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                                 LEASE CONTRACT


B - 3793 TEUVEN

represented by Mr. H. Levaux, Financial Director,

hereinafter "the lessor"



represented by Mr. Lindsley D. Medlin, Jr., Managing Director,

hereinafter "the lessee"


S.A. WEERTS is owner of industrial land located at B- 4460 Grace-Hollogne
(Bierset), entered in the land register under section A, 2nd division, numbers
151a, 153, 150g, 137d, 136c, with a surface area of approximately 2.5 hectares.

On part of the above-mentioned land, an industrial building will be erected in
accordance with the annexed building plans and technical description.

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The lessor guarantees to the lessee that the rented premises will be delivered
in accordance with the urban development regulations that are imposed by the
authorities concerned.



The lessor hereby agrees to lease to the lessee, who accepts, an industrial
property, situated Cargo Village Industrial Estate, at 4460 Grace-Hollogne
(Bierset). The property comprises 13,732 sq.m. of warehouse space and 75 parking
spaces, as outlined in red on the annexed plans, duly initialed by both parties.
This building will be constructed in accordance with the building plans, that
make up part of this agreement.


The lessee shall be entitled to use the property as a distribution center. All
possible associated uses in connection with the running of a distribution center
will be admitted.

By express agreement, the utilisation of the leased premises shall be of the
essence in the lease.

It is expressly stipulated that the premises may not in any circumstances be
used for a business or activity governed by the Commercial Leases Act of 30th
April 1951.


This agreement is for a term of nine years, taking effect from 25th July 1999,
expiring lawfully at midnight on 24th July 2008, to be extended, if applicable,
by a period corresponding to the period of late delivery of the space.

The Lessee shall however be entitled to terminate this contract ahead of term at
the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth anniversary of the lease, subject to prior
notice of six months served on the Lessor by registered letter.

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At the end of the lease, the continuation of occupation of the premises shall
never be considered as a tacit renewal.

The Lessor agrees to make the building accessible to contractors working for the
Lessee as from 25th June 1999 without rent to be due from the Lessee.


The lease is hereby granted and accepted for the basic annual rent of BEF
14,830,560 (fourteen million, eight hundred thirty thousand, five hundred sixty
Belgian Francs).

The rent is payable monthly in advance on the first day of each month in Belgian
Francs, by payment to the lessor's account, account number 197-2583002-23, or by
any other way the lessor should indicate to the lessee, during the lease.

The rent, due for the period between the start of the lease and the next monthly
quarter day, forms the first period and is calculated prorata temporis.

The rent due for the period preceding the expiration of the lease will be
reduced, if needed, prorata temporis.

The first rent is payable and will be paid the day of the start of the lease.


The parties hereto expressly agree that the above mentioned rent shall be tied
to fluctuations in the health index as published monthly in the "Moniteur Belge"
(Belgian Official Gazette).

The rent shall be adjusted once per year on the anniversary of the effective
date of this lease, subject to written notice by the Lessor.

The adjustments of the rent are calculated by application of the following
formula :

New rent : base rent x new index
           initial index

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The parties hereto agree that:

- the base rent is the one mentioned in Article 4;

- the new index shall be the health index for the month preceding the adjustment
  of the rent;

- the initial index shall be the health index of the month preceding the signing
  of the lease.

Should the health index not be published in the "Moniteur Belge", the parties
hereto shall refer to the new instrument for measurement of the cost of living
instituted to replace the consumer price index.

In the absence of such system, the parties hereto shall refer to the evolution
of the increases in the cost of living.


All amounts due by the lessee by virtue of the present lease, will bear interest
as from the tenth day after the date when they fall due, subject to prior
notification by the Lessor.

Concerning this, the payment order of the bank will be determinant.

The interest will be calculated on the basis of the interest rate of the Belgian
National Bank at that time, increased by 2%.


The lessee may assign this lease or sublet all or part of the premises without
the prior consent of the lessor, subject to the condition that the assignee or
sublessee is of a financial standing similar or superior to the current lessee.


All present or future taxes, levies and contributions of any kind whatsoever
payable to the State, to the local or regional authority or group of authorities
or to any other

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authority in respect of the leased property, including withholding tax on
property or other real estate taxes on property, shall be payable jointly and
equally by each party.

