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GEOFFREY F. WORDEN ELECTED TO WEST COMPANY BOARD

 LIONVILLE, Pa., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The West Company, Incorporated (NYSE: WST) announced the election of Geoffrey F. Worden to fill a vacancy on the board of directors.
 Worden is president of South Street Capital, an investment company in Morristown, N.J. Prior to 1992, Worden was a managing director at Kidder, Peabody & Co., which he joined in 1965.
 At Kidder, Peabody & Co., Worden served for 11 years as co-director of the Corporate Finance Group. He was also a member of the Kidder, Peabody & Co. board of directors, the Executive Committee of the board of directors and the firm's Commitment Committee. Worden was responsible for advising clients, including The West Company, on matters ranging from strategic, corporate and financial planning to the implementation of mergers, divestitures and the public and private placement of debt and equity securities.
 Worden graduated from the Episcopal Academy in Merion, Pa. He has a B.S. in commerce and engineering from Drexel University and an M.B.A from the Harvard Business School.
 Very active in civic life, Worden and his wife founded "Bridges," a community outreach program providing food, blankets, clothing and personal care items to homeless people living on the streets of lower Manhattan. He also serves on the board of directors of New York City Outward Bound.
 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, 215-594-3346/
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