updated 6/1/2011 1:46:53 PM ET 2011-06-01T17:46:53

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Worldwide industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) announced today a new strategic alliance that will expand Harsco's access services to the industrial maintenance and infrastructure construction markets in the United States and Canada.

The agreement with the privately-held, Lancaster, PA-based Irex Contracting Group establishes Harsco as a preferred supplier of scaffolding and labor services on industrial and infrastructure sector projects throughout North America. Irex operates a network of affiliated companies providing a broad range of specialized services that include the installation and maintenance of mechanical insulation and environmental services for office, residential and institutional buildings, manufacturing facilities, power plants, process plants, and other heavy industrial installations.

Announcing the agreement, Harsco Executive VP and Infrastructure Group CEO Ivor Harrington said, "This alliance brings to the North American market a new and exciting one-stop capability that leverages our Harsco Infrastructure footprint, technical expertise and asset base in combination with Irex's leadership in specialty contracting services. We share a common vision for being a major player in this sector."

Harsco Infrastructure is a worldwide business group operating in more than 40 countries and specializing in providing highly engineered rental access, forming, shoring and site support equipment and services to a broad range of construction and industrial maintenance applications. The group has been instrumental in the construction of many of the world's great landmarks and major infrastructure projects, including the Burj Khalifa Tower and Dubai International Airport in the UAE, the Terminal 5 expansion at Heathrow Airport in the UK, the Venice flood control project in Italy, and the Hollywood and Vine redevelopment in Los Angeles. Harsco Infrastructure is also a leading provider of access services and equipment to the ongoing industrial plant maintenance needs of major petrochemical, electric utility and manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Harsco Corporation serves major industries that are fundamental to global infrastructure development and 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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