SOURCE: Tarpon Industries, Inc.

July 26, 2005 08:30 ET

Tarpon Industries Signs Letter of Intent to Acquire Manufacturer of Steel Tubing Products

MARYSVILLE, MI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 26, 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 letter of intent to acquire a manufacturer of mechanical steel tubing products. The acquisition candidate sells mechanical steel tubing products to industrial, commercial, and government customers. The end product uses include fencing, dog-kennels, sport facilities, and security partitions.

Tarpon has been conducting its due diligence of the target company's assets and operations while negotiating the terms and conditions of a definitive purchase agreement. There is no assurance that the ongoing negotiations will result in the execution of a definitive agreement or that the proposed acquisition will be completed. If the transaction is consummated, it is anticipated that it will close in the third or the fourth quarter of this year.

Tarpon expects that the acquisition, if consummated, would result in a material increase in its consolidated revenues and EBITDA.

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 Tarpon'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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