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DATA GENERAL FIRST TO QUALIFY FOR WORLDWIDE ISO 9002 QUALITY CERTIFICATION

 DATA GENERAL FIRST TO QUALIFY FOR WORLDWIDE ISO 9002 QUALITY
 CERTIFICATION
 WESTBORO, Mass., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Data General Corporation (NYSE: DGN) announced today that it has become the first major U.S. computer systems manufacturer to have all of its worldwide manufacturing and product distribution operations qualify for the international ISO 9002 quality-standard certification.
 In ceremonies held in Southboro, Mass., today, Underwriters Laboratory formally certified the company's Southboro manufacturing/ distribution facility as ISO 9002 compliant.
 Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, who participated in the presentation, praised Data General as an outstanding example of a Massachusetts company that has been successful in the international marketplace by providing quality products and service.
 Ronald L. Skates, president and chief executive officer of Data General, said, "This award is very significant because ISO certification has become the quality benchmark for companies that compete in the European marketplace."
 In his comments, Skates also noted the efforts of Gov. Weld and Congressman Joseph Early, "who have worked hard to improve the climate for business in Massachusetts by bringing together business and government as partners."
 In addition to Southboro, the company said that three other plants, Chihuahua, Mexico; Manila, Philippines; and Schwalbach, Germany, have passed ISO 9002 audits and will be certified shortly.
 The company's largest manufacturing operation, in Apex, N.C., received ISO 9002 certification last August and was the first U.S. computer manufacturing plant to receive certification from Underwriters Laboratory.
 ISO 9002 certification has become the international standard for quality plant and production operations. The guidelines were established by the International Standards Organization (ISO), based in Geneva, Switzerland.
 In accordance with the rules of the European Standards Committee, all of its members -- virtually all Western European countries -- are bound to implement the ISO 9000 series of standards. To date the standards have been embraced by more than 30 nations including the United States and Japan.
 "The ISO certification is doubly meaningful to us because it recognizes the commitment that Data General has had to provide its customers with high-quality products and service," said Skates.
 To achieve ISO registration, each Data General plant underwent a rigorous and lengthy audit process. They were evaluated on a variety of different functions including commitment to quality, statistical techniques and the quality of the components built at the plants.
 The Southboro, Mass., facility is responsible for software reproduction, distribution, refurbished equipment and the manufacturing of custom hardware.
 The Chihuahua, Mexico, facility assembles and tests printed circuit boards, manufactures cables and is a field engineering product repair center.
 The facility in Manila, Phillipines, manufactures power supplies and transformers, and assembles and tests communications products.
 The Schwalbach, Germany, operation is responsible for computer systems distribution.
 Data General is a leading worldwide supplier of computer suystems for business, industry, education and government. The company reported revenues for fiscal year 1991 of $1.23 billion and net income of $85.6 million.
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