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DONNELLY TO ESTABLISH AN OPERATION IN MEXICO

 HOLLAND, Mich., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move to follow emerging new markets and strengthen its competitive position, Donnelly Corporation (AMEX: DON) will establish a manufacturing plant in Monterrey, Mexico, which is located in northern Mexico. This new operation will produce exterior automotive mirror components.
 Donnelly's investment in Mexico is expected to be small initially, approximately $5 million for a plant and equipment. Work is under way to locate an appropriate facility, or have one constructed, and plans are to begin full production of exterior mirror components in July 1994, for both North and South American markets. Expected employment at this operation is projected to be 60-70.
 Donnelly currently produces both complete exterior mirror assemblies and the glass components used in exterior mirror assemblies. Only exterior glass component manufacturing will be transferred to a new Mexican operation, including both flat mirror components used on the left-hand side of a vehicle and convex mirror components used on the right-hand side. Donnelly's much larger complete exterior mirror assembly plant in Grand Haven will not be affected by this decision.
 Paul Kalkman, president and chief operating officer for Donnelly Corporation, stated:
 "We believe that this move will strategically position Donnelly to benefit from growing business opportunities in Mexico.
 "Many of our existing customers are now establishing automotive assembly plants in Mexico, or will do so shortly, to meet growing consumer demand within Mexico and in South America. As our markets continue to expand in the Southern Hemisphere, we are positioning ourselves to participate in the many new business opportunities ahead."
 Donnelly has been expanding to other geographic regions for a number of years. A facility has been in operation for 25 years in Ireland to serve the European and Japanese markets, a marketing liaison office has been in existence for 13 years in Tokyo, and a joint venture is currently under construction in the People's Republic of China. Other U.S. operations are located in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arizona. This global commitment has strengthened Donnelly in the marketplace and enabled the company to grow and expand in western Michigan as well.
 Donnelly is an international company dedicated to serving the world automotive industry with high-quality window systems, interior and exterior mirror systems, and interior trim and lighting systems. In addition, the company serves the computer and electronics industries with specialty coated glass products. The company operates from 20 locations throughout the world and was recently named as one of the "top 10" in the new book titled, "The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America."
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 /CONTACT: Maryam Komejan of Donnelly Corporation, 616-786-6022/
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