ASFI Scores with Unique Weather-Resistant Structure in Siberian Arctic

    Innovative Fabric-Framed Solution Protects Sports Enthusiasts from Harsh

    CRYSTAL RIVER, FLA., April 19 /CNW/ - American Spaceframe Fabricators
International (ASFI) announced that it has entered into an agreement to build
an indoor soccer facility to be delivered to Norilsk, Russia. The innovative
fabric framed facility will protect soccer aficionados from the extreme arctic
temperatures of northern Russia, enabling residents to pursue their passion

    A gift to the city's residents from Michael Prokhorov, managing director
of Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest producer of palladium, platinum and
nickel, the indoor facility is designed for use by youth, amateur and
professional soccer leagues.

    Scheduled for completion in fall 2008, the 146 meter by 92 meter ASFI
structure is constructed of a durable, flexible fabric cover tightened over a
steel frame. The structure's unique design attributes and dome shape provide
the citizens of Norilsk with a regulation soccer field with a ceiling height
of 23 meters.

    "This structure is really an engineering marvel," said Andrey Fedotov,
counselor to the managing director of Norilsk Nickel. "Its innovative design
has created an ideal venue for soccer and other activities year-round. This is
particularly amazing given the Norilsk climate. From a budget standpoint, we
would never have been able to achieve the same playing field using traditional
construction materials and design."

    ASFI was brought into the Russian project by L.A.R.T. Industrial
Resources. The Montreal-based company was responsible for turnkey management
of the Norilsk Nickel project -- from design to completion.

    "Given its dimensions and the technological engineering necessary to
build the structure, we needed to engage a company that could build a unique
structure," said Raouf Jafiarov, president of L.A.R.T. Industrial Resources
Inc. "My decision to bring ASFI into the project was influenced by the
design's functionality, its flexibility to meet the Russian codes and its
competitive pricing."

    Through the cooperation of ASFI, Russian specialists including Professor
Viatcheslav Faybishenko at the well-known Moscow Research center "Victoria"
and the highly regarded Norilsk Nickel design center the North American design
was adapted to function in Norilsk's extreme cold climate. The structure of
the dome can resist up to 430 kg/m2 snow load and storm wind of 42 meters per

    Unlike any project undertaken by ASFI before, the extreme temperatures
and weather conditions of the region poised several design challenges. With
snow cover up to 270 days a year, permafrost 200 meters deep and winter
temperatures often dropping to 58 degrees below Celsius, ASFI engineers had to
address both the physical and environmental requirements of the project.

    "As we discussed the project with Norilsk Nickel, it was apparent this
project was going to present a number of challenges," said Craig Anderson, CEO
of ASFI. "Because of the flexibility afforded by the construction materials we
use, we're able to design a structure that can withstand the extremes of the
region. Additionally, the lightweight construction will allow us to deploy the
structure in the small window of time when the climate is accommodating."

    About Norilsk Nickel

    Open Joint Stock Company MMC Norilsk Nickel is the world's largest
producer of palladium, platinum and nickel, one of the leading platinum
producers and one of the largest copper producers. The company also produces a
large number of by-products, including metallic cobalt, rhodium, silver, gold,
tellurium, selenium, iridium and ruthenium.

    Norilsk Nickel Group is engaged in prospecting, exploration, mining,
beneficiation and metallurgical processing of minerals, with further
production, marketing and sale of non-ferrous and precious metals.

    In 2003, Norilsk Nickel acquired 55.4 percent stake in Stillwater Mining
Company, the sole producer of platinum group metals on the territory of the
USA. Additionally, in 2007, the company acquired Nickel plants in Finland and
Australia from US-based OM Group. For more information visit

    About L.A.R.T. Industrial Resources Inc.

    International high skilled engineering staff of L.A.R.T. Industrial
Resources based in Montreal (Canada) and Moscow (Russia) provides to its
customers all necessary services to manage big industrial projects in Russia
for more than 12 years. For more information visit

    About ASFI

    Based in Crystal River, Fla. American Spaceframe Fabricators, LLC is a
design, build and engineering firm with more than 30 years experience in the
tensioned fabric structures industry. ASFI's award-winning structures are
located around the globe and provide protection from a myriad of weather
conditions from severe hurricane winds to sub zero temperatures. ASFI's
structures include aerospans, sports facilities, canopies and entertainment
facilities. For more information visit

For further information:

For further information: ASFI Chris Longley, 612-465-0263 or Risdall McKinney Public Relations Melissa Neill,

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