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Hawkins, Inc. Announces Agreement To Acquire The Assets Of Vertex Chemical Corporation

MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawkins, Inc. (Nasdaq: HWKN) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all the assets of Vertex Chemical Corporation and its affiliates.

Hawkins Chief Executive Officer, John R. Hawkins, commented, "We are extremely pleased to be welcoming a company the caliber of Vertex into the Hawkins organization.  Vertex shares our value of placing the customer first and has built a high-quality manufacturing and distribution business focused on manufacture and packaging of sodium hypochlorite bleaches in strategically located facilities. We believe this transaction will offer significant benefits to our shareholders as we intend to build on Vertex's capabilities, plant sites and employees to broaden the products and services offered to Vertex's current customer base.  In addition, this acquisition provides us with an expanded geographic footprint and additional infrastructure to support our strategy of geographic growth for our Water Treatment Group."

Michael H. Moisio, Chairman of Vertex added, "My wife, Lee, and I have operated this family business for the last 32 years and we are very pleased with the opportunity for the Vertex business to increase its growth within the Hawkins organization.  We have known and respected Hawkins and its management team for many years.  Hawkins has a similar culture to that of Vertex, placing high value on quality and complete customer satisfaction.  Both companies are committed to a seamless transition for our customers, suppliers and employees."

Vertex Chemical Corporation and its affiliates had revenues of approximately $39 million in 2010.  The acquisition is expected to be accretive to Hawkins's earnings; however Vertex's margins have historically been somewhat lower than those of Hawkins.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in January.  

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