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BF GOODRICH REALIGNS CORPORATE RESEARCH ORGANIZATION

 AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of a realignment and refocusing of the mission of its corporate research organization, BFGoodrich (NYSE: GR) today announced that it will eliminate 34 positions at its research facility at Brecksville, Ohio. The layoffs involve scientists, technicians and administrative support personnel.
 In making the announcement, Victoria Franchetti Haynes, vice president of research and development, said that BFGoodrich's business mix has changed significantly in recent years, as the company has transformed itself from a manufacturer of tires and commodity chemicals to a company focusing on aerospace products and services and specialty chemicals.
 "As we have shifted from commodity to specialty markets, proprietary technology has become increasingly important. We now are positioning our corporate research organization to concentrate its activities to be even more strategically aligned with our aerospace and specialty chemicals businesses," Haynes said.
 Haynes said that corporate research currently devotes considerable resources to providing development support and technical assistance to BFG's aerospace and specialty chemicals businesses.
 "We will focus more directly on identifying and developing new product technologies, which will help ensure the long-term competitiveness and profitability of our businesses," Haynes said. "This redefined role for corporate research at BFGoodrich has changed our staffing requirements and will allow us to reduce expenses, without sacrificing the acquisition and development of technology necessary to support our business strategy."
 In addition to the corporate research organization, BFGoodrich's aerospace and specialty chemicals businesses conduct extensive research and development at Brecksville and at other locations throughout the world. The aerospace and specialty chemicals research organizations are not directly affected by this action.
 BFGoodrich currently employs 130 in corporate research at Brecksville. Another 470 work at the Brecksville site, primarily marketing and research employees of the Specialty Polymers and Chemicals Division. BFGoodrich in total employs about 2,300 in Northeast Ohio.
 BFGoodrich provides aircraft systems, components and services and manufactures a wide range of specialty chemicals.
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 /CONTACT: Rob Jewell (media), 216-374-2999, or Tim King (investors), 216-374-2556, both of BFGoodrich/
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