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AquaPenn(R) Opens New Florida Bottling Plant

MILESBURG, Pa., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- AquaPenn Spring Water Company, Inc. (NYSE: APN) announced today that its subsidiary AquaPenn Spring Water Company South, Inc. has completed the first phase of construction of a new bottling plant and received the necessary permits to produce bottled spring water products. The Company's new facility is situated adjacent to Ginnie Springs in High Springs, Gilchrist County, Florida, 30 miles northwest of downtown Gainesville.

The 52,400 square-foot facility includes computer-operated stainless steel bottling equipment, stainless steel product piping, an in-house microbiological laboratory for quality assurance, warehousing space, and multiple truck docks. Spring water is piped from nearby Ginnie Springs via a stainless steel pipeline. The plant was designed to facilitate future expansion.

The Florida plant was designed by AquaPenn staff members. Work was coordinated by Mr. Pete Lee, the Company's Project Manager. The general contractor was Joyner Construction Company, and civil engineering and site plans were submitted by Eng, Denman & Associates, Inc., both of Gainesville. The Plant Manager is Ms. Trina Coggins, who had been the Assistant Plant Manager at Milesburg. AquaPenn has its corporate headquarters and a bottled spring water plant in Milesburg, PA which the Company recently doubled in size to 345,000 square feet. The Company operates a third bottled spring water plant in Dunsmuir, CA.

AquaPenn Spring Water Company, Inc. (NYSE: APN) is a top-ten bottler of spring water and annually produces over 150 million containers of Pure American(R), Great American(R), AquaPenn(R), Castle Rock(TM) and numerous private-label brands of certified true spring water, fluoridated spring water for babies, and distilled water.

AquaPenn(R) is one of the largest contract packagers of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles of non-carbonated spring water in the United States. The Company's Web address is http://www.aquapenn.com.

SOURCE AquaPenn Spring Water Company, Inc.
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/CONTACT: Dick Cooper, Director of Corporate Communications of AquaPenn Spring Water Company, 814-355-5556, ext. 139/

/Web site: http://www.aquapenn.com/

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CO: AquaPenn Spring Water Company, Inc.; AquaPenn Spring Water Company South,

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