Bacou USA's Barry Kadets Is Chosen as One of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2001

Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Bacou USA, Inc.

    SMITHFIELD, R.I., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Bacou USA, Inc. (NYSE:   BAU)
 today announced today that Barry J. Kadets, Chief Information Officer, Vice
 President - Information Systems, has been selected by Computerworld as one of
 the "Premier 100" IT Leaders for 2001.
     The Computerworld award recognizes Information Technology (IT) leaders
 that "closely match Computerworld's IT Leader Index".  The index is a set of
 characteristics that top technology and business executives have identified as
 the essential attributes of an IT Leader.  Computerworld's definition of an IT
 leader is "an individual who guides the effective use of information
 technology to improve his or her company's business performance".
     Phil Barr, President and CEO of Bacou USA, stated:  "Bacou USA is proud to
 announce Barry's receipt of this prestigious award.  Since Barry was hired as
 CIO of Bacou USA, Inc. in May 1997, he has continually developed and led the
 Company's technology initiatives and strategies to support our growth,
 including the assimilation of six acquisitions since 1997 and the
 implementation of J.D. Edwards at all of our operating businesses.  Barry is a
 dedicated IT leader who has helped us build a talented Information Systems
 team working on many important projects that will keep Bacou USA at the
 forefront of the safety industry."
     Bacou USA has been included among the 200 best small cap companies in
 America in rankings published by Forbes in 1998, 1999 and 2000.  Only 30
 companies, or 15 percent of those ranked, have made the list for three or more
 consecutive years.
     Bacou USA, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells leading brands of products
 that protect the sight, hearing, respiratory systems and hands of workers, as
 well as related instrumentation including vision screeners, gas monitors and
 test equipment for self-contained breathing apparatus.  The company's
 products, marketed under Uvex(R), Howard Leight(R), Perfect Fit(TM), Whiting +
 Davis(R), Survivair(R), Pro-Tech(R), Biosystems(TM), Titmus(R),
 LaserVision(TM) and Lase-R Shield(TM) brand names, are sold principally to
 industrial safety distributors, fire fighting equipment distributors and
 optical laboratories.  News and information about Bacou USA are available on
 the Worldwide Web at www.bacouusa.com.
 
      Contact:
      At the Company:
      401-233-0333
      Sandra Souto
      Investor Relations
 
 

SOURCE Bacou USA, Inc.
    SMITHFIELD, R.I., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Bacou USA, Inc. (NYSE:   BAU)
 today announced today that Barry J. Kadets, Chief Information Officer, Vice
 President - Information Systems, has been selected by Computerworld as one of
 the "Premier 100" IT Leaders for 2001.
     The Computerworld award recognizes Information Technology (IT) leaders
 that "closely match Computerworld's IT Leader Index".  The index is a set of
 characteristics that top technology and business executives have identified as
 the essential attributes of an IT Leader.  Computerworld's definition of an IT
 leader is "an individual who guides the effective use of information
 technology to improve his or her company's business performance".
     Phil Barr, President and CEO of Bacou USA, stated:  "Bacou USA is proud to
 announce Barry's receipt of this prestigious award.  Since Barry was hired as
 CIO of Bacou USA, Inc. in May 1997, he has continually developed and led the
 Company's technology initiatives and strategies to support our growth,
 including the assimilation of six acquisitions since 1997 and the
 implementation of J.D. Edwards at all of our operating businesses.  Barry is a
 dedicated IT leader who has helped us build a talented Information Systems
 team working on many important projects that will keep Bacou USA at the
 forefront of the safety industry."
     Bacou USA has been included among the 200 best small cap companies in
 America in rankings published by Forbes in 1998, 1999 and 2000.  Only 30
 companies, or 15 percent of those ranked, have made the list for three or more
 consecutive years.
     Bacou USA, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells leading brands of products
 that protect the sight, hearing, respiratory systems and hands of workers, as
 well as related instrumentation including vision screeners, gas monitors and
 test equipment for self-contained breathing apparatus.  The company's
 products, marketed under Uvex(R), Howard Leight(R), Perfect Fit(TM), Whiting +
 Davis(R), Survivair(R), Pro-Tech(R), Biosystems(TM), Titmus(R),
 LaserVision(TM) and Lase-R Shield(TM) brand names, are sold principally to
 industrial safety distributors, fire fighting equipment distributors and
 optical laboratories.  News and information about Bacou USA are available on
 the Worldwide Web at www.bacouusa.com.
 
      Contact:
      At the Company:
      401-233-0333
      Sandra Souto
      Investor Relations
 
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