MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - May 25, 2015) - Gathered in a general assembly this past Friday, the unionized employees of Velan Inc. (TSX:VLN) in Montreal have rejected the Company's final offer. On the other hand, 90% of the unionized employees in Granby have approved the same offer. Further to those results, Velan has decided to lock out its employees in its three plants in Montreal.

"We are surprised and disappointed with the results of the vote in Montreal, since the offer negotiated with the Montreal and Granby unions three days before the vote, is fair and equitable for the employees, the Company, and its stakeholders," says Sabine Bruckert, vice- president, Human Resources.

Thanks to the many years of collaboration and to the employees' historical engagement, Velan has created one of the most highly respected valve brands in the world.

When the negotiations ended, the agreement in principle provided fair and reasonable salary increases (2.5%; 2.5%; 2.5%). Our negotiations also aimed at developing, in collaboration with the Union, the best ways to create sustainable, up-to-date, and agile manufacturing operations in Quebec, in line with Velan's operational excellence strategy. The Company wants to foster cross-training of its employees and the creation of production cells to optimize its operations.

While our negotiations were under way, the Union started to exert pressure tactics such as work slowdowns, extended break periods, disruptions that posed health and safety concerns, and even in some cases permitting on-the-job behaviour that went far beyond reasonable limits. Furthermore, damages to our assets and equipment were noticed during this period. Obviously, such behaviour cannot be tolerated, and keeping our plants operating under these conditions also creates unacceptable risks for the employees and the Company. It is for these reasons that Velan has decided to lock out unionized employees in its Montreal, plants.

"Over the next few days, Velan will focus on its customers and will minimize for them the impact of this decision on their operations. We will also devote our full attention on our employees and our operations. It is in the interest of all parties involved that questions related to operational excellence be resolved in an appropriate and professional manner," says Yves Leduc, President of Velan.

About Velan: Velan Inc. ( is a world-leading manufacturer of industrial valves with sales of U.S. $455.7 million in its last reported fiscal year. The Company employs over 2,000 people and has manufacturing plants in 11 countries. Velan Inc. is a public company with its shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VLN.

Except for historical information provided herein, this press release may contain information and statements of a forward-looking nature concerning the future performance of the Company. These statements are based on suppositions and uncertainties as well as on management's best possible evaluation of future events. Such factors may include, without excluding other considerations, fluctuations in foreign currency conversion rates and general market trends or economic changes. As a result, readers are advised that actual results may differ from expected results.

Yves Leduc, President

Contact Information:

Tom Velan
President du Conseil & CEO
(514) 748-7743
(514) 748-8635 (FAX)

Yves Leduc
(514) 748-7743
(514) 748-8635 (FAX)