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Manufacturing Executive Joins Trimble

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 23, 1999 --- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that Patrick J. Hehir, 37, has joined the company as senior vice president and chief manufacturing officer.
Hehir joins Trimble from Dovatron International where he held several positions during his eight year tenure including, quality/program manager, director of operations, executive director of operations and vice president of worldwide business development. Dovatron, a $1 billion international manufacturing company with offices in Ireland, Mexico, Asia, Eastern Europe and the U.S., serves clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Hughes Corporation, I.B.M., and Lucent Technologies. Prior to Dovatron, he worked for Western Digital in several positions including, process/quality engineer, quality improvement process coordinator, senior quality engineer and quality manager. Hehir also held process engineering, production and quality positions at Pulse Engineering in Ireland.
"We are extremely pleased to have Patrick join us," said Bradford Parkinson, Trimble's president and CEO. "His experience in executive-level roles and contract manufacturing provide Trimble with a strong operational focus to bring costs and efficiencies in line. In addition, he will strengthen our quality program."
Hehir has a broad range of educational qualifications from technical colleges and universities in Ireland and the United Kingdom. He graduated from Galway's Institute of Technology with an electronic engineering certificate in 1981. He received a quality assurance post-graduate diploma from the Galway's University College in 1984. In 1987, Hehir received a production and operations management certificate from the United Kingdom's Institute of Industrial Engineering, and a post-graduate diploma in health, safety and social welfare from Cork's University College in 1993. Hehir also served on Ireland's technical committee for the development of the environmental system standard, ISO 14000, published by the International Standards Organization.
About Trimble
Trimble is a world leader in designing and developing innovative products enabled by GPS technology. The company provides end-user and OEM solutions for diverse applications including surveying, mapping/GIS, agriculture, mining, military, commercial aviation, automotive, vehicle tracking and timing. Founded in 1978, Trimble now holds more than 200 U.S. patents on GPS and related technology, with over 180 additional patents pending. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has been adding value to GPS since 1984.

Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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