Taxes levied on the Lessee's activity on occupation of the leased premises,
including Value Added Tax, shall be payable by the Lessee.

The lessor will do everything possible to obtain an exemption from property


The subscriptions to the water-, gas- and electricity companies, the connection
costs and the lease of the counters and material are due by the lessee, as well
as the consumption.


All insurance pertaining to the property and the operation thereof shall be
taken out by the lessor to cover all risks, including the neighbours claims.

The lessee shall take out insurance at his own expense to cover his liability.

The lessee shall also take out an insurance at his own risk to cover all movable
goods, including the partitioning, at least against fire, explosion and water


The lessee shall have the right to install fixtures that need to be used to
conduct business ; if installed by the lessee, these fixtures will be removed by
the lessee upon termination of the lease and will not become the property of the
lessor. The lessee shall repair and restore any damage or injury to the premises
to the condition in which the demised premises existed prior to such


An ingoing schedule of condition will be drawn up no later than the first of the
following dates : either at the date of start of the lease or the date of
effective occupation of the leased premises by the lessee.

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This description will be drawn up by the expert agreed by both parties or the
experts designated by each party or, if not, by the judge of the "Justice de
Paix" court of the area where the building is located, at the request of the
most diligent party.

The fees will be paid half by each party. This report will form part of the
present contract.

At the end of the lease, the lessee will reinstate the premises as they were
received according to the ingoing schedule of condition, except for what has
perished or been degraded by normal wear and tear.

An outgoing schedule of condition will be drawn up at the latest by the last day
of the lease, after that the lessee has completely vacated the premises.

This schedule will be drawn up by the expert agreed by both parties or the
experts designated by each party, at the latest 15 days before the end of the
lease, or, if not, by the judge of the "Justice de Paix" court of the area where
the building is located, at the request of the most diligent party.

The expert(s) will establish the amount of the degradation compensation. Such
degradation compensation includes a compensation for non-availability of the
leased premises resulting from necessary reparations of the leased premises in
order to bring them back in their original state as determined in the ingoing
schedule of condition, save for normal wear and tear. The compensation for the
non-availability of the leased premises is determined by reference to the rent
payable at then end of the lease.

The reports of the expert(s) chosen by the parties or by the judge will bind
both parties, without any possible recourse.


The lessee engages himself to occupy the premises as a good house keeper and not
exercise an activity prejudicial to the quiet and calm enjoyment of the
neighbours, according to the destination of the premises, and to the reputation
of the building.

The maximum loading capacity of the floor is 5.000 kg/sq.m. for the warehouse
zones and 300 kg/m(2) for the office zones, partitioning included.

It is forbidden for the lessee to organize public sales in the building, for any

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After the ingoing schedule of condition, the lessee can proceed with the
installation of telephone, radio, television, and other technical machines
inside the leased premises without the prior approval of the lessor. The
installation and the use of these machines are under the responsibility of the
lessee and paid by him.

The lessee declares that his activity is not an unhealthy or dangerous activity
and that he is owner of all the permissions to carry them out.

The lessee's use of tractor trailers, forklifts, conveyors and other equipment
normally used by the lessee shall not be deemed to violate the lease.


Parties refer to articles 1720 and 1754 till 1756 of the Belgian Civil Code, in
order to govern the issue of maintenance and repairs.

The lessee hereby undertakes to occupy the leased premises in a reasonable
manner and to maintain them in a reasonable state of repair.

The lessee will among others be responsible for the maintenance of the gardens,
the green areas and the driveways.

At his expense, the lessor will among others be responsible to maintain in good
condition and repair the roof, foundation (below floor slab), and structural
frame of the building.

The lessor is responsible for the maintenance and surveillance of the materials
for fire safety.

The lessor will carry out, as quickly as possible, all repair work or
improvements which may become necessary during the period of the lease, so as to
cause minimum disturbance to the lessee.

The lessor shall maintain at its sole cost and expense the plumbing, electrical
utilities and sewer outside the outside walls of the premises, from said walls
to the point that such lines are maintained by governmental entities or the
provider of such utility.

