Mike Rispin to head Normet in North America

Normet Americas Inc. and Normet International Ltd. are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael (Mike) Rispin to the position of Managing Director – NAFTA, effective Sep.1, 2009.  He will be based at the company's operations in Union Grove, Wisconsin.

A graduate of the McGill University Mining Engineering program in 1985 and a Professional Engineer since 1987, his career associated with the mining and construction industries spans 25 years: 12 in explosives (with a focus to underground blasting) and 13 in construction chemicals (with a focus to sprayed concrete).  He joins the Normet team after 13 years with Master Builders / Degussa / BASF in Canada, the United States and Switzerland.

Rispin will head up Normet's NAFTA team which brings the company's well known suite of underground equipment (concrete spraying, concrete transportation, explosives charging, lifting and installation, scaling and underground logistics), Life Time Care (LTC) parts and service platform, and process expertise to the mining and tunnelling construction markets.

About Normet: Normet provides demanding solutions for selected customer processes in underground mining and tunnelling. Normet develops manufactures and markets equipment and vehicles for mining and underground construction as well as provides a comprehensive range of life time care services around the equipment and the processes they are used for. Normet Group is the global market leader in its product areas. The company's head office, main production and R&D are located in Iisalmi, Finland and production also in Santiago, Chile. The Group's turnover in 2008 was EUR 107 million. Normet currently employs 450 business professionals. For more information please visit our webpage www Normet.fi

Further Information:

Heikki Ulvila
tel. +1 305 613 8825
[email protected]

Mike Rispin
tel. +41 79 765 3411
[email protected]