updated 12/21/2010 11:46:40 AM ET 2010-12-21T16:46:40

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 21, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Worldwide industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) announced today the retirement at the end of this month of Vice Chairman and Board member Geoffrey D. H. Butler.

Mr. Butler has served Harsco throughout nearly two decades of strategic expansion and business growth, joining the Company in 1993 through the acquisition of MultiServ International, N.V. and later becoming Group CEO of both the Harsco Metals and Harsco Infrastructure businesses and President of the Company. He was appointed to Harsco's Board of Directors in January 2002. Since July 2010, Mr. Butler has served as a Vice Chairman of the Company, providing mentorship support to Harsco's operations leadership in transition to his stated plans for retirement, which Mr. Butler has advanced from the previously-announced date of June 2011.

"The Board of Directors expresses their thanks and appreciation to Geoff Butler for his contribution in helping to construct the solid foundation that has permitted Harsco to become a more global and able company through his integrity, loyalty, dedication, hard work and leadership. We wish him and his family well in his retirement."

Harsco Corporation is one of the world's leading diversified industrial services and engineered products companies, serving key industries that play a fundamental role in worldwide economic growth. Harsco's common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index. Additional information can be found at  www.harsco.com

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CONTACT:  Harsco Corporation
          Investor Contact
          Eugene M. Truett
            717.975.5677
            etruett@harsco.com
          Media Contact
          Kenneth D. Julian
            717.730.3683
            kjulian@harsco.com

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