VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - Northwest Pipe Company (NASDAQ: NWPX), an industry leader of engineered welded steel pipe and tube products, recently announced the appointment of Les Boswell as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for the Tubular Products Group. Based in Houston, Texas, Les has the responsibility of leading the Tubular Products Group sales and marketing efforts, specifically overseeing all tubular sales activities in the U.S. and Canada.

"Les brings insight and valuable industry experience to Northwest Pipe Company's Tubular Products Group and his proven sales leadership will assist with strengthening our position in the industry and expanding the Tubular Products Group's market share in energy pipe," said Bob Mahoney, President, Northwest Pipe Company's Tubular Products Group.

Les is a well seasoned sales executive with extensive experience in the welded pipe and OCTG industries. He most recently served as Executive Vice President of Sabine Pipe, a Texas-based pipe distributor where he was responsible for operations and sales activities. Prior to joining Sabine, Les spent 28 years with Lone Star Steel serving in various roles of responsibility including Vice President, OCTG sales. Upon the acquisition of Lone Star by U.S. Steel, Les served as Manager OCTG Marketing until his departure in 2008. Les has been active in various industry and professional associations including IPAA, TIPRO and NOIA.

About Northwest Pipe Company's Tubular Products Group
Headquartered in Vancouver, Washington, Northwest Pipe Company's Tubular Products Group operates three ERW (Electric Resistance Weld) mill facilities in the United States. Tubular's products serve a wide-range of applications including: energy, oil and gas, structural, industrial, fire protection, low pressure and agricultural.

About Northwest Pipe Company
Northwest Pipe Company is comprised of two business groups. Its Water Transmission Group is the leading supplier of large diameter, high-pressure steel pipe products used primarily for water transportation infrastructure. Its Tubular Products Group manufactures smaller diameter steel pipe for many applications including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, traffic and other commercial and industrial uses. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington and has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico.

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Yvonne Green
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