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PIZZITOLA NAMED STERLING DIRECTOR

 PIZZITOLA NAMED STERLING DIRECTOR
 HOUSTON, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Sterling Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE: STX)


has named Frank J. Pizzitola a member of the board of directors, replacing James W. Glanville, who died Sept. 16, 1992. Pizzitola will begin serving on the board immediately and will stand for election at Sterling's Annual Meeting in January.
 Pizzitola has been a general partner of Lazard Freres in New York City since 1973. He has been with Monsanto Company, Olin Corp. and Celanese Corp. in various positions and also served as president of Jim Walter Corp. He has served on the boards of directors of I-T-E International, Celanese Corp., Allied Chemical Co., Pirelli Enterprises Corp., Grand Metropolitan PLC and Westmark International, Inc. His current board service includes Aqua-Chem, Inc., GWC Corporation, Lyonnaise American Holdings, Inc., Lyonnaise des Eaux, Paris and Sipex Corporation.
 He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a M.B.A. from Harvard University.
 "Pizzitola's broad range of experience in the chemical industry and in investment banking will be valuable to Sterling," said J. Virgil Waggoner, Sterling's president and chief executive officer.
 Sterling is a major producer of seven intermediate petrochemical products - styrene monomer, acrylonitrile, acetic acid, plasticizers, lactic acid, tertiary butylamine and sodium cyanide - at its facilities in Texas City, Texas. The company recently completed the acquisition of a pulp chemicals business which produces sodium chlorate at four plants and sodium chlorite at one plant in Canada and constructs and licenses large-scale chlorine dioxide generators used for bleaching by the pulp industry.
 Sterling Chemicals is headquartered in Houston, Texas. The company's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol STX.
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 /CONTACT: J. David Heaney, Sterling Chemicals, Inc., 713-650-3700/
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