Barrett Business Services, Inc. Announces Pending Merger With Western Industrial Management, Inc. and Acquisition of Bolt Staffing Service, Inc.

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PORTLAND, Ore., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Barrett Business Services, Inc.

(Nasdaq: BBSI) announced today that it has reached an agreement in principle

to acquire Western Industrial Management, Inc. pursuant to a stock-for-stock

merger. The transaction will be accounted for as a pooling of interests.

The transaction is valued at approximately $11.1 million and provides that

Barrett will issue approximately 975,000 shares of common stock in exchange

for all the stock of Western. The acquisition is expected to close on June 1,


Western, a privately-held staffing services company headquartered in San

Bernadino, California, operates six branch offices in Southern California.

Western's revenues for the year ended December 31, 1997 were approximately

$24.5 million.

William W. Sherertz, Barrett's President and Chief Executive Officer,

commented that, "We are very pleased with this opportunity, which is expected

to be accretive to earnings subsequent to the closing. Western's very strong

and capable management team has built an excellent company. The culture of

our two companies is very similar and their management team will continue with

Barrett. Keith Rentschler, Western's President, will become an Area Vice

President with Barrett and will provide managerial oversight over our entire

Southern California zone."

Barrett also announced that it acquired certain assets of BOLT Staffing

Service, Inc. effective April 13, 1998 for $675,000 in cash.

BOLT Staffing Service, Inc., located in Pocatello, Idaho, had revenues for

the year ended December 31, 1997 of approximately $2.4 million.

Barrett Business Services, Inc. is a human resource management company

with offices in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Arizona, Michigan,

Maryland and Delaware. For 1997, Barrett reported revenues of $281.0 million

and net income of $3.8 million.
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CONTACT: William W. Sherertz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barrett Business Services, Inc., 503-220-0988