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June 26, 2012

AMVAC Chemical Corporation Hosts Celebrate America

Event Commissions New FOLEX Unit; Celebrates Made in America products at the company’s Axis, Ala. Facility

Axis, AL – June 26, 2012 – American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD), through its wholly owned subsidiary AMVAC Chemical Corporation (AMVAC) held a Celebrate America event to recognize its made in America products by its U.S. employees.

The event was held near the company’s Axis, Ala. plant, and customers, suppliers, growers and plant employees were invited to share in the celebration.  During the event, AMVAC commissioned a new FOLEX synthesis unit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony as part of an Axis plant tour.

“It has been a long-standing priority for AMVAC to keep jobs in the U.S. through the manufacturing of quality products that are made in America,” stated Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard. “AMVAC has added 60 jobs at its Axis facility since January 2012.”

Steeped in American tradition, the Celebrate America festivities included barbeque, other southern food delights, and music by Excelsior band that has historical roots back to 1883. Guests also enjoyed a special tour of Old Mobile, a National Historic Landmark which was the French Colonial Capital of La Louisiane (1702-1711), and currently is an archaeological site and a National Historic Landmark where the University of South Alabama conducts excavations each year.

Click here for a slideshow recap of the event.

The new FOLEX unit will produce FOLEX® 6 EC, a cotton defoliant, which has maintained steady volumes over the years. The newly commissioned unit will also free capacity in the plant that is needed to meet the increase in demand for granular corn soil insecticide products, such as AZTEC® and SmartChoice™. The Axis, Ala. facility is the principal location for the manufacturing of AMVAC’s granular corn soil insecticides.

“Our employees at the Axis facility have done an incredible job keeping up with increases in volume for our products, and working seamlessly through the start up of our new FOLEX unit,” added Eric Wintemute, Chairman and CEO of American Vanguard. “We are seeing renewed demand for the use of granular soil insecticides in the U.S. corn market, as growers combat strong pest pressure from both primary and secondary insects. AMVAC has the largest offering of corn soil insecticides along with the most advanced, closed delivery equipment for safely and efficiently dispensing these products. Our Axis facility is key to this success.”