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FIBRONICS SELECTED TO ADVANCE OPEN SYSTEMS INITIATIVE AT WAL-MART; FIBRONICS' KNET TO LINK WAL-MART'S WORKSTATIONS AND MAINFRAMES

    FIBRONICS SELECTED TO ADVANCE OPEN SYSTEMS INITIATIVE AT WAL-MART;
    FIBRONICS' KNET TO LINK WAL-MART'S WORKSTATIONS AND MAINFRAMES
    HYANNIS, Mass., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Fibronics International Inc. (NASDAQ: FBRX) announced today that it has been selected by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) to provide open systems networking equipment for the company.  The retail giant will purchase Fibronics' products to improve the speed and control of inventory and distribution operations between Wal-Mart's corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. and its 18 warehouses across the country.
    The contract calls for the installation of Fibronics' KNET TCP/IP hardware and software, including the Network File System (NFS) and K2000 LAN Controllers.  KNET provides a common communications platform between a broad range of multi-vendor hardware and software products.  KNET will allow Hewlett-Packard UNIX workstations in Wal-Mart warehouses to access and manipulate data stored on the IBM mainframe in these warehouses.
    "We decided to purchase KNET because it installed easily, ran without problems in lengthy tests and outperformed competitive alternatives," said Mark Schmidt, vice president of information technology and telecommunications for Wal-Mart.  "KNET is also consistent with Wal-Mart's strategy to invest in open systems."
    KNET TCP/IP Network System connects the depth of resources available on the IBM mainframe with the broad, diverse functions of non-IBM workstations, computers and personal computers.  By implementing the TCP/IP suite of protocols on the IBM host, KNET creates an open systems platform for enterprise-wide communications between the mainframe and UNIX workstations, including those from Digital Equipment Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard/Apollo, Prime, and Silicon Graphics.
    "We worked very closely with Wal-Mart to set up the system and identify the most effective short- and long-term networking solutions," said Bill Panepinto, director of marketing for Fibronics.  "Like Wal-Mart, we pride ourselves on the quality of our products and our fast, efficient service.  We are excited about the opportunity to help them build a superior network."
    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. headquartered in Bentonville, Ark., currently operates 1,683 Wal-Mart Stores, 194 SAMS Clubs, four Wal-Mart's HYPERMARKET USA units and 19 major Distribution Centers across the company's 41-state trade territory.  The company reported sales of $32.6 billion and net income of $1.29 billion for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 1991.  Wal-Mart stock trades on the New York and Pacific exchanges.
    Headquartered in Hyannis, Mass., Fibronics International Inc. is a leading worldwide provider of enterprise-wide network solutions that enhance the speed and reliability required for complex data operations in heterogeneous computing environments.  A forerunner in the development of fiber-based multiplexed hubs, sophisticated network mangement systems, FDDI and mainframe connectivity products, Fibronics provides distributed solutions for all seven layers of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, and is recognized for its expertise in fiber optics and commitment to open systems standards.
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    /CONTACT:  Bill Panepinto of Fibronics International Inc., 508-778-0700; or Maureen Liberty of The Weber Group, 617-661-7900, for Fibronics/
    (FBRX WMT) CO:  Fibronics International Inc.; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ST:  Massachusetts, Arkansas IN:  CPR REA SU: KM-DD -- NE007 -- 3042 11/11/91 12:31 EST
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