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ITT AUTOMOTIVE PLANS NEW MICHIGAN FACILITY TO PRODUCE WIPER SYSTEMS, SWITCHES

 AUBURN HILLS, Mich., June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Automotive, one of the world's leading global Tier One automotive suppliers, today announced plans to establish a new manufacturing facility in western Michigan.
 The new plant and anticipated staff additions at the firm's World Headquarters and Technical Center in Auburn Hills resulting from worldwide staff realignments will increase ITT Automotive's Michigan presence to 10 facilities employing more than 2,300 people by 1994, according to Timothy D. Leuliette, president and chief executive officer.
 Leuliette announced the proposed project and the staffing changes during a press conference in Detroit today when ITT Automotive outlined a realignment of its operations.
 "This new plant is a visible demonstration of the global leadership ITT Automotive has assumed in wiper systems and electrical switches," said Leuliette. "And these additions to our statewide operations demonstrate our commitment to continue investing in the automotive industry and in the Michigan economy."
 The realignment, which will affect organizational structures, marketing strategies, and brand and operating unit nomenclature, will position ITT Automotive to compete successfully as a global systems supplier into the 21st century.
 Leuliette said the new plant will produce wiper systems and electrical systems. The facility will be operational by the first half of 1994 to meet new contract requirements.
 Exact location of the new facility will be determined following a review of several candidate sites, said the ITT Automotive CEO. An announcement of the site will be made at that time, probably later this summer, he added.
 "The new site will produce more than 1.5 million wiper systems and more than 2 million multi-function and ignition switches annually for the Big Three and the BMW plant in South Carolina," said Leuliette.
 ITT Automotive's North American wiper system and electrical switch business has boomed since these product lines were introduced in this market less than four years ago.
 "We will have over a hundred million dollars of new business in switches and over a hundred million dollars of new business in wiper systems in North America this year," he said.
 "These product lines, produced for the original equipment market under the ITT Automotive SWF brand, have historically been very strong in Europe where they have been technological leaders. This technical advantage is the same reason these product lines have been so successful in the North American market," Leuliette said.
 The new plant is expected to employ about 125 people by 1994, and another 75 by 1997.
 "This new venture will create economic growth and serve as a ripple effect for additional Michigan employment as we retain local subcontractors to assist us in this project," Leuliette said.
 The staff additions at the World Headquarters and Technical Center in Auburn Hills will result from consolidation of staff functions throughout ITT Automotive operations into centralized common-serving departments.
 Staffs to be consolidated include finance, information systems, operations, administration, legal, corporate and industry relations, business development, purchasing and quality. Sales and marketing also will be consolidated into regional organizations.
 Other Michigan operations in addition to the World Headquarters and proposed new plant include manufacturing facilities in Jackson, Roscommon, Elsie, Leonard, Tawas City, Oscoda and Rochester, and a winter test facility at Sault Ste. Marie.
 ITT Automotive is a $3.5 billion global supplier of components and system-oriented products to the automotive industry, including antilock brake, traction control and brake systems, fluid handling systems and components; seat structures and electrical motors; switches and lamps; precision die casting and aftermarket products.
 ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT), with 1992 sales and revenues of $21.7 billion, is a diversified, multinational enterprise.
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 /CONTACT: Gerald M. Jusco, 313-340-3443, or Val Brown, 313-340-3680, both of ITT Automotive/
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