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Presstek Closes Facility After Chemical Spill in South Hadley, MA

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

HUDSON, N.H., Nov. 1 -- Presstek, Inc., today issued the following statement regarding events at a company manufacturing facility in South Hadley, MA: An incident occurred on Monday, October 30, 2006, at the Presstek facility in South Hadley, MA that involved a chemical release and the resultant closure of the facility. Presstek makes certain lines of conventional and digital aluminum printing plates at the S. Hadley facility, the former Precision Lithograining. Presstek on site personnel reacted quickly and properly, following all of the appropriate procedures, including the safe and swift evacuation of the building. The spill remained contained on site. A limited number of area homes and businesses from South Hadley and the neighboring town of Granby were evacuated as a precaution. Due to the road closure, buses located at an adjacent depot could not pass and area schools were temporarily closed on Tuesday. Schools and some area businesses were reopened today (Wednesday). Presstek is currently working alongside Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) crews and local and state officials to secure and complete clean up of the facility. The chemistry is being removed consistent with MEMA and EPA standards. Our focus remains on maintaining the safety of our employees and the community. The shutdown affected production of certain lines of our digital and analog aluminum plate products. The company has inventory of both categories of product to meet current customer needs. At this time, we can not speculate as to when the facility will reopen or the potential impact on our business. We will provide more complete information when appropriate. We express our deepest gratitude to the local emergency management officials led by Chief David LaBrie for their rapid and professional response. We regret the inconvenience this has caused to our neighbors and local businesses in South Hadley and the surrounding community and thank them for their support.




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