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Columbian TecTank Announces Multi-Million Dollar Capital Improvements to Production Facility

May 29, 2007

The board of directors of CST Industries Inc., parent company of Columbian TecTank, has approved a major capital improvement program for its ISO 9000/9001 Certified production facility Parsons, KS.

The multi-million dollar equipment and technology investment in the facility, which manufactures factory-coated steel and aluminum storage tanks for both liquid storage and the storage of dry commodity products, will double production capacity and result in the creation of at least 30 new jobs.

Columbian TecTank’s business has grown rapidly since 2003, placing a heavy demand on its various production facilities, including its Parsons facility. The company’s orders to date for 2007 show an increase of 40% over the same time in 2006.

“We are excited to expand and modernize the equipment and processes at the Parsons facility,” said Steve Allen, manufacturing manager for the production facility. “Some of the nation’s top consultants on flow and technology are working side by side with our work force to arrive at the design for a world-class production process,”.

The company plans to integrate the best metal fabricating equipment in the world and utilize the most advanced material flow techniques to achieve high output and superior quality. New material handling equipment and modern loading and unloading systems will eliminate some of the physical exertion required on some of the facility’s current equipment and reduce safety risks on the shop floor.