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Kemah, Texas Ė March 28, 2005 American International Industries, Inc. (OTCBB: AMIN) today announced that it has signed a non-binding agreement to acquire a 51% equity interest in a refinery from International TransOil Corporation, Houston, TX, in exchange for cash and a $6,000,000 revolving credit facility.

The refinery is located is located on 57 acres near Nixon, Texas. It was built to provide military jet fuel to the US military and reached its maximum output of 18,000 bbl/d during the Gulf War in 1991. The refinery has 130,000 bbls of crude oil storage capacity and 260,000 bbls of refined product storage capacity.

A national pipeline is nearby for facilitate the refineryís trade and transport of refined product and because the refinery is near San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi, there are substantial low-sulphur crude available from local Texas sources.

The cash and credit line provided by AMIN will be used to upgrade and improve the refinery and will result in increased refinery capacity. Following the upgrade and improvement it is expected that the refinery will commence production at approximately 10,000 bbls per day. AMIN estimates annual revenues of approximately $150,000,000 from the refinery commencing in 2006 based upon current market prices..

The refinery was built in the early 1980ís and it has been represented to AMIN that the refinery compliesd with all EPA and OSHA laws and regulations and has had an impeccable environmental track record. Most recently, a phase one and phase two environmental site assessments have been completed. AMIN is conducting due diligence as a condition to closing.

American International Industries, Inc. believes that with this acquisition, it is well-positioned to participate in the increasing demand for refinery capacity. We expect that due to current and future supply and demand factors in the refinery market, that this acquisition will significantly increase AMINís revenues and net income in 2006. It is AMINís plan to make additional acquisitions of refineries and of other companies in the energy sector.

AMIN is a diversified corporation with interests in industrial companies, oil and gas service companies, and interests in real estate principally in the Houston area. AMINís business strategy is to acquire controlling equity interests in undervalued companies in which it takes an active role to improve their growth potential by providing its subsidiaries with access to capital, levering synergies and its management expertise.

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