Mar 15, 2002

Seagate Picks Up International Award for its Springtown Extension

SPRINGTOWN, Northern Ireland - Seagate's building expansion project at its recording head manufacturing facility at Springtown in Londonderry has won a prestigious international award. The influential Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) award recognizes outstanding design-build projects undertaken throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

The new 324,000 sq ft facility was completed 18 months ago by US construction experts Mortenson, who have worked on a number of specialist Seagate buildings around the globe. Dave Brown, vice president and managing director of Seagate Springtown commented, "I am really proud of the fact that we have won this prestigious award. We all knew we had a great building to work in but it's even better when an auspicious body such as the DBIA recognises the planning and investment that went into giving our employees a building of which they can be really proud. I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Mark Moroney, facilities director at the Springtown facility, and his team for the excellent work they have done on this project. It's a real credit to the Company. I am delighted that the DBIA commented specifically on the excellent cooperation between Seagate, Mortenson and local design partner Building Design Partnership. Springtown is a world class facility—and now it's official."

Seagate has two facilities in Northern Ireland, employing over 1,800 people between them. At the Springtown wafer fabrication facility, the Company develops and manufactures the recording heads, which write information onto and read information from the recording disc inside a computer's hard drive. The Company's Limavady facility produces nickel-plated aluminium substrates, the core material on which computer hard disc drives read, write and store digital information.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Seagate is the world's leading provider of storage technology for Internet, business and consumer applications. The Company's products include disc drives for the Enterprise, PCs and Consumer Electronics, as well as Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions. Seagate's market leadership is based on delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at www.seagate.com.

The DBIA supports the integrated design-build process, which embraces architecture/engineering and construction services under a single contract, thereby re-combining the vital roles of designer and constructor.