IROC Energy Services Corp. announces sale of Oricomm division assets


    CALGARY, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - IROC Energy Services Corp. ("IROC" or the
"Corporation") (TSX: "ISC") announces that it has entered into a definitive
agreement with Firemaster Oilfield Services Inc. ("Firemaster") to dispose of
IROC's Oricomm division assets for $3.64 million. The assets include all air
quality monitoring, safety and communications associated equipment and
inventories currently operated by IROC's Oricomm division at its facility
based out of Red Deer, Alberta. On closing IROC will receive $3 million, with
the balance of $640,000 to be paid on or before the third anniversary of the
closing of the transaction. The transaction is expected to close on February
26, 2009.
    It is anticipated that substantially all of the Oricomm employees will be
offered employment by Firemaster as they look to build upon the Oricomm assets
and business to expand their existing operations.
    This transaction allows IROC to further reduce its outstanding
indebtedness, strengthen its balance sheet and will provide IROC increased
financial flexibility in its ongoing operations.
    Tom Alford, President and CEO, commented that "we are pleased to announce
this transaction as it will allow us to continue to focus our efforts on our
core business operations to provide the greatest potential return for the
benefit of all stakeholders in IROC." Mr. Alford further commented that "while
Oricomm has been a consistent contributor to IROC's bottom line through its
efficient operations, the capital requirements to further grow this relatively
small division within IROC did not align with IROC's overall goals. However,
we firmly believe that Firemaster will take Oricomm's business to the next
level for the benefit of its employees and customers."

    About IROC Energy Services Corp.

    IROC Energy Services Corp. is an Alberta oilfield services company that,
through the IROC Energy Services Partnership, provides a comprehensive and
diverse range of products, services and equipment to the oil and gas industry.
IROC combines cutting-edge technology with depth of experience to deliver a
product and services offering in five core areas: Well Servicing & Equipment,
Downhole Temperature & Pressure Monitoring Tools, Rental Services, Lease
Building, and Safety, Monitoring & Communications Services. For more
information on IROC Energy Services Corp. visit our website at

    Cautionary Statements

    Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute forward
looking statements concerning, among other things, expected revenues, expected
expenses, profits, developments and strategies for IROC's operations all of
which are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. These
forward looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases
such as "anticipate", "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will",
"projected", "should", "believe" and other similar terms and phrases. By its
nature, such forward looking information involves known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to
differ materially from those anticipated in such forward looking statements.
These risks include, but are not limited, to the risks associated with the oil
and gas industry generally, fluctuating prices in crude oil and natural gas,
changes in drilling activity, general global economic, political and business
conditions, weather conditions, regulatory changes and availability of
products, qualified personnel and manufacturing capacity and raw materials. If
any of these uncertainties materialize, or if assumptions are incorrect actual
results may vary materially from those expected. IROC relies on litigation
protection for any forward looking statements.
    This press release is not for dissemination in United States or to any
United States news services. The Common Shares of IROC have not and will not
be registered on the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the
"United States Securities Act") or any state securities laws and are not
offered or sold in the United States or to any US person except in certain
transactions exempt from the registration requirements of the United States
Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

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For further information:

For further information: IROC Energy Services Corp., Mr. Thomas M.
Alford, President and CEO, Telephone: (403) 263-1110, email:

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