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TIE TO DISTRIBUTE NORSTAR DIGITAL KEY TELEPHONE SYSTEM IN U.S.

 RICHARDSON, Texas, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- TIE/communications, Inc. (AMEX: TIE) has added Northern Telecom's Norstar digital key telephone system to its U.S. product portfolio for small businesses under terms of a distribution agreement announced today.
 "The Norstar system's innovative design and advanced feature set make it a market leader and a solid addition to our growing platform of business communications products," said George N. Benjamin, president and chief executive officer, TIE/communications, Inc. "Our installed base throughout the country makes us an excellent distribution vehicle for Norstar."
 "TIE's substantial base in the small systems marketplace provides us with a terrific opportunity to grow our market penetration in digital key systems," said Steve Schilling, vice president, marketing, Multimedia Communication Systems, Northern Telecom.
 TIE supplies and services over 100,000 business customers in North America with technologically advanced communications systems, services and software.
 The company operates 68 TIE offices in the U.S. and Canada. TIE has an installed base of 11 million telephones, making it one of the largest communications organizations in North America.
 TIE is a member of The Marmon Group of companies, an international association of more than 60 autonomous service and manufacturing companies with annual sales in excess of $4 billion.
 Northern Telecom's Norstar is the world's leading digital key telephone system with over four million stations shipped in over 70 countries since 1988.
 Norstar provides advanced communications capabilities such as voice messaging and integrated personal computer (PC) applications, made easy to use through display prompts on each telephone set, for small businesses or branch offices requiring up to 80 telephone sets.
 Northern Telecom is a leading global telecommunications researcher and manufacturer.
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 /CONTACT: George N. Benjamin III of TIE, 913-344-0404; or Mark Buford of Northern Telecom, 214-684-8512/
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