'Best of the best' Among 30,000 Automotive Suppliers Worldwide

Textron Automotive Company (TAC) - Trim Division has been selected as one of General Motors' Supplier of the Year Award winners for the second consecutive year. Aside from Delphi Automotive Systems, TAC-Trim is the largest independent supplier of instrument panels to General Motors Corporation North America including such vehicle lines as the Pontiac Grand Am, Montana, Sunfire; Chevrolet Corvette, Monte Carlo, Impala, Venture; Cadillac Eldorado, Seville, Deville; and Oldsmobile Intrigue, Silhouette.

"There is no greater reward than having a customer like General Motors recognize our efforts on their behalf," said William F. Maclean, President of Textron Automotive Trim. "The Supplier of the Year Award has become one of the industry's benchmarks for performance. It reinforces our proven ability to innovate, integrate and deliver products that demonstrate our culture of craftsmanship."

The 181 companies receiving the 1999 award were selected by GM officials from an automotive supplier pool of more than 30,000 companies worldwide. The 1999 award winners represent 29 countries. Suppliers recognized for this outstanding achievement were evaluated based on their performance in the areas of quality, service, technology and price during the 1999 calendar year.

In acknowledging this award for the second consecutive year, Sam Licavoli, Chairman, President and CEO of Textron Automotive Company said, "Great performance like this requires a combination of planning and perseverance. We couldn't have achieved this distinction without the Trim Team's dedication to continuous improvement. It's strong evidence that the Textron Quality Management System provides benefits to our customers and to us."

The GM Supplier of the Year awards are a long-standing tradition at GM. Established over twenty years ago in Germany, they were expanded to all of Europe in 1989 and became an international award in 1992.

With over $2.9 billion in annual revenues and manufacturing locations in 15 countries, Textron Automotive Company is a leading global supplier of instrument panels, cockpit modules, exterior and interior trim, plastic fuel tanks and automotive systems and components. Globally recognized for breakthrough proprietary technologies and quality, Textron Automotive Company has received more than 50 awards for excellence in North America, Europe and Asia.

Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is an $11.6 billion, global, multi-industry company with market-leading businesses in Aircraft, Automotive, Industrial and Finance. Textron has a workforce of over 68,000 employees and major manufacturing facilities in 30 countries. Textron is among Fortune magazine's "Global Most Admired Companies."