Astro-Med, Inc. Elects Dr. Hermann Viets Chairman of the Astro-Med Board of Directors

May 21, 2012

WEST WARWICK, RI, May 21, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --Astro-Med, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALOT) announced that Hermann Viets, Ph.D. was elected Chairman of its Board of Directors at the Company's Annual Meeting on May 15, 2012. Dr. Viets has been a member of the Astro-Med, Inc. Board of Directors for 24 years.

Dr. Viets is the President of the Milwaukee School of Engineering, having served in that capacity since 1991. Under his leadership, the Milwaukee School of Engineering established the Rader School of Business and Nursing. He previously held the positions of Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Rhode Island and Associate Dean for Research at West Virginia University. Dr. Viets holds a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from Polytechnic University in New York City.

"We are fortunate to have Hermann's leadership as Chairman of the Board. Astro-Med is strengthened both by his discipline as an engineer and by his years of organizational stewardship as President of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. His 24 years as a Board member will provide continuity from Astro-Med's past to its future," said Everett Pizzuti, President and CEO.

Dr. Viets succeeds Jacques V. Hopkins, Esq., the immediate past Chairman of the Board. Mr. Hopkins retired from the Board after 43 years of service.

"Jacques' leadership after the passing of our founder, Albert W. Ondis, last year and his contributions over the many years of his service as a Board member are greatly appreciated and will be long remembered. He will be missed," said Pizzuti.

About Astro-Med, Inc. Astro-Med, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of specialty high tech printing systems, electronic medical instrumentation, and test and measurement data acquisition systems. Astro-Med, Inc. products are sold under the brand names Astro-Med(R), Grass(R) Technologies, and QuickLabel(R) Systems, and are employed around the world in a wide range of aerospace, medical, military, industrial, and packaging applications. Astro-Med, Inc. is a member of the Russell Microcap(R) Index. Additional information is available by visiting

Safe Harbor Statement This news release contains forward-looking statements, and actual results may vary from those expressed or implied herein. Factors that could affect these results include those mentioned in Astro-Med's FY2012 Annual Report and its annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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