updated 12/15/2010 8:16:32 AM ET 2010-12-15T13:16:32

HOUSTON and KEMAH, Texas, Dec. 15, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American International Industries, Inc. (OTCBB:AMIN) (OTCQB:AMIN) ("American" or the "Company") today disclosed ongoing discussions with potential purchasers of its strategically located 287 acre property, with 6,600 linear feet of water frontage on Galveston Bay / Dickinson Bayou in Galveston County, Texas. The Company received from its commercial real estate agent, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), a list of potential developers and users interested in purchasing the property. The Company further announced that, in the event that a sale of the property does not materialize, then the Company will consider auctioning off the property. CBRE has a listing to sell the property for $25,000,000. The property has been carried on the books of the Company at its cost basis of $225,000. The Company has approximately $15,500,000 tax loss carried forward and, in the event of a sale of the property, most of the consideration may be realized as a nontaxable event. The property was acquired approximately 13 years ago from a related party and the Company feels that a sale of the property at this time will be beneficial to all shareholders. 

In addition, the Company continues to list for sale its 174 acres in Waller County, Texas for $3,500,000, its 34 acres on Airport Boulevard in Houston, Texas for $2,500,000 and its 36 acres on Interstate 59 in Houston, Texas, for $9,100,000.  Management believes that these properties should be sold in 2011-2012, which will substantially increase the Company's cash and working capital positions.

Mr. Daniel Dror, Chairman and CEO of American International Industries, Inc., stated, "As we begin to be more aggressive with our efforts to sell our real estate holdings, which have a combined asking price of approximately $40,000,000, we firmly believe that the value of the Company's stock is greatly undervalued. In combination with last week's sale of Shumate Energy Technologies, Inc., through which American realized a gain of $2,500,000, (or approximately $0.25 per share), and the anticipated launch of Brenham Oil & Gas Corp. ("BOG"), we expect that these latest events and our future planning will benefit all shareholders."

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American International Industries, Inc. is a diversified holding company, with a business model similar to General Electric, Tyco International, and Berkshire Hathaway. The Company has holdings in Industry, Finance and Oil & Gas, and has a significant Real Estate portfolio, all in Houston, TX and its surrounding areas. The vision of the Company is to further develop holdings in its core industries and plans to expand its interests in the energy sector through acquisition of existing companies, applying the financial resources and management expertise to foster the growth and profitability of the acquired businesses. The holding company serves as a financial and professional partner to the management of the subsidiaries. The role of the holding company is to improve each subsidiary's access to capital, achieve economies of scale by consolidating administrative functions, and utilize the financial and management expertise of corporate personnel across all units. The Company is continuing to work with management of the subsidiary companies to improve revenues, operations and profitability.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management's view of the Company's future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). In particular, when used in the preceding discussion, the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "plans," "anticipates," or "may," and similar conditional expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Act, and are subject to the safe harbor created by the Act. Any statements made in this news release other than those of historical fact, about an action, event or development, are forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those that we may anticipate in each of our segments reflected by our subsidiaries' operations include, among others:, continued value of our real estate portfolio; the strength of the real estate market in Houston, Texas as a whole; the ability to expand its interests in the energy sector; increased levels of competition; the dependence upon financing, the rules of regulatory authorities and risks associated with any potential acquisitions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the results of the Company, its divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on the Company's future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. The Company cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements after the date of this release, except as required by law, and also takes no obligation to update or correct information prepared by third parties that are not paid for by the Company.

CONTACT: American International Industries, Inc.
         Investor Relations:
         Rebekah Ruthstrom
         281-334-9479
         amin@americanii.com

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