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Graham Corporation Awarded $9 Million in Orders

  • Large installed base leads to follow-on orders for replacement equipment
    • Replacing surface condensers in a North America ethylene facility and South America refinery
    • Providing newly engineered ejector system for revamp of a Middle East refinery for clean fuels production
  • Wins first project opportunity on a crude oil floating production storage and offloading platform

BATAVIA, N.Y., Dec. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM), a global business that designs, manufactures and sells critical equipment for the oil refining, petrochemical and power industries, including the supply of components and raw materials to nuclear energy facilities, announced today that it received four orders totaling in excess of $9 million. Each project is scheduled for shipment in approximately 12 to 18 months.

Two of the orders are for surface condensers, replacing those which were originally supplied by the Company over 20 years ago. Of those two orders, one is for the upgrade of a North America ethylene production facility and the other is for the upgrade of a South America refining project. Graham was also awarded an ejector system project for a Middle East refinery revamp project. The ejector system will be engineered for clean fuels production, which results in improved fuel quality and reduced emissions from diesel and gasoline used as transportation fuels. The original ejector system for this third order was supplied by Graham nearly 40 years ago. The fourth order reflects the Company's first project win for a technically-complex surface condenser to be installed on a floating production storage and offloading ("FPSO") platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

James R. Lines, Graham's President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our large global installed base continues to provide us with opportunities. The three replacement order wins resulted from the quality and reliability of the equipment we originally supplied as well from our engineering expertise required for the clean fuels project. Of note, we are making headway with our efforts to capture greater market share in our traditional markets. We believe we won this first FPSO order because of the depth of our engineering capabilities and technical expertise with specialty metallurgy. Moving upstream in the oil and gas industry, as we believe this order and other recent orders supporting oil sands extraction in Alberta demonstrates, broadens our market opportunity."

Mr. Lines concluded, "While lower oil prices have slowed investments in oil production processes, it has had a positive effect on the refining segment due to reduced feedstock costs. Notably, we continue to experience substantial bidding activity and a strong pipeline. We continuously monitor and assess the long-term implications of lower crude oil pricing, which will be dependent upon the duration and depth of depressed pricing. We continue to believe our strategy to grow market share, expand our addressable market and diversify into the naval and nuclear markets provides excellent prospects for growth."

ABOUT GRAHAM CORPORATION

With world-renowned engineering expertise in vacuum and heat transfer technology, Graham Corporation is a global designer, manufacturer and supplier of custom-engineered ejectors, pumps, condensers, vacuum systems and heat exchangers. For nearly 80 years, Graham has built a reputation for top quality, reliable products and high-standards of customer service. Sold either as components or complete system solutions, the principal markets for Graham's equipment are energy, including oil and gas refining and nuclear and other power generation, chemical/petrochemical and other process industries. In addition, Graham's equipment can be found in diverse applications, such as metal refining, pulp and paper processing, shipbuilding, water heating, refrigeration, desalination, food processing, pharmaceutical, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, and in nuclear power installations, both inside the reactor vessel and outside the containment vessel.

Graham Corporation's subsidiary Energy Steel & Supply Co. is a leading code fabrication and specialty machining company dedicated exclusively to the nuclear power industry.

Graham Corporation's reach spans the globe. Its equipment is installed in facilities from North and South America to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Graham routinely posts news and other important information on its website, www.graham-mfg.com, where additional comprehensive information on Graham Corporation and its subsidiaries can be found.

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CONTACT: Jeffrey F. Glajch Vice President - Finance and CFO Phone: (585) 343-2216 Email: jglajch@graham-mfg.com Deborah K. Pawlowski / Karen L. Howard Kei Advisors LLC Phone: (716) 843-3908 / (716) 843-3942 Email: dpawlowski@keiadvisors.com / khoward@keiadvisors.comSource:Graham Corporation