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VALLEN ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF DICKSON SAFETY PRODUCTS

 VALLEN ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF DICKSON SAFETY PRODUCTS
 HOUSTON, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Vallen Corporation (NASDAQ: VALN) today announced that its subsidiary, Vallen Safety Supply Company, closed on the purchase of the business and assets of Dickson Safety Products Company, a subsidiary of Standard Safety Equipment Company. Dickson Safety's business will be consolidated into Vallen Safety Supply's Los Angeles branch. Dickson Safety's sales in calendar year 1991 were approximately $1 million.
 According to J.M. Wayne Code, Vallen's president, "The acquisition of Dickson Safety will enhance our current presence in the West Coast market. Vallen Safety Supply will also have exclusive rights to distribute Standard Safety's line of Sta-Safe products in California, which were previously distributed through Dickson Safety. Vallen Safety Supply now distributes Sta-Safe products in most of its locations."
 Vallen Safety Supply sells a wide variety of industrial safety and health products. It currently operates from 39 locations throughout the continental United States and Alaska, and has an additional 11 facilities located in customer plants.
 Encon Safety Products, Inc., Vallen's manufacturing subsidiary, is the leading producer of emergency shower and eye wash fountains for industrial use. The manufacturing subsidiary also molds and vacuum forms several industrial safety equipment items including optical quality protective eyewear.
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 /CONTACT: Don B. Hair, VP-finance of Vallen, 713-462-8700/
 (VALN) CO: Vallen Corporation ST: Texas IN: SU: TNM


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