updated 5/17/2011 8:16:58 AM ET 2011-05-17T12:16:58

HOUSTON and KEMAH, Texas, May 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- American International Industries, Inc. (OTCBB:AMIN) (OTCQB:AMIN) ("American" or the "Company") today announced that the resale registration statement of Brenham Oil & Gas Corp. ("Brenham"), a majority-owned subsidiary, was declared effective by the SEC yesterday at 3:00 P.M. This registration statement registered 10,279,019 shares of Brenham common stock issued to American shareholders as a dividend on July 21, 2010.

Mr. Daniel Dror, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brenham, stated that "with the registration statement being declared effective by the SEC, we are engaging a market maker to submit a FINRA application to initiate the process of having Brenham's shares becoming subject to quotation on the OTCBB. FINRA will designate a stock symbol to shares of Brenham common stock upon approval of the application."

Mr. Scott Gaille, President of Brenham, stated, "Brenham will seek to acquire a portfolio that includes lower risk development and production assets in the United States and higher risk, higher reward international exploration opportunities with an initial focus on Sub-Saharan Africa."

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, Texas and its surrounding areas. The vision of the Company is to further develop holdings in its core industries and it 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: the 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: Investor Relations:
         Rebekah Ruthstrom
         Tel: 281-334-9479
         email: amin@americanii.com

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