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Markel Announces Acquisition of Havco

RICHMOND, Va., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) announced today that its subsidiary, Markel Ventures, has acquired a majority interest in Havco WP LLC ( ("Havco"), a privately held company headquartered in Cape Girardeau, MO. Havco is a leading manufacturer of laminated oak and composite wood flooring that is utilized in the assembly of truck trailers, intermodal containers, and truck bodies.

Bruce Bader, President and CEO of Havco, stated, "Our new partnership with Markel is an important next step for Havco, our customers, and our employees. With their support, we will have a permanent foundation upon which we can continue to be the premier provider of wood and composite flooring to the transportation industry."

Thomas S. Gayner, President of Markel Ventures, added, "Havco is a wonderful addition and a great fit for Markel Ventures. They have an outstanding management team and a long history of providing top quality, high durability flooring for tractor trailers. We have given them a home where they can continue to do so."

Markel Ventures, Inc. ( is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Markel Corporation, a diverse financial holding company serving a variety of niche markets. Markel's principal business markets and underwrites specialty insurance products. Markel Ventures makes strategic and generally controlling investments in businesses that operate outside of the specialty insurance marketplace. The primary goal of Markel Ventures is to positively contribute to the long-term financial performance of Markel Corporation through the value creating operating activities of its subsidiaries.

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