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SMITH CORONA'S FLIGHT TO MEXICO - A REGRETTABLE DECEPTION

 SMITH CORONA'S FLIGHT TO MEXICO - A
 REGRETTABLE DECEPTION
 SOMERSET, N.J., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Brother International Corp.'s Executive Vice President, Patrick T. Gilmore, issued the following statement regarding Smith Corona's announced decision to end portable electric typewriter production in the United States and begin production in Mexico.
 "Smith Corona's decision to terminate U.S. typewriter production and move to Mexico is a regrettable continuation of its long-standing pattern of exporting jobs. After creating 1,500 jobs in Singapore and Indonesia by transferring their American production offshore as it cut back its U.S. employment by 1,100 jobs, Smith Corona's decision to abandon its remaining workers in New York was predictable.
 "Brother deeply regrets the real human pain Smith Corona's workers are now likely to experience. Were they part of a better-managed company, their fate would be very different.
 "Despite Smith Corona's chorus of pleas to the contrary, management decisions, NOT competition, was the company's real downfall. The company has fought a running battle against its own bad decisions and marketing errors.
 "It fought its angry shareholders before making a $24 million legal settlement with them. It inflicted repeated layoffs on its employees. This year, it abandoned a PC joint venture with its Asian partner that coincided with a major downturn in that crowded market, a market that was overcrowded even when they made their entry. Earlier, the company failed to introduce new word processor models in time for holiday season sales, and it recalled machines to correct manufacturing defects.
 "Smith Corona cynically misled both workers in New York and policy makers in Washington about its true intentions. Wrapping itself in an American flag, the company repeatedly sought protection for its Singapore typewriters from Brother typewriters made in Bartlett, Tennessee by American workers. It claimed to be the sole 'American' producer even as it shipped jobs and
opportunities offshore. Even its


New York production represented machines assembled in a foreign trade zone using mostly imported parts and components.
 "At a time when Americans grew increasingly concerned about the costs of government, Smith Corona thought nothing of wasting taxpayer money on frivolous investigations and lawsuits. The British-controlled Smith Corona was far more interested in protecting its bottom line. As we have said all along -- and now finally admitted by President Lee Thompson this week -- they were not truly interested in building a manufacturing base in New York.
 "Brother is committed to U.S. production and American workers. The company is continuing its planned expansion of manufacturing operations in Bartlett where we now have about 800 employees, and we expect 1992 production to rise above 1991 levels. Exports to Europe and elsewhere will continue to grow as well.
 "Brother regrets that Smith Corona did not show as much dedication to its U.S. employees and production as it did to lobbying for protection from government agencies, courts and Congress. We are sorry their workers will now face so uncertain a future."
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 /CONTACT: Patrick T. Gilmore of Brother International, 908-356-8880, Ext. 4004/ CO: Brother International; Smith-Corona ST: New Jersey IN: SU:


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