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AbilityOne acquires Smith & Nephew PLC's rehabilitation Business

AbilityOne Expands With Purchase Of Smith & Nephew Rehabilitation

Bolingbrook, IL - March 27th, 2002

AbilityOne Corporation announced today the acquisition of Smith & Nephew Rehabilitation, a division of U.K. based Smith & Nephew. Effective immediately, this division will return to its original and highly recognized name - Rolyan.

Chris O'Donnell, Chief Executive of Smith & Nephew, said “We believe substantial value can be created by the enlarged AbilityOne and will retain a 21.5% interest in it. The combined business will be a market leader, able to offer a strong portfolio of products and considerable distribution strength."

"Our combined organization offers a sustainable growth platform for the manufacturers whose products we distribute, as well as for our own proprietary brands,” said Howie Schwartz, Chief Executive of AbilityOne Corporation. "Most importantly, this broad range of products will provide substantial value to our customers."

AbilityOne is headquartered in Bolingbrook, IL, and has facilities in Germantown, WI.; Kirkby, U.K.; Tournes, France; Galesburg, MI.; Columbia, SC and Dolgeville, N.Y.