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Kemah, Texas – August 19, 2002 American International Industries, Inc. (OTCBB: AMIN) reports consolidated net income of $4,994,652 for the three-month period ended June 30, 2002 which compares to net income of $4,338 for the comparable period of the prior year. For the six months ended June 30,the current year earnings of $4,870,630 compare to $1,499,326 earned last year. During the current quarter, the Company's Real Estate Division completed the sale of several properties in a single transaction valued at $6 million and resulting in gross profit of $5,439,376. The net income for the comparable period ending June 30, 2001 was primarily attributable to the gain on sale of our subsidiary, Har-Whit/Pitt’s & Spitt’s. Please refer to our Form 10-QSB, filed August 19, 2002 for more information.

John W. Stump, III, Chief Financial Officer, explained that "on June 19, the stockholders approved the one for one-hundred reverse re-capitalization of our Common stock, thus we now have only 1,551,325 shares outstanding. The new symbol AMIN replaces our EDII symbol with the effective date of the reverse."

American International Industries, Inc. is a holding company. The Company has holdings in Industry, Finance, Real Estate in Houston Texas and surrounding areas, and Oil & Gas. The vision of the Company is to develop holdings in various industries through acquisition of existing companies, applying the financial resources and management expertise to foster the growth and profitability of the acquired businesses. The holding company serves as a financial and professional partner to the management of the subsidiaries. The role of the holding company is to improve each subsidiary’s access to capital, achieve economies of scale by consolidating administrative functions, and utilize the financial and management expertise of corporate personnel across all units. The Company is continuing to work with management of the subsidiary companies to improve revenues, operations and profitability.

Investor Relations: Rebekah Ruthstrom Tel: 281-334-9479 email:

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