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CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CROWN CORK & SEAL ELECTED TO WEST COMPANY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CROWN CORK & SEAL
 ELECTED TO WEST COMPANY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 PHOENIXVILLE, Pa., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The West Company, Incorporated (NYSE: WST) today announced the election of William J. Avery as a director of the company.
 Avery is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Crown Cork & Seal, an international manufacturer of metal cans, crowns and closures as well as filling, packaging and handling machinery. Avery's election increases the number of directors to 13.
 During his 31-year tenure with Crown Cork & Seal, Avery has held numerous positions. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in industrial management.
 Avery also serves as a director for the Connelly Foundation, the Can Manufacturers Institute in Washington, D.C., and the YMCA.
 The West Company is a premier supplier of products that satisfy the unique filling, sealing and dispensing needs of the health care and consumer products industries. More than 85 percent of West's revenue is generated by the health care markets. Products include stoppers, closures, containers, medical device components and assemblies made from elastomers, metal, plastic and glass. West also manufactures related packaging machinery.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen M. Heumann, corporate treasurer of The West Company, 215-935-4640/
 (WST) CO: The West Company, Incorporated ST: Pennsylvania IN: MAC SU: PER


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