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AMERICAN PACIFIC ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS

 AMERICAN PACIFIC ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS
 LAS VEGAS, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- American Pacific Corporation


(NASDAQ: APFC)(the company) announced today that three key management positions have been filled.
 W. Thomas Short. Short has been appointed vice president - marketing. He will be responsible for the marketing of all products of the company's several subsidiaries. He will focus his principal efforts initially on marketing of the Halotron fire suppression system, a project of the company's Halotron, Inc. subsidiary.
 Prior to joining the company, Short was employed by Digital Equipment Corporation for over five years, responsible for new business development in the aerospace and government markets. He became available to the company when he elected to take advantage of an early retirement program implemented by Digital. Short holds a bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame University, and is a member of the State Bar of Missouri. Before joining Digital in 1987, Short held a number of positions entailing marketing, management, contract administration and related functions with RCA, North American Aviation, Systems Development Corporation and the space division of Rockwell International where he was vice president of field operations and business development.
 Joseph W. Cuzzupoli. Cuzzupoli has been appointed senior vice president, and will handle special projects for the company. He presently has major responsibilities associated with the company's Halotron project and the sodium azide plant being built by the company's American Azide Corporation subsidiary.
 Cuzzupoli became a consultant to the company and its subsidiaries in January 1989. In 1989-1990, he played a major role in the management of the design, construction, start-up and early operations of the ammonium perchlorate plant operated by the company's Western Electrochemical Company subsidiary, later occupying similar roles in the management of the Halotron project and the sodium azide plant design and construction effort. Cuzzupoli holds a bachelor's degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from Bridgeport University and Maine Maritime Academy, and a bachelor's degree in executive business management from the University of Southern California. Prior to his consulting relationship with the company, Cuzzupoli held a number of positions in the aerospace industry, chiefly with Rockwell International, including those of vice president of operations and program manager. More recently he has been active as a real estate developer and investor.
 John R. Gibson. Gibson has been appointed vice president - engineering and operations. It is expected that he will assume responsibility for the engineering functions and operations of the company's various operating subsidiaries. At present, Gibson is chiefly responsible for managing the design, construction and start-up of the sodium azide plant being built by American Azide Corporation.
 Gibson has been a director of the company since December, 1988. He holds a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Nevada-Reno Mackay School of Mines and a bachelor's degree in economics from The Colorado College. Prior to becoming an employee of the company he was, for 29 years, an employee of USX Corporation in various capacities, most recently as director of modernization of USS-POSCO Industries, where he managed the $500 million modernization of the Pittsburg, California Steel Works.
 Fred D. Gibson, Jr., chairman of the company, noted "that the appointment of these three key executives represents a major step in the expansion of the management of the company coordinately with the dramatic growth opportunities represented by the Halotron and sodium azide projects. American Pacific is fortunate to have secured the services of these talented and proven managers. They will make substantial contributions to the development of the company, and greatly enhance its ability to continue its long-term growth beyond Halotron, sodium azide and existing operations."
 In addition to its Halotron and sodium azide projects, the company's principal business activities consist of the production of chlorate and perchlorate chemicals, including chiefly ammonium perchlorate, the oxidizer utilized in composite solid rocket propellants employed in a large number of space and military systems, the design and manufacture of pollution control systems and industrial and commercial real estate development.
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 /CONTACT: C. Keith Rooker of American Pacific, 702-735-2200/
 (APFC) CO: American Pacific Corporation ST: Nevada IN: CHM SU: PER


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