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Matthews International Announces New Director

October 30, 2009

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Matthews International Announces New Director

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Corporation (Nasdaq: MATW) announced that Alvaro Garcia-Tunon was elected to

the Company’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Garcia-Tunon is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and

Secretary for Wabtec Corporation (“Wabtec”), a provider of products and

services for the global rail industry, a position he has held since 2003. Mr.

Garcia-Tunon was Senior Vice President, Finance of Wabtec from 1999 until

2003. Prior thereto, he was Vice President and Treasurer of Wabtec. Mr.

Garcia-Tunon is a board member of the Pittsburgh Civic Light Orchestra and

Senator John Heinz History Center. Mr. Garcia-Tunon graduated from the

College of William and Mary with a Juris Doctor degree and is a graduate of

the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce and

Accounting.

Matthews International Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,

is a designer, manufacturer and marketer principally of memorialization

products and brand solutions. Memorialization products consist primarily of

bronze memorials and other memorialization products, caskets and cremation

equipment for the cemetery and funeral home industries. Brand solutions

include graphics imaging products and services, marking products, and

merchandising solutions. The Company’s products and services include cast

bronze memorials and other memorialization products; caskets; cast and etched

architectural products; cremation equipment and cremation-related products;

mausoleums; brand management; printing plates and cylinders, pre-press

services and imaging services for the primary packaging and corrugated

industries; marking and coding equipment and consumables, and industrial

automation products for identifying, tracking and conveying various consumer

and industrial products, components and packaging containers; and

merchandising display systems and marketing and design services.

SOURCE: Matthews International Corporation