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SPRINGDALE, Ark., July 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:AERT), a leading plastic recycler and manufacturer of green building products, experienced a fire at its Springdale North extrusion facility at approximately 2:40 PM this afternoon. Three associates were injured and transported to Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. Two of the associates have subsequently been transported to a regional burn center. The third associate expects to be released this evening.
Units from the Springdale fire department were called and responded quickly. The origin of the fire is unknown at this time. The Springdale fire department is completing work to extinguish the fire at this time.
At this point it appears that damage to the plant is minimal. The Springdale Fire Department will continue to monitor the situation.
"The company is greatly appreciative of the quick response time and professionalism of the Springdale Fire Department. We are also appreciative of our AERT plant associates and their dedication to safety and the company," stated Joe G. Brooks, CEO.
We will provide updates as we learn more.
About Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc.
Since 1989, AERT (OTCBB:AERT) has pioneered the use of recycled polyethylene plastic in the manufacture of composite building materials. With its constantly evolving portfolio of patented and proprietary recycling technologies, AERT has been widely recognized as a leader in resource conservation innovation and received the EPA Award for Environmental Excellence for its process of converting scrap plastic to composite outdoor decking. The company recently received an ESGR Patriot Award for its support of our Guard and Reserve Units in the U. S. Armed Forces. AERT converts reclaimed plastic and wood fiber waste into quality outdoor decking systems, fence systems, and door and window components. The Company is the exclusive manufacturer of ChoiceDek
® decking, which is available in multiple colors and is sold in Lowe's Home Improvement stores nationwide. See
http://www.choicedek.com for more information. AERT's MoistureShield
® decking program is expanding and products are now available throughout the U.S. See
http://www.moistureshield.com for product information or to find a regional distributor or dealer. AERT operates manufacturing facilities in Springdale and Lowell, Arkansas and recently commenced operations at its Green Age recycling facility in Watts, Oklahoma. Investors can access real-time stock quotes and information at
http://www.otcmarkets.com. For more information on the Company, visit
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