The lessee must permit access to the leased premises to the lessor or his
representatives, architects, contractors, workmen or any other person designated
by the lessor, in order to verify the state of the leased premises and the
building in general, the respect of the

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articles of this lease and to proceed to the necessary inspections and repairs,
by means of a notice of 48 hours, except in an emergency.


For the last six months before the expiry of the lease term, the lessee shall be
bound to allow bills announcing the sale or rental to be posted (insofar as they
do not adversely affect the normal utilization of the leased premises). Visits
to the leased premises by prospective buyers will be subject to the prior
approval of the lessee (to be able to control access by any of the lessee's
competitors). The prospective buyers must be accompanied by a representative of
the lessor, and no visits shall be allowed outside the opening hours of the


The lessee hereby declares that he elects domicile in the leased premises. This
election of domicile shall remain effective after expiry of the lease, unless
the lessee informs the lessor by registered letter of a new elected domicile.


All such costs and fees of any kind whatsoever as might arise out of the
execution of this contract, the registration fees, stamp costs and fines in the
event of late registration or failure to register, shall be payable by the

All charges not quantified herein are evaluated for taxation purposes at 10% of
the rent.


All notifications done by registered letter in execution of the present contract
are supposed to be done at the date of presentation of the registered letter to
the post office, the date of the receipt serving as a proof.

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External signage can be placed by the lessee without prior and written agreement
of the lessor.

At the end of the lease, the lessee is obliged to dismantle the advertising and
to put back the premises in their original state.


All disputes arising out this contract, its interpretation, its execution, its
avoidance or its resolution are subject to the jurisdiction of the "Justice de
Paix" court of the area in which the leased premises are located.

In the event a judgement is delivered against the lessor and in favour of the
lessee, and provided that such judgement is no longer subject to appeal, nor
opposition, the lessee will be entitled to reduce the rent due to the lessor to
the extent that the above judgement found in favour of the lessee.


-  The lessor warrants to be and to remain during the entire course of this
   agreement, the owner of the land located at B-4460 Grace-Hollogne (Bierset),
   entered in the land register under section A, 2nd division, numbers 151a,
   153, 150g, 137d, 136c, with a total surface area of  approx. 2.5 hectares
   (see attachement).

   On part of the above land, an industrial building will be erected , which
   will entirely belong to, and will remain to belong to, the lessor during the
   entire course of this agreement. The lessor will therefore, among others,
   refrain from selling, trading or contributing in kind the above land. The
   building will be erected in accordance with the annexed plans and technical

   The lessor guarantees to the lessee that the rented premises will be
   delivered in accordance with the urban development regulations that are
   imposed by the authorities concerned.

-  Construction works shall be performed at the expense of, and under the sole
   responsibility of, the lessor. The lessor will obtain the administrative
   consents required and will comply with any regulations. The lessor will
   guarantee the lessee

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   against all and any redress of third parties, due to these works.

-  Without prejudice to the lessee to claim additional damages, a liquidated
   damages penalty for non-performance amounting to $ 20,000- US per calendar
   day will be due by the Lessor if the building is not completed within the
   projected time frame of four months after the signing of the lease.

-  The Lessor grants to the lessee an option to lease an additional and similar
   warehouse, that the lessor would be obliged to construct as an attachment to
   the initial building. This option expires one year from the occupation of the
   initial building and to exercise this option, notice must be given by
   registered mail to the Lessor.

   In the event that the option is exercised, the additional building will be
   let on the following conditions :

         - the basic rent will be the rent which is mentioned in Article 4;

         - the additional warehouse will be similar to the initial warehouse and
           will be equipped with 25 loading docks and 1 loading door;

         - the additional building will be delivered within 1 month of the
           exercising of the option or at a later date if specified by the

         - the other stipulations of this lease will also be applicable to the
           letting of the additional building;

  The land required for the additional building is optioned by the Lessor.

- The points outstanding will be agreed between the parties in due course.

- A French version of this contract will be drawn up for registration purposes
  within two weeks of the signing of this document.

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Executed at Maastricht, on 25th March 1999, in duplicate.

Each of the parties hereto acknowledges that he is in possession of his copy.

THE LESSOR                                               THE LESSEE