SIEMON NAMED FINALIST IN CONNECTICUT BUSINESS AWARD PROGRAM

The Siemon Company has been selected as a finalist in the Family Business of the Year Awards program sponsored by the University of Connecticut`s Family Business Center.

WATERTOWN, CT - The Siemon Company, a global leader in the design and manufacture of network cabling systems and components, is proud to announce that it has been selected as a finalist in the Family Business of the Year Awards program sponsored by the University of Connecticut`s Family Business Center. This program recognizes family businesses in Connecticut that embody core family values and the best of American free enterprise.


In addition to being a finalist for this award, Siemon was also recently ranked as Connecticut`s No. 1 fiber optic company by the Hartford Business Journal.

`We`re honored that UConn selected us to be one of the four finalists,` said Siemon spokesman Mike Clemens. `It demonstrates that Connecticut is committed to building family businesses. It`s even more of a treat to receive this honor in our centennial year.` Siemon was founded in 1903 and has been celebrating its 100th anniversary throughout 2003.

`Family businesses are the cornerstone of the Connecticut`s economy,` said Priscilla Cale, director of the university`s Family Business Program. `What these family firms have collectively contributed to their local communities, as well as communities on a global scale, is
outstanding.`.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and awards presented on November 25, 2003 at UConn`s Storrs campus.

About The Siemon Company
The Siemon Company, headquartered in Watertown, CT USA, is a global company with four generations of manufacturing excellence. Established in 1903, Siemon is the undisputed technology leader of standards -based,
high -performance, high -quality copper and fiber cabling systems and components.

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