Inspection Machines ST. LOUIS, May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LaBarge, Inc. (Amex: LB) has been awarded a $1.2 million contract from O-I (NYSE: OI) to manufacture inspection machines that detect flaws in glass containers. A newly designed model, the sophisticated inspection machine can detect a variety of defects such as variations in thickness, cracks, inclusions or other impurities in glass containers made to hold food, beverages, and household and personal care items. The Company anticipates additional work on the program. LaBarge will manufacture the inspection machines at its Pittsburgh facility. Production is expected to begin in May and continue through June 2005. LaBarge's Pittsburgh facility manufactures more than 1,200 different electronic and electromechanical assemblies used by O-I to control industrial processes and facilitate automated inspection of glass containers. O-I is the largest manufacturer of glass containers in the world, with leading positions in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and South America. O-I is also a leading manufacturer of health care packaging and specialty closure systems. LaBarge, Inc. is a broad-based provider of electronics to technology-driven companies in diverse markets. The Company provides its customers with sophisticated electronic products through contract design and manufacturing services. Headquartered in St. Louis, LaBarge has operations in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. The Company's Web site may be accessed at http://www.labarge.com . Statements contained in this release relating to LaBarge, Inc. that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Matters subject to forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including economic, competitive and other factors that may cause LaBarge or its industry's actual results, levels of activity, performance and achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause LaBarge's actual results to differ materially from those projected in, or inferred by, forward-looking statements are (but are not necessarily limited to) the following: the impact of increasing competition or deterioration of economic conditions in LaBarge's markets; cutbacks in defense spending by the U.S. Government; loss of one or more large customers; LaBarge's ability to replace completed and expired contracts on a timely basis; the Company's ability to integrate recently acquired businesses; the outcome of litigation the Company may be party to; increases in the cost of raw materials, labor and other resources necessary to operate LaBarge's business; the availability, amount, type and cost of financing for LaBarge and any changes to that financing; and other factors summarized in our reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Given these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements. Unless otherwise required by law, LaBarge disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements or to publicly announce any revisions thereto to reflect future events or developments. SOURCE LaBarge, Inc. CONTACT: Colleen Clements of LaBarge, Inc., +1-314-997-0800, ext. 409, email@example.com -0- May/03/2005 12:00 GMT
LaBarge Awarded $1.2 Million Contract From O-I for Glass
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