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East Penn Receives Freightliner's Masters of Quality Supplier Award

July 23, 2002

East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc. proudly accepted the Masters of Quality Supplier award given by Freightliner Corporation of Portland, OR, on April 24, 2002. East Penn has received the Masters of Quality Supplier award in 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2001. East Penn has been a Freightliner Certified Supplier for six years.

As a fourth year recipient of this award, East Penn completed the required standards and qualifications set by Freightliner. Those standards include satisfying performance audits conducted by seven critical Freightliner work groups at every step of the Freightliner supply chain and achieving high marks from corporate purchasing agents in Freightliner's supplier evaluation review process each fall. East Penn Manufacturing is extremely proud to be one of only 42 recipients chosen from the several hundreds of suppliers considered for this award.

East Penn manufactures the flooded starting and dual purpose batteries for Freightliner. As well as supplying the original equipment batteries for the trucks in St. Thomas, Ontario; Portland, OR; Cleveland, NC; Mt. Holly, NC; and Gaffy, SC, East Penn supplies batteries for Thomas Bus, NC; Freightliner, Sterling, and Western Star aftermarket dealers throughout North America.

East Penn is a leading manufacturer of high quality lead-acid batteries and accessories for the automotive, telecommunications, marine, commercial, industrial and stationary markets. The company's quality systems for its entire 480-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2000 and QS 9000:1998 requirements. The company's Wire and Cable division has been certified to ISO 14001 Environmental Management System requirements. For more information contact East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., Lyon Station, PA 19536 or visit our web site at www.eastpenn-deka.com.

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