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Storagetek Racks Up Another Recognition As A Finalist For Industryweek Best Plant Award Industry Leading Puerto Rico Manufacturing Plant Recognized For Productivity And Efficiency As One Of Top 25 In North America

June 17, 2004
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LOUISVILLE, Colo., June 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Twenty five seems to be the lucky number for StorageTek's Ponce, Puerto Rico, manufacturing facility. For 25 years now, it has enjoyed incredible success as the company's top producing plant. And shortly after celebrating its 25th anniversary, it continues to enjoy success as one of 25 finalists for IndustryWeek's Best Plant Award.

With this recognition, StorageTek(R) (Storage Technology Corporation) , the data storage solutions expert, now ranks among the top 25 manufacturing plants in North America. This facility has become a model in productivity and cost efficiency in the manufacturing world by continuously striving to make improvements in the areas of on-time delivery, quality and inventory management. The plant manufactures 90 percent of StorageTek products for worldwide markets including its next generation flagship product, the StorageTek StreamLine(TM) SL8500 modular library system.

"This is a significant achievement in a long history of contribution, not only to the company but, also the local economy," said Roy Perry, StorageTek corporate vice president of Global Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Logistics and Quality Process. "Now as an IndustryWeek Best Plant finalist, the facility is gaining the recognition it deserves as a world class operation."

"We're extremely proud to be recognized as a finalist for this prestigious award," said Tom Despres, general manager of StorageTek's Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant. "We are proud of our employees who work and are dedicated to StorageTek. They make our manufacturing operations a model in productivity and cost efficiency."

Each year, IndustryWeek's editors select the top manufacturing facilities in North America. The annual competition -- IndustryWeek's Best Plants -- recognizes standout facilities that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. IndustryWeek's Best Plants awards also encourage other manufacturing managers and work teams to emulate the honorees by adopting world-class practices, technologies and improvement strategies.

A panel of IndustryWeek editors, who solicit independent evaluations from manufacturing experts, judge the plants. Each year, the magazine recognizes 10 manufacturing plants as the "best plants" in North America. The 10 facilities are not ranked individually but will be honored as a group in the October 2004 issue of IndustryWeek.

This recognition adds to a long list of prestigious awards and recognitions StorageTek received this year including FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies in America; American Business Awards finalist for "Best Business Turnaround," Storage World Conference 2004 ACE Award finalist; #41 on the Network World 200, InfoWorld's Innovator Award, Datamation Product of the Year Award Winner; WWPI Innovation in 2003 Best of the Best Products; Network Storage Conference Award 2004 Finalist; and Denver Business Journal "Most Innovative Products" Honorable Mention.

In recent years, the Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant has been recognized for the Xerox Certified Supplier of Excellence Award, GE Medical Systems highest rated supplier qualification, Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Award, and two Chairman's Quality awards.

About StorageTek

StorageTek is a $2 billion global company that enables businesses, through its information lifecycle management strategy, to align the cost of storage with the value of information. The company's innovative storage solutions manage the complexity and growth of information, lower costs, improve efficiency and protect investments. For more information, see, or call 1.800.786.7835.

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