a significant milestone in Tarpon's growth strategy," said Tarpon Chairman and CEO J. Peter Farquhar. "Their product line will be complementary to our Steelbank Tubular mechanical tubing platform and will provide us with further customer diversification on both a geographic and end-user market basis. As a result of the acquisition, we would expect to see improved purchasing efficiencies, reduced freight expense and increased revenues due to additional sales into our complementary market segments."

"Driving top line growth through acquisitions, in addition to our core business development, provides for an accelerated and expanded customer reach, increased depth and breadth of product line, and the ability to deliver high quality products in a low cost, just-in-time manufacturing environment," continued Farquhar. "Midwest's strong reputation for superior customer service and solid quality makes it a perfect fit with our growth strategy. We see this as a key next step in our development and growth; and expect to identify and complete additional accretive and synergistic acquisitions as we move forward and execute our growth strategy."

About Midwest Tube Mills, Inc.

Headquartered in Madison, Indiana, Midwest Tube Mills, Inc. manufactures and distributes mechanical steel tubing for global consumption for industrial, commercial and residential sectors. The company's end user applications include chain link fencing, agricultural fencing, pet kennels, security partitions, sports facilities and parks, house wares, and furniture. Founded in 1993, Midwest occupies a 192,000 square foot manufacturing facility, operates six tube mills and sells to customers throughout the United States. The company was recently named a Top 100 Indiana High Potential Company by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. For more information, visit

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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