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									For Immediate Release                   Contact:     Rachel Gogos
                                                     Allegheny Conference on
                                                     Community Development and Affiliates
                                                     (412) 392-4555, Ext. 1021
                                                     rgogos@alleghenyconference.org

                European Lawn Equipment Powerhouse Locates
                 North American Headquarters in Pittsburgh

(Pittsburgh, PA – May 1, 2006) Eliet, a Belgium-based producer of high-end residential and
commercial grade lawn equipment, with a widespread presence in the European market, has chosen
a west Pittsburgh location near McKees Rocks, Allegheny County to launch Eliet USA, Inc., its
first entry into the U.S. market and its North American headquarters.

Jean-Alain Tibbaut, President and CEO of Eliet USA said, “Pittsburgh is an ideal location for our
American expansion because of its close access to several major US markets, inexpensive operating
costs and low cost-of-living.”

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Business Development (DCED), first
presented Pittsburgh as a viable location for Eliet USA’s new headquarters, which is currently co-
located within W.J. Beitler Co. & Beitler Trucking Inc., a Pittsburgh based third-party logistics
service provider specializing in warehousing and distribution.

The Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference on Community
Development, assisted Eliet USA with comprehensive market data, professional services
information and the coordination of regional contacts. “Compared to those we encountered in other
regions such as New York and Chicago, the people in Pittsburgh were more kind and helpful. The
PRA did a fine job of helping us get started. They were mindful of our budget while keeping our
best interests in mind,” said Tibbaut.

“We are pleased that Eliet, USA has selected Pittsburgh as its entry into the American market. Our
region will benefit economically and by promoting Pittsburgh as a great place to live and work,”
said F. Michael Langley, CEO, Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

Some of Eliet USA Inc.’s most innovative products are self-propelled lawn blowers and chipper/
shredders that make the traditional labor-intensive aspects of landscaping an outdated process. Self
propelled lawn blowers and shredders come in a variety of models, sizes and prices. For additional
information consult their website at www.eliet.be. Eliet machines will be distributed through
rental, and lawn and garden stores.


Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Affiliates

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its Affiliates – Pittsburgh Regional
Alliance; Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce; and Pennsylvania Economy League of
Southwestern Pennsylvania – work together to stimulate growth in the region’s economy and
improve its quality of life.

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