Vertex Energy, Inc. (“Vertex” or “the Company”) (OTCBB:VTNR), a leader in the aggregation, recycling and processing of distressed hydrocarbon streams, announced today it has created a customized Investor Relations CD (“IR-CD”) ready for immediate delivery to the investment community. This IR-CD provides an overview of Vertex Energy outlining the Company’s operations, business model, management and directors, financials, corporate news, and other valuable information for prospective and current shareholders. This innovative IR-CD also includes the Company’s latest earnings releases and SEC filings. Designed to be user-friendly, the IR-CD allows users to browse through content and select which topics they want to explore in greater detail. Additionally, the IR-CD incorporates interactive external links via the Internet, directing users to up-to-the-minute information to keep shareholders informed about the Company’s activities. Benjamin P. Cowart, Vertex’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are excited to offer the investment community an extensive information kit which encompasses many of the key aspects of our Company at the click of a mouse. We believe the Investor Relations CD will prove to be a valuable tool for any investor or prospective investor wishing to more clearly understand Vertex Energy’s operations.” To obtain a free copy of Vertex’s Investor Relations CD, please contact Gross Capital, Inc. at (361) 949-4999, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your full name and complete mailing address. CONFERENCE CALL As previously announced, Vertex Energy, Inc. will host a conference call on Monday, May 17, 2010, at 3:15 p.m. Central Time (4:15 p.m. Eastern Time). In order to participate in the call, please dial (800) 288-8961 (Conference ID: 157332), or if outside the U.S., (612) 234-9959. A webcast of the conference call will be available on the Vertex website at www.vertexenergy.com through June 15, 2010. ABOUT VERTEX ENERGY, INC. Vertex Energy, Inc. (OTCBB: VTNR) is a leader in the aggregation, recycling and processing of distressed hydrocarbon streams thereby reducing the United States’ reliance on foreign crude oil. Vertex Energy’s focus, as a participant in the alternative energy and environmentally friendly investment sectors, is on creating increased value in the products it manages and produces through a variety of strategies and technologies that facilitate the re-refining of used oil and off specification commercial chemical products into higher value commodities. By creating higher value products from distressed hydrocarbon streams, the Company is positioned to produce both financial and environmental benefits. Vertex Energy, Inc. is based in Houston, Texas with offices in Georgia and California. More information on the Company can be found at www.vertexenergy.com. This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management’s view of Vertex Energy’s future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," or "may," and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act, and are subject to the safe harbor created by the Act. Any statements made in this news release other than those of historical fact, about an action, event or development, are forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the results of Vertex Energy, its divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents Vertex files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Vertex’s future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Vertex cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Vertex undertakes no obligation to update these statements after the date of this release, except as required by law, and also takes no obligation to update or correct information prepared by third parties that are not paid for by Vertex.