SOURCE: Thresher Industries, Inc.

March 21, 2007 09:21 ET

Thresher Industries Subsidary, Talon Composites, Receives Patent On Talbor® Metal Matrix Composite for Nuclear Shielding

Talon Receives Another Patent for Metal Matrix Fabrication

HANFORD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 21, 2007 -- Talon Composites, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thresher industries (PINKSHEETS: THRI), and manufacturer of proprietary metal matrix composites, announced today that it has received another U.S. patent for the fabrication of their metal matrix material called Talbor®. This proprietary material and technology is used to make shielding plates that achieve high neutron absorption utilizing a very fine grain structure and greater homogeneous disbursement of Boron, which enables nuclear fuel companies to implement safer and more effective fuel transport strategies. This is the second patent to be granted in the last 4 months.

Thresher's President Tom Flessner remarked, "Our subsidiary, Talon Composites, is continuing to build upon its strong intellectual property. The Talon team is proud to have reached this scientific milestone, having raised the bar by providing a fine grain neutron shielding material with great homogeneity. This new generation of Talbor® material has been in development for some time, and by bringing this product to market, we have ensured that our partners will be able make fuel rod transport more secure."

Thresher's Vice President of business development, Robin A. Carden added, "Talbor® is making the world safer for us and future generations. We are confident that the nuclear industry will continue to adopt Talon's materials not only for use in transport of spent nuclear fuel rods throughout the world, but also as a solution for permanent and temporary storage."

The Talon Composites group at Thresher produces and markets a range of high performance advanced metal matrix material ("MMC") products utilizing Talon's own proprietary technology under the name of Talbor®, as well as Boralyn®, a neutron absorbing material that contains Cogema Logistics technology. The MMC's consist of aluminum and boron carbide and are supplied primarily to the nuclear waste and nuclear transportation industries for neutron absorption applications. The materials are stiffer than titanium, lighter than aluminum and wear like steel. Talon's process results in the boron carbide being dispersed evenly throughout the composite, making it particularly suitable to the nuclear industry. The fine grain structure of Talbor® substantially boosts performance in wet and dry nuclear storage and transportation applications. Additionally, Talon Composites materials can be used in a wide variety of homeland security and automotive applications, as well as in high-performance sporting goods.

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    Thresher Industries, Inc.