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Lakeland Industries, Inc. Enters Into Australian Distribution

Lakeland Industries, Inc. Enters Into Australian Distribution
Agreement 
RONKONKOMA, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/31/08 --  Lakeland Industries,
Inc. (NASDAQ: LAKE), a market leader in protective apparel, today
announced that it has finalized a distribution agreement with
Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety ("WIS"). The supply agreement grants
exclusive distribution rights for Lakeland disposable and protective
clothing in Australia to two Wesfarmers subsidiaries -- J. Blackwood
& Son Limited (Blackwoods) and Protector Alsafe.  Lakeland believes
that the sales generated from this distribution agreement will be
significant and potentially material to its total international
revenues and represents Lakeland's latest successful initiative to
expand its international sales. 
Under the terms of the agreement, the WIS operating units will be
custodians of Lakeland and will promote the products as their own
brand. In exchange for granting the exclusive distribution rights,
Lakeland Industries will, for the first time, have an extensive
marketing channel to sell its products in a broad geographic region
covering Australia, New Zealand, (through New Zealand Safety &
Protector Safety) New Guinea, and South Africa.  Marketing
initiatives will be undertaken by the two WIS companies, both with
established reputations for quality, service and expertise in the
safety industry. 
WIS (www.wesfarmers.com.au), a publicly-traded company on the
Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: WES), comprises nine businesses
that together make it the leading supplier of engineering products
and workplace needs, safety, packaging, materials handling and
lifting products and services to industry and government across
Australia and New Zealand. Blackwoods is the largest distributor of
industrial and engineering supplies in Australia and New Zealand,
with over 142 locations stocking over 150,000 product line items. 
Blackwoods also distributes in Southern Asia and the South Pacific.
Complementing Blackwoods in Australia are four major national
specialists, with Protector Alsafe operating as its provider of safety
products and services.  Protector Alsafe is Australia's largest
specialist safety distribution company dedicated to serving customers
with an unparalleled range of specially selected quality products and
brands.  The company prides itself on supplying the broadest range of
the world's best brands of safety equipment.  Protector Alsafe's
branch network of 40 locations offers sales and technical support
backed by a team of safety specialists dedicated to offering the best
personal protection solutions for the industrial marketplace. As is
the case for Protector Alsafe in Australia, Protector Alsafe
subsidiaries in New Zealand are the market leaders in the region. 
Commenting on Lakeland's latest successful initiative to expand
internationally, Chris Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of Lakeland,
stated, "Our agreement with Wesfarmers Industrial and Safety is
consistent with Lakeland's goal of driving growth in international
markets.  The combination of Wesfarmers' sales and distribution
capabilities with our unique line of disposable and chemical
protective garments positions both parties for growth amid the
favorable market conditions in Australia.  This agreement offers a
unique opportunity to employ a different business model that will
maximize distribution channel efficiencies and the corporate
strengths of both companies to cost-effectively deliver high quality
products to the market.  We anticipate a long and mutually beneficial
relationship with Wesfarmers. 
"Our international expansion initiatives continue to show progress,
and we are beginning to achieve benefits of scale for our regional
manufacturing facilities in China and India.  Our prior investments in
manufacturing, along with the distribution agreement announced today,
are integral to Lakeland's growth strategy in the Pacific.  Within
the region, Australia is one 
of the most mature personal protective
equipment markets which, until this agreement, we had not formally
entered.  Leveraging a local partner such as Wesfarmers -- with its
formidable ability to penetrate Australia -- Lakeland has made a
sound choice while preserving critical resources for use in further
capitalizing on developing markets like China and India." 
About Lakeland Industries, Inc.: 
Lakeland Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAKE) manufactures and sells a
comprehensive line of safety garments and accessories for the
industrial protective clothing market.  The Company's products are
sold by a direct sales force and through independent sales
representatives to a network of over 1000 safety and mill supply
distributors.  These distributors in turn supply end user industrial
customers such as chemical/petrochemical, automobile, steel, glass,
construction, smelting, janitorial, pharmaceutical and high
technology electronics manufacturers, as well as hospitals and
laboratories.  In addition, Lakeland supplies
 federal, state, and
local government agencies, fire and police departments, airport crash
rescue units, the Department of Defense, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention, and may other federal and state agencies. 
Safe Harbor Statement 
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the
meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements, without
limitation, regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or
strategies regarding the future. We intend that such forward-looking
statements be subject to the safe-harbor provided by the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements that are
not historical are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may
relate to, but are not limited to, the effect of the product
distribution agreement on our international  and total revenues and
the size and growth of the Australia market for protective apparel. 
Such forward-looking statements are based upon current information
and expectations. These estimates and statements speak only as of the
date on which they are made, are not guarantees of future performance
and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are
difficult to predict. 
For more information concerning Lakeland, please visit the Company
online at www.lakeland.com. 
Contacts:
Lakeland Industries
631-981-9700
Christopher Ryan
CEO
Email Contact
Gary Pokrassa
CFO
Email Contact
701-7 Koehler Avenue, Suite 7
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
www.lakeland.com 
Darrow Associates for Lakeland Industries
631-367-1866
Jordan Darrow
Email Contact
 
 
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