AMCOL International Corporation Deploys Global Microsoft® SharePoint™-based Environment, Health and Safety Management Information System from KMI

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AMCOL International Corporation is deploying a global Environment, Health and Safety Management Information System (EMIS) based on integrated Microsoft® SharePoint™, SQL and .NET technology. The system includes Incident Tracking, Compliance Management and Corrective/Preventive Actions Tracking and will be expanded in 2006 to include Training and Audit Management. The system is being implemented by Knowledge Management Innovations, LLC (KMI).

As part of an ongoing commitment to proactive environment, health and safety (EHS) management, AMCOL International Corporation (AMCOL) is deploying a Microsoft SharePoint based EHS Management Information System (EMIS) across its 30 US facilities and 15 international facilities. The system is being rolled out in a phased project which includes Incident Management, Compliance Management and Corrective/Preventive Action Tracking at all North American facilities by fourth quarter of 2005. International facilities in Europe and Asia will be rolled out by the end of the year. Training Tracking, Audit and Industrial Hygiene components are scheduled for implementation in 2006.

The fully web-based system is being implemented by Knowledge Management Innovations, LLC (KMI) and utilizes integrated Microsoft technology including SharePoint, SQL Server and ASP.NET. According to Kelvin Roth, AMCOL Corporate Manager of EHS, “We selected SharePoint as the platform for our EMIS based on its flexibility, scalability and cost. We selected KMI for the implementation based on their extensive experience and unique tools for transforming SharePoint into a highly functional, industry leading EMIS. They helped us effectively meet the different requirements of EHS, IT and business. Our system has been fully supported by all three groups and other business units are adopting parts of the system for their own, non-EHS use.”

The Microsoft SharePoint Services license is included with the Windows Server 2003 license. SharePoint® enables companies to deploy an intelligent IT infrastructure that seamlessly connects users, teams, and knowledge so that employees can take advantage of relevant information across business processes to help them work more efficiently. SharePoint enables flexible access to data through user controlled sorting, filtering and graphing capabilities. The comprehensive EMIS focuses on proactive safety and regulatory compliance management through performance measurement and analysis, the analysis of trends and repeat incidents, and by making best practices and lessons learned fluid across all global locations.

About AMCOL
With global operations in North America, Europe and Asia, AMCOL International Corp. produces and markets specialty mineral products used for industrial, environmental and consumer-related applications. The company operates in three industry segments, minerals, environmental and transportation. AMCOL's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "ACO." The Company's website is http://www.amcol.com

About KMI
Knowledge Management Innovations (KMI) provides industry-leading software and implementation services for Environment, Health and Safety Management Information Systems (EMIS). KMI helps companies significantly increase the effectiveness and efficiency with which they control environmental impact, comply with regulatory requirements, increase worker safety, and reduce corporate risk.

Contact:
Matt Airhart
Director of Business Development
Knowledge Management Innovations, LLC
(866) 919-7922
mairhart(at)kminnovations(dot)com
http://www.kminnovations.com

Jennifer Melsheimer
Investor Relations Manager
AMCOL International Corporation
(847) 394-8730
http://www.amcol.com

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