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October 14, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AMERICAN VANGUARD Named to Forbes list of america’s 200 Best Small Companies

Newport Beach, CA – October 14, 2008 – American Vanguard Corp. (NYSE:AVD) today announced that it has, been named one of “America's 200 Best Small Companies” by Forbes magazine.  American Vanguard was ranked #136.  The entire list appears in the October 27, 2008 issue of Forbes.  Online access is at: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/23/biz_200smalls08_The-200-Best-Small-Companies_Rank_6.html.

To qualify for the Forbes list, candidates must have sales of between $5 million and $750 million and a stock price of $5 as of Sept. 29. The ranking is based on return on equity, sales growth and profit growth over the past 12 months and also over five years.  Forbes also compared candidates’ stock performance with that of its industry peers.

Eric Wintemute, President and CEO of American Vanguard, stated, “Our Company’s recognition as one of ‘America’s Best 200 Small Companies’, demonstrates the strength of our business in the domestic market and our very successful expansion in international markets.  It is a distinction that makes all of us at American Vanguard very proud.”

About American Vanguard
American Vanguard Corporation is a diversified specialty and agricultural products company that develops and markets products for crop protection and management, turf and ornamentals management and public and animal health. American Vanguard is included on the Russell 2000® and Russell 3000® Indexes.  To learn more about American Vanguard, please reference the Company’s web site at www.american-vanguard.com <http://www.american-vanguard.com/> .

CONTACT:
American Vanguard Corporation
William A. Kuser, Director of Investor Relations
(949) 260-1200 
williamk@amvac-chemical.com <mailto:williamk@amvac-chemical.com>

OR- AVD’S INVESTOR RELATIONS FIRM
The Equity Group Inc.
Lena Cati
(212) 836-9611
www.theequitygroup.com <http://www.theequitygroup.com/>
Lcati@equityny.com
Linda Latman (212) 836-9609
Llatman@equityny.com

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