SOURCE: Thresher Industries, Inc.

January 17, 2007 09:20 ET

Thresher Industries Subsidiary, Talon Composites, Receives Patent on Talbor® Material for Exclusive Use in Highly Specialized Transport of Nuclear Fuel

Talon Will Incorporate the New Advanced Material in Future Shipments

HANFORD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 17, 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 a 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.

Thresher's President, Tom Flessner, remarked, "Our subsidiary, Talon Composites, provides a much needed component for nuclear fuel casks. In building and assembling this new type of material, we have now patented the best available technology and materials throughout the world. Our internal technology team is confident in its ability to deliver the best quality, most innovative materials on the market today."

Thresher's Vice President of business development, Robin A. Carden, added, "Today we see a new renaissance in the world toward nuclear energy and the Thresher-Talon team is proud to partner with many of the industry leaders to keep nuclear energy safe and clean."

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 MMCs 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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    Tom Flessner
    Thresher Industries, Inc