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TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED IN PEABODY COAL STRIKE

 NEW YORK, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- David Clarke, chief executive officer of Hanson Industries, the U.S. arm of Hanson PLC (NYSE: HAN), said today that he was pleased that a tentative agreement has been reached between the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and the Bituminous Coal Operators' Association (BCOA), which represents Hanson's Peabody Coal Company and Eastern Associated Coal Corp. units and eight other coal operators.
 Mr. Clarke said, "Now that both sides in this long and difficult strike have reached a tentative agreement, Hanson is looking forward to the resumption of production at the affected operations. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by the UMWA members."
 Hanson PLC is a British-American industrial management corporation. In the U.S., Hanson Industries' operations include Peabody Holding Company, Quantum Chemical, Suburban Propane, SCM Chemicals, Cavenham Forest Industries, Beazer, Grove Crane, Jacuzzi Whirlpool Baths, Tommy Armour Golf, Farberware Cookware, and Hanson Lighting Group, among others.
 In the United Kingdom, Hanson's holdings include Imperial Tobacco, ARC Aggregates, London Brick, Butterley Brick, Beazer Homes and Smith Meters.
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 /CONTACT: Mickey Foster of Hanson Industries, 908-603-6977/
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