Alliance Rubber Company Recognized as HUB Supplier of the Year

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Alliance Rubber Company is recognized as a Historically Underutilized Business; Awarded 2010 Hub
Supplier of the Year at the Office Depot Vendor Partner Meeting

HOT SPRINGS, AR., November 23, 2010 – Alliance Rubber Company, a leading global supplier of rubber bands,
office and packaging supplies, has been recognized by Office Depot, a leading global provider of office products and
services, as the "Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Supplier of the Year.” Alliance was selected from over
25 other HUB companies. The criteria for this award included: sales and gross margin growth, on time delivery
complete, competitiveness, proactively working with merchant buyer and HUB team, acting as an innovator not an
imitator, introducing new products, and most importantly "MAINTAINING POSITIVE CAN-DO ATTITUDE."

A HUB business is a business that has not historically had equal opportunities. These businesses include certified
minority, women, disabled, veteran, and small [SBA 8(a), SDB and HUB Zone] enterprises. "This honor is especially
exciting for Alliance as it marks our company's commitment to diversity," said Bonnie Swayze, President of Alliance
Rubber Company. "Inclusion is one of our company's core values and we are proud to have been celebrated by
Office Depot."

About Office Depot

Every day, Office Depot is Taking Care of Business for millions of customers around the globe. For the local corner
store as well as Fortune 500 companies, Office Depot provides products and services to its customers through 1,600
worldwide retail stores, a dedicated sales force, top-rated catalogs and a $4.1 billion e-commerce operation. Office
Depot has annual sales of approximately $12.1 billion, and employs about 41,000 associates around the world. The
Company provides more office products and services to more customers in more countries than any other company,
and currently sells to customers directly or through affiliates in 53 countries.

Office Depot’s common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ODP and is included in the
S&P 500 Index. Additional press information can be found at:

About Alliance Rubber Company

Since 1923, Alliance Rubber Company has been dedicated to Holding Your World Together. The company has grown
into a global leader with over 2,100 skus of mailing, shipping, office and packaging products. Under the current
leadership of Bonnie Swayze, president, Alliance continues its long history of innovation. Pioneering the women’s
entrance into the boardroom, Bonnie was the first female board member of the Wholesale Stationers Association,
and has served on the WBENC board and other HUB organizations.


SOURCE: Alliance Rubber Company

Jason Risner
Marketing Manager
Alliance Rubber
501 262 8162