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Trimble Inc.
935 Stewart Drive
Post Office Box 3642
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
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Trimble Reaffirms Commitment to Commercial Aviation,
Discontinuing General Aviation

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 23, 1999 -- Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today announced that it has renewed its commitment to support commercial aviation and has completed the plan to discontinue its general aviation product line. As part of this plan, Michael P. Gagliardi has resigned as group vice president of the Aerospace Division in Austin, TX.
"As evidenced by the discontinuation of the general aviation product line, we are streamlining our business efforts and focusing on our core competencies in GPS technology," commented Bradford Parkinson, Trimble's president and chief executive officer emeritus. "We thank Michael for his commitment to Trimble and his ongoing efforts on behalf of the Aerospace business. The continuing commercial avionics business will report to David Hall, group vice president of Mobile Timing and Technologies and the remaining manufacturing operations of the Austin, Texas facility will now report to Patrick Hehir, senior vice president of Manufacturing."
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:   Investor Relations of Trimble: 408-481-6914
Media Contact:   LeaAnn McNabb of Trimble: 408-481-7808

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