FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2001

Lila White
www.thedigitaldominion.com
(804) 692-3110


Gary C. Hyde
The Rochester Corporation
(540) 825-2111
Jill Lawrence
VEDP
(804) 371-0049
Governor Gilmore Announces Expansion of the Rochester Corporation in Culpeper County
-Company announces 35 new jobs and a $10 million investment-


Richmond - Governor Jim Gilmore today announced The Rochester Corporation, a unit of Tyco Electronics Corporation, will expand its manufacturing plant in Culpeper County. The Company will create 35 new jobs for Virginians through a $10 million investment. Virginia successfully competed with Georgia and Ohio for the investment.

"I am pleased that Rochester is reinvesting in the Commonwealth," said Governor Gilmore. "Manufacturers like Rochester can take advantage of Virginia's pro-business climate and skilled workforce while utilizing the latest technology to increase their productivity."

The Rochester Corporation is a world leader in the design and manufacture of electro-optical cables for a variety of applications. They also produce high tensile steel wire that is used as a strength member in undersea fiber optic cables, which carry voice and data transmission throughout the world. Tyco Electronics Corporation is one of the major business units of Tyco International Ltd. Tyco Electronics, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA, is the largest passive electronic components manufacturer in the world, and also designs and manufactures leading-edge wireless and fiber optic active components.

Tyco International Ltd. Is a diversified manufacturing and service company. Tyco is the world's largest manufacturer and servicer of electrical and electronic components; the world's largest designer, manufacturer, installer and servicer of undersea telecommunications systems; the world's largest manufacturer, installer, and provider of fire protection systems and electronic security services; and the world's largest manufacturer of flow control valves. Tyco also holds strong leadership positions in disposable medical products, diagnostic imaging, bulk pharmaceuticals, wound closure, plastics, and adhesives. Tyco operates in more than 100 countries and has reported fiscal 2000 sales of approximately $28.9 billion.

"We are pleased to be expanding our facilities in Culpeper County and are grateful for the support provided at the state and local levels," said Gary C. Hyde, President of The Rochester Corporation.

"Culpeper County and Virginia will reap the rewards of The Rochester Corporation and its reputation for providing its customers with the highest quality products," said Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Barry E. DuVal. "We are honored to have The Rochester Corporation expand here in Virginia."

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