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Arbortext Honored as One of 25 ``Best Small and Medium Companies to Work for in America''.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Arbortext, Inc., the leading provider of Enterprise Publishing Software, today announced it has been named as one of the "best small and medium companies to work for in America," according to the Great Place to Work(R) Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

"It is outstanding that Arbortext has received this recognition," said Michigan First Gentleman Daniel Granholm Mulhern, who is leading an effort to make the State of Michigan a great workplace. "Arbortext obviously values its employees and recognizes that productivity and profits are directly linked to a happy, healthy workplace."

Great Place to Work Institute cofounder Robert Levering said, "The companies on this list set the standards for all workplaces. Companies like Arbortext are successful because they create an environment where employees trust their management, have pride in their work and have positive relationships with their team members."

Arbortext's placement on this list expands upon an already impressive list of prestigious awards, including:

--The American Business Awards - "Stevie Award for Best New Product" (2004)

--KMWorld Magazine - "100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management" (2004, 2003)

--Econtent Magazine - "Content 100" list (2003, 2002, 2001)

--AlwaysOn - "Top 100 Private Companies" list (2003)

--The Seybold Report Editors' "Hot Picks: Must See New Technologies" (2003)

--VentureReporter's "Top 25 Companies to IPO" (2003)

Arbortext also continues with impressive financial success, including 11 straight quarters of record revenue and continued expansion into Asia Pacific, Latin America and Europe.

"We are honored to receive this recognition for our company and for the great people on our team," said Raymond Schiavone, President and CEO for Arbortext. "The Arbortext team is made of dedicated people who hold the belief that it is important to work hard, deliver outstanding customer service and have some fun at the same time. I believe this philosophy shows through to our clients and I'm proud to say that it's one of the many reasons why our company continues to be successful."

This year marks the launch of the list, which ranks the top 25 small and top 25 medium companies in America that have used smart people management strategies to develop a strong trust between employees and management. The organizations, ranging in size from 50 to 999 employees, were announced by SHRM and selected and ranked by the Great Place to Work Institute(R) based on the results of a randomly distributed employee opinion survey. Each evaluated company was given a score based on employees' responses to a detailed questionnaire about the organizations' workplace cultures.

The winning organizations will appear in the July issue of HR Magazine, available at www.shrm.org/hmagazine and also listed on the Great Places to Work Institute Web site at www.greatplacestowork.com.

About Arbortext

Arbortext is the leading provider of Enterprise Publishing Software that enables organizations to create and automatically publish large amounts of information, such as technical manuals, pharmaceutical product information, legal information and software documentation. Enterprises around the world use our software to publish in multiple languages to multiple audiences in multiple hardcopy and electronic output formats. Arbortext's software is installed at over 1,400 organizations worldwide.

Current customers include American Express Financial Services, Audi, Boeing, Bombardier, British Aerospace, Caterpillar, DaimlerChrysler, Ericsson Telecom, Ford, General Electric, GM, IBM, International Thomson Publishing, Lucent, Nokia, Nortel Networks, PeopleSoft, Pfizer, Ricoh, Sun Microsystems, Toyota, United Airlines, Volkswagen and Volvo. Arbortext is a founding member and active participant in the XML Activity of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, Arbortext has offices around the world. For more information, please visit www.arbortext.com.

About the Great Place to Work Institute

The Great Place to Work Institute is a research and management consultancy headquartered in San Francisco with affiliate offices in 25 other countries throughout the world. The organization produces other "Best Companies to Work for" lists, including Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work for"(C), which recognizes employers with 1,000 or more employees.

About SHRM

SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 185,000 individual members, the Society's mission is both to serve human resource management professionals and to advance the profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM currently has more than 500 affiliated chapters and members in more than 100 countries.
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