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Barry-Wehmiller Design Group opens Los Angeles office

ST. LOUIS - July 10, 2006 - Joseph Wilhelm, Managing Partner of Barry-Wehmiller Design Group, Inc., has announced the opening of the firm’s ninth office, in the Los Angeles area.

The Los Angeles office, located in Cerritos, Calif., will be under the direction of Alan Cheney, Managing Partner of the Design Group’s northern California operation, based near Sacramento.

Commenting on the expansion, Cheney said, “Given the size and importance of the California market and the growth of our firm’s presence in the western United States, we knew that a commitment in Southern California was absolutely critical to our clients and to our ongoing business proposition.”

Wilhelm stressed that this is not a sales office, stating, “Virtually all of our professionals are engineers and software specialists, with direct experience in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.”

The Los Angeles office will also serve to further strengthen the Design Group’s pharmaceutical and biotech presence in Southern California. “Our engineering presence is well-established through our San Francisco engineering office,” stated Ray Hensel, Managing Partner of the firm’s national Pharmaceutical and Biotech Practice. “The Los Angeles office only strengthens our resolve to be the nation’s premier engineering consulting firm for the biotech industry, with capacity to evaluate projects on a global scale.”

The Design Group employs approximately 350 engineers, software designers, architects, regulatory specialists and other technical personnel throughout nine offices in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Approximately 65 of these professionals are based in California.

ABOUT DESIGN GROUP
Barry-Wehmiller Design Group is a leading provider of manufacturing automation and engineering consulting services to the world’s leading consumer products, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. The firm provides a comprehensive range of solutions for packaging automation, software engineering for business intelligence, process control and instrumentation, regulatory compliance, and facility design and construction.

ABOUT BARRY-WEHMILLER
Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc. is a world leading supplier of packaging, corrugating and paper converting technology, as well as consulting services, across a broad spectrum of industries. Barry-Wehmiller’s balanced and diversified approach to the market is made possible through 11 interactive divisions: Accraply, a leading manufacturer of automatic labeling systems; Barry-Wehmiller Company, manufacturing bottle washers and pasteurizers for more than 120 years; Barry-Wehmiller International Resources, a leading information technology services provider and e-business solutions developer; Central Bottling International (CBI), specializing in quality industrial manufacturing equipment and services for the food, beverage, and packaging industries worldwide; Design Group, a world leader in manufacturing automation and engineering consulting services; FleetwoodGoldcoWyard, a leading supplier of advanced conveyance technology and material handling equipment; Hayssen Packaging Technologies, a form/fill/seal technologies and services leader for more than 90 years; MarquipWardUnited, a leading manufacturer of equipment for the corrugated and folded carton industries; Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), specializing in the design and manufacture of converting machinery for the tissue and nonwovens industries, as well as printing systems for the flexible packaging industry; Pneumatic Scale, a global provider for can seaming, capping, centrifugation, dry filling, labeling, and liquid filling; and Thiele Technologies, a leading producer of cartoning, case packing, bagging, and palletizing equipment.

In fiscal year 2006, a combination of organic and acquisition growth is expected to grow Barry-Wehmiller’s annual revenues to more than $800 million for the first time in the company’s 120-year history, with more than $200 million of that in global markets.
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