Acme United Corporation Receives Good Design Award

Acme United Corporation (NYSE AMEX: ACU) today announced that it has won a GOOD DESIGN award from the Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design, for its Westcott brand Trimair paper trimmers.

GOOD DESIGN is one of the oldest and most important design competitions worldwide. This year the Museum received thousands of submissions from over 48 countries globally.

Walter C. Johnsen, Chairman and CEO said, “We are delighted to accept this award for innovation in our paper trimmer line. The Trimair family has had strong customer response, and we are looking forward to seeing this develop into meaningful growth. We plan to begin shipping the Trimair products to major retailers in early 2012.”

David Farnworth, Vice President Marketing, added that the Trimair paper trimmers have unique designs which provide high cutting performance and ease of use. “We expect these products to have broad appeal to business and school customers and to consumers for use at home.”

Acme United Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of innovative cutting, measuring and safety products to the school, home, office, sporting goods, and industrial markets.

Forward-looking statements in this announcement, including without limitation, statements related to the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations, intentions and adequacy of resources, are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, the following: (i) the Company’s plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Company; (ii) the impact of current uncertainties in global economic conditions and the ongoing financial crisis affecting the domestic and foreign banking system and financial markets, including the impact on the Company’s suppliers and customers (iii) currency fluctuations (iv) the Company’s plans and results of operations will be affected by the Company’s ability to manage its growth, and (v) other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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