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Photo Release -- Plug Power Announces Uline as New GenKey Customer in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

LATHAM, N.Y., May 21, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq:PLUG), a leader in providing clean, reliable energy solutions today announced Uline, Inc., as a new GenKey customer. Uline, a family-owned business, is the leading distributor of shipping, industrial and packaging materials to businesses throughout North America, offering more than 30,000 products. Given their business strategy of same day turn-around, productivity and predictability are important to Uline and are key benefits that the proven GenKey solution delivers.

The Plug POWERTrip has arrived!


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The initial deployment of GenDrive units will be powering the forklift fleet at one of Uline's distribution centers in Pleasant Prairie, WI. Additionally, Uline will deploy a second fleet of GenDrive-powered lift trucks into a newly constructed facility in the coming months. Uline distributes from twelve branches located across the US, Canada and Mexico.

Uline will operate more than 130 GenDrive units between the two facilities. Additionally, Plug Power will expand the existing GenFuel liquid system used for the currently operational pilot in Pleasant Prairie into a full liquid system including eight dispensers.

This infrastructure leverages Plug Power's new GenFuel construction process where a significant portion of the hydrogen infrastructure is built onsite at Plug Power's facility and shipped to the site for installation. By building the equipment in-house, Plug Power can deliver these systems more cost effectively with industry leading lead times.

Uline will realize efficiency and environmental benefits by implementing a hydrogen and fuel cell solution. The new system will require a fraction of the floor space of a traditional battery handling system and hydrogen fuel cells emit only heat and water as emissions.

"I'm excited to announce Uline as a new Plug Power GenKey customer," said Andy Marsh, CEO at Plug Power. "Plug Power's solutions deliver upon the promise of increased productivity, an attribute strongly valued by industry leaders like Uline. We look forward to helping them grow and expand their business."

Join the Plug POWERTrip and 2015 Annual Meeting

Today, Plug Power will host guests at the InterContinental New York Times Square for its annual shareholder meeting and second stop on the Plug POWERTrip, including presentations delivered by CEO Andy Marsh and CFO Paul Middleton. Marsh and Middleton will discuss Plug Power's financial strategy to grow the business by 50% in 2015 into a $500M business in three to five years.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 10:00 am ET
Location: InterContinental New York Times Square, Washington Square Park Room – 300 W 44th Street, New York, NY
Toll-free: 877.465.1289

In conjunction with the meeting, the Company will host a live webcast of the audio and presentation slides. The webcast can be joined by going directly to the Plug Power website and selecting the meeting link on the home page, or directly at http://www.plugpowertrip.com. The webcast will be available online for a period of time following the meeting.

About Plug Power Inc.

The powerhouse in hydrogen fuel cell technology, Plug Power is revolutionizing the industry with cost-effective solutions that increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprint. Its signature solution, GenKey, provides an all-inclusive package for customers, incorporating GenFuel hydrogen and fueling infrastructure, GenCare aftermarket service and either GenDrive or ReliOn fuel cell systems. GenDrive, a lead-acid battery replacement, is used in electric lift trucks in high-throughput material handling applications. With more than 6,500 GenDrive units deployed with material handling customers, GenDrive has been proven reliable with over 100 million hours of runtime. Plug Power manufactures tomorrow's incumbent power solutions today, so customers can POWERAhead. Additional information about the Plug Power brands is available at www.plugpower.com.

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CONTACT: Plug Power Media Contact Teal Vivacqua 518.738.0269 media@plugpower.com

Source:Plug Power Inc.