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COORS ELECTRONIC PACKAGE CO. RESPONDS TO DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE RECOMMENDATION

 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Coors Electronic Package Co. announced today that it is pleased with the recent Department of Commerce findings that the ceramic package industry is critical to the economic and national security interests of the United States. The Department of Commerce made this determination after an investigation begun under Section 232 authority of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 as a result of a petition filed by Coors Electronic Package Co. and Ceramic Process Systems Corp.
 The Department of Commerce recommendations to the President provide for: (1) long-term technology assistance through the National Laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tenn.; (2) qualification assistance at the National Laboratories in Sandia, N.M.; and (3) the establishment of a "Manufacturing Center for Excellence" directed by the Navy. The company believes these remedies demonstrate a recognition of the industry's needs; however, Secretary Brown's conclusion that imports or conditions in the ceramic package industry do not currently present a security threat is puzzling given the fact that his team reported virtually every military system was dependent on Japanese suppliers. The company is encouraged by the Department of Commerce's decision to reconsider the national security issue in a year's time.
 Dr. William Flock, president of Coors Electronic Package Co., stated, "We hope this decision will encourage the Department of Defense to actively pursue more business opportunities with domestic suppliers. The reliance on Japanese suppliers for functional and state-of-the-art weapons components is contrary to our national heritage of independence." He further stated, "The ongoing Department of Defense practice of purchasing over $200 million from Japanese package suppliers continues to fund our foreign competitors with U.S. dollars."
 In conclusion, the company stands ready to work with the Department of Commerce and the recently formed U.S. Ceramic Package Technology Consortium to improve the competitiveness of the ceramic package industry. Flock also praised the efforts of the many Congressional supporters that have recognized the importance of this critical industry, especially Tennessee Congresswoman Marilyn Lloyd, Colorado Congresswoman Patricia Schroeder and Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell.
 Coors Electronic Package Co. is a wholly owned subsidiary of ACX Technologies Inc. ACX Technologies is a diversified technology company with businesses in advanced technical ceramics, high performance consumer packaging and aluminum rigid container sheet. ACX Technologies is listed on the NASDAQ market system under the symbol ACXT.
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 /CONTACT: Jim F. Wade of Coors Electronic Package Co., 615-755-5452; or Karen Breen of ACX Technologies, 303-271-7001/
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CO: Coors Electronic Package Co.; ACX Technologies Inc.; The Department
 of Commerce; Ceramic Process Systems Corp. ST: Tennessee, Colorado IN: SU:


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