Valley National Gases looks to prove strategic cost savings With tmsRouter from GeoComtms

Atlanta, Georgia - November 7, 2001 - GeoComtms in the USA announced today that it has entered into an agreement to provide the tmsRouter vehicle route optimization software to save costs for Valley National Gases, Inc.

Valley National Gases, Inc. (VNG) (AMEX symbol VLG), is headquartered in Wheeling West Virginia and delivers pure, mixed or liquefied industrial gases, as well as fuel, bulk propane and specialty gases in all grades and levels of purity. In addition, VNG provides an array of welding supplies and other related products and services. VNG has committed to test run the tmsRouter software at one of its larger facilities before rolling it out company-wide.

According to Richard A. Hersick, Vice-President of Distribution, "In early 2001, VNG executive management launched a program to achieve significant cost savings over the next three years. All operational areas and department managers were tasked with identifying cost savings opportunities. Out of this program, we felt there were opportunities within Operations/Logistics to improve routing and delivery. The areas of improvement we are looking to prove with GeoComtms are:

  1. Improve truck utilization
  2. Reduce routes and miles driven
  3. Reduce overall delivery costs".

Mr. Hersick is responsible for a system-wide streamlining of all operational activities at Valley's 68 locations in 11 states throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-Western regions of the United States. He will also oversee the efforts of the company's Regional Operation Managers to ensure the highest level of customer service.

"We are seeing a renewed interest in projects like vehicle route optimization where there is substantial hard cost reductions in a short time frame," commented Christopher J. Russell, President of GeoComtms in the USA. "In this economic climate companies are looking for quick wins that have strategic impact without the risk associated with larger projects. We promise fast ROI and large efficiency gains. Most of our clients, especially these days, are skeptical. The onus is on GeoComtms to prove the value, and we do. Valley is another example of how we put our products on the line and prove it", concluded Russell.

About Valley National Gases, Inc.

Valley National Gases, with headquarters in Wheeling, West Virginia, is a leading packager and distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, welding equipment and supplies, propane and fire equipment. Valley operates seventy locations in eleven states, with seven production and distribution centers in the mid-Atlantic and mid-western regions of the United States.

In the last eighteen months, Valley will have completed eight acquisitions having combined annual sales of approximately $30 million. The company's sales for the twelve months ended June 30, 2001 were $141 million. To learn more about Valley's products and services, visit VNG web site home page - AMEX: VLG.

About GeoComtms Inc.

GeoComtms provides vehicle route optimization, territory design, tracking and wireless communication software. GeoComtms designs, implements and supports software tools to optimize productivity, increase the quality of customer service and integrate with the current daily logistics operations of customers supporting a transportation component in their business. GeoComtms products integrate with most supply chain vendors and are multi-lingual. tmsRouter™ is a highly scalable client/server application, designed to handle very large and complex routing problems. tmsRouter is the first routing product to utilize powerful and innovative genetic algorithm optimization.

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tmsRouter is a registered trademark of GeoComtms Inc.

Editorial Contacts:
Brenda M. Garis
GeoComtms Inc.
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