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GRUMAN TO DELIVER 100,000TH LONG LIFE VEHICLE TO U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

 GRUMAN TO DELIVER 100,000TH LONG LIFE VEHICLE TO U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
 BETHPAGE, N.Y., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Gruman Corporation (NYSE: GQ) will deliver the 100,000th mail truck to the U.S. Postal Service Thursday with more to come.
 Gruman will build more than 142,600 Long Life Vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service under existing contracts. The Postal Service also has options to order additional units.
 After winning the initial contract in 1986, Gruman expanded, redesigned, and retooled its Montgomery plant, where it has been building trucks for 20 years. It took only nine months to get a state- of-the-art production line started.
 The Long Life Vehicle's all-aluminum body, designed to save weight and resist corrosion, is mated to a derivative of the General Motors S- 10 chassis. It has the same cargo capacity as the Postal Service's one- half-ton trucks, but it is 800 pounds lighter. The LLV's cargo capacity is double that of the postal jeeps.
 Gruman delivered the first LLV to the U.S. Postal Service in April 1987. Currently, the 580 employees at the Montgomery, Pennsylvania facility are producing about 100 LLVs per day. The people at the Montgomery facility have made continuous product improvements and shaved minutes off the time it takes to make the LLVs. In 1989, Gruman was named a U.S. Postal Service Quality Supplier of the Year.
 Gruman Corporation is best known as a leading international aircraft and aerospace company. Other businesses range from sophisticated integrated information and electronics systems to U.S. Postal delivery trucks. Headquartered in Bethpage, New York, Gruman employs 21,000 people. Revenues were $4 billion in 1991.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: For background video footage, call Diane Muldowney of Gruman public affairs, 516-575-4712/
 /CONTACT: Dana Judge of Gruman, 516-575-7117/
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