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PRI Automation promotes Mitchell Tyson to President.

BILLERICA, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 10, 1995--PRI Automation Inc. (NASDAQ:PRIA) announced today that Mitchell G. Tyson, formerly executive vice president and chief operating officer, has been promoted to president of the Company. Tyson will continue as COO. Former president Mord Wiesler remains chairman and CEO.

PRI Automation is the leading U.S. supplier of factory automation systems used by semiconductor manufacturing companies to optimize integrated circuit manufacturing processes.

"This promotion reflects Mitch Tyson's outstanding contribution to the growth of PRI," said Wiesler in making the announcement. "PRI is experiencing tremendous success, with revenues of more than $12 million in the last quarter and a record $39 million backlog. The Company has won nine of its last eleven bids. Mitch has been, and will continue to be instrumental in PRI's maintaining and increasing its leadership position in the industry."

Tyson is responsible for managing PRI's daily operations, as well as working with Wiesler in developing and implementing the Company's growth strategy. Prior to joining PRI in 1987, he held management positions at GCA Corporation (Andover, MA). Tyson holds a B.S. in physics, an M.S. in political science and an M.S. in nuclear engineering, all from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.

PRI Automation, headquartered in Billerica, MA, had its initial public offering on October 13, 1994. The Company pioneered the design, development and manufacturing of systems that automate the transport, storage and handling of silicon wafers used to make microprocessors, memory chips and other semiconductor components. PRI Automation also provides system integration, factory simulation, project management and automation support services to its customers, which include most of the world's largest semiconductor companies.

CONTACT: PRI Automation, Billerica

John J. Schickling, 508/670-4270 ext. 3002

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