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Aerosonic to Consolidate Manufacturing Operations

March 12, 2007

The supplier of precision flight products will integrate the manufacturing functions of its Earlysville, VA, operation into its Clearwater, FL, facility. The company expects to complete the consolidation by September 30, 2007.


CLEARWATER, FL /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Aerosonic Corp., a leading supplier of precision flight products for commercial, business, and military aircraft, announced the consolidation of the manufacturing functions of its Earlysville, VA, operation into its Clearwater, FL, facility. The Earlysville location is home to Avionics Specialties Inc., Aerosonic's wholly owned subsidiary.

The consolidation is a continuation of the company's actions to be more responsive to customers' demands while increasing efficiencies. The existing engineering and marketing functions will remain in the Earlysville area but will relocate to a new facility more appropriately sized for the company's streamlined structure. The company plans to sell the Earlysville facility.

Avionics Specialties manufactures angle-of-attack stall warning systems; integrated multifunction probes, which are integrated air data sensors; and other aircraft sensors and monitoring systems. The company will execute the consolidation plan in a phased approach to maintain delivery schedules and product quality.

David Baldini, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are restructuring the company in a way that maximizes efficiencies and increases profitability. This consolidation allows us to focus on continuous improvements in our processes and optimize lean manufacturing opportunities to ensure the best use of our resources and gain a new level of efficiency that is required to remain competitive."

"Although this was a difficult decision, we expect to be well-positioned for the future as a result of these cost-cutting measures. We intend to recruit some of the manufacturing and administrative employees at the Avionics Specialties facility and offer them positions in Clearwater. We also plan to provide outplacement assistance for the others affected by the consolidation. The employees at Avionics Specialties have been a valued part of this company, and we are grateful for their dedication and contributions over the years," Mr. Baldini continued.

The consolidation of the manufacturing operations and administrative functions is expected to be completed by September 30, 2007.

Aerosonic Corporation, headquartered in Clearwater, FL, is principally engaged in the manufacture of aviation products. Locations of the company include Clearwater, FL, and Earlysville, VA. For additional information, visit the company's Web site.


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