AXION Hires Claude Brown as Chief Operating and Technology Officer Respected industry veteran to join executive leadership team; Brings over 22 years of experience in engineering, development, commercialization and production of unique polymer technologies and differentiated building products

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AXION International Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: AXIH), a leader in recycled plastic and plastic composite technologies used to produce ECOTRAX® rail ties/sleepers and STRUXURE® building products, today announced the appointment of Claude Brown Jr. to the role of Chief Operating and Technology Officer to its executive management team.

With over 22 years of experience in the development, commercialization and manufacturing of innovative building materials, Claude will be managing and advancing the operations for all of AXION's product lines including ECOTRAX® composite rail ties and STRUXURE® building material lines, and AXION's subsidiary, AXION Recycled Plastics Inc. Claude will oversee AXION's production engineering, technology development, product commercialization, and innovation partnerships.

"We are very pleased to have Claude join our executive management team given his experience, leadership and results-driven track record," says AXION President and CEO Steve Silverman. "As a strategic and senior executive with extensive expertise in operations and product development, he will also be instrumental in enhancing industry partnerships and international relationships for the advancement of our technologies and the expansion of our applications."

Prior to joining AXION, Claude served as President of Eovations, LLC, a new business venture focused on the development, production and launch of an innovative structural polymer technology which he spun-out of Dow Chemical. Prior to that Claude worked at Dow Chemical as Director of Research and Development for both Dow Solar Solutions and Dow Building Solutions where he established technology and operations strategy for various building products and lead their development and commercialization. In 2003, Claude joined Alcoa's Home Exteriors as Vice President of Technology with responsibilities for materials research, process refinement, product development, regulatory services, production engineering and commercialization management. Prior to that, Claude served as both Vice President of Research and Development and Director of Engineering during his fourteen-year career with CertainTeed Corporation. Claude began his career in TRW's Executive Development program which lead to key assignments in automotive engine production, product development and eventually as the Head of Quality for Norton Company's Advanced Ceramics division.  Claude earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the Ohio State University in 1983 and 1985, respectively.

About AXION International Holdings, Inc.

AXION (OTCQB: AXIH) is a vertically-integrated green technology company, and a leader in transforming waste plastics into structural building materials and value added reprocessed plastic resins. From the railroading industry to the military to global engineering firms, AXION delivers tested, proven and superior green solutions to infrastructure needs around the world. The Company's subsidiary, AXION Recycled Plastics Inc., recycles post-consumer and post-industrial plastics. Using these 100%-recycled consumer and industrial plastics, AXION develops, markets and sells its recycled structural composite products through its ECOTRAX® composite rail tie and STRUXURE® building material lines. www.AXIH.com

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking statements" for purposes of the Securities and Exchange Commission's "safe harbor" provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Rule 3b-6 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause AXION's actual results to differ materially from those currently anticipated, including the availability of materials at favorable pricing, sufficient manufacturing capability and the risk factors identified in AXION's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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SOURCE AXION International Holdings, Inc.



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