|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2009
ARMSTRONG, Iowa, October 12, 2009 – Art’s Way Manufacturing, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARTW), a leading manufacturer and distributor of agricultural machinery, equipment, and services, is pleased to announce the Company has signed a letter of intent to acquire the manure spreader product line of Roda Manufacturing, Inc., Hull, Iowa. www.rodamfg.com.
The product line includes The H Series – a non-commercial, high quality, low maintenance pull-type manure spreader that comes in 400, 600 and 800 bushels. The V Series – a commercial spreader with removable vertical beaters, adjustable apron speed and a reversible apron. The HV Series – combines the best of both the H and V Series. Rugged, reliable and available in 20’, 22’ and 24’ box length with either horizontal or vertical beater options. It also features a durable one-piece frame design and a triple apron.
The acquisition is anticipated to close not later than January 5, 2010.
J. Ward McConnell, Jr., Chairman of the Board, said, “This product line acquisition candidate absolutely fits Art’s Ways business model, which has the objective of completing strategic and vertical acquisitions that allows us to expand our product line, improve our niche manufacturing leadership position, build our asset base for revenue growth and increase shareholder value. I know our dealers will be very excited to be able to offer this outstanding line of manure spreaders to their customers.”
About Art’s Way Manufacturing, Inc.
Art’s Way manufactures and distributes farm machinery niche products including animal feed processing equipment, sugar beet defoliators and harvesters, land maintenance equipment, crop shredding equipment, plows, hay and forage equipment and top and bottom drive augers. After market service parts are also an important part of the Company’s business. We have two wholly owned subsidiaries. Art’s Way Vessels Inc. manufactures pressurized tanks and vessels; Art’s Way Scientific Inc. manufactures modular animal confinement buildings and modular laboratories.
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This news release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. In this release, forward-looking statements generally relate to: (i) the Company’s ability to meet its production schedule; (ii) the Company’s intent to focus on driving revenue, controlling costs and strengthening its balance sheet; (iii) the expected impact of worldwide economic conditions; and (iv) intent to monitor market opportunities; and (vi) the Company’s growth potential in its industry. Statements of anticipated future results are based on current expectations and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to, quarterly fluctuations in results, customer demand for the Company’s products and acceptance of its product lines, current domestic and international economic conditions, the Company’s ability to manage growth, incorrect assumptions by management with respect to production cycles and market conditions, unexpected production delays and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Actual results may differ markedly from management’s expectations. The Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.