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MicroTouch Named Finalist in IndustryWeek's `America's Best Plants' Competition

METHUEN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 27, 1999--MicroTouch Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTSI - news) the world leader in touchscreen products, today announced it was selected by IndustryWeek as a finalist in the magazine's ``America's Best Plants'' competition. Now in its 10th year, the contest was created to recognize the outstanding efforts of leading facilities and encourage best practices among all.

The panel of judges -- IndustryWeek editors, industry consultants, and industry experts -- evaluated operations and business areas such as quality, employee empowerment, customer focus, supplier partnership, and new product development. MicroTouch was compared to more than 400 other world-class North American plants; the company's continuous-improvement efforts earned it a spot in the top 25.

``It's an honor to be named a `Best Plants' finalist,'' said Jim Ellis, Director of Customer Satisfaction and Quality for MicroTouch. ``To be compared favorably by a group of prestigious independent industry experts makes a strong statement about the quality of our facility, products, and most importantly, our people.''

About MicroTouch

MicroTouch is the leading worldwide vendor of touch-input solutions for virtually every application. For public access and business systems, the company offers its highly durable ClearTek 3000 capacitive and TouchTek5 5-wire resistive touchscreens and touch-enabled monitors. For mobile professional and consumer products, MicroTouch offers TouchTek4 4-wire resistive touchscreens. For specialty applications, the company offers TouchTekDM digital matrix touchscreens. The MicroTouch Business Products Division is the U.S. market leader in touch-enabled digital whiteboards. Its Ibid product line has earned awards from several leading trade publications. Factura Kiosks, a MicroTouch division in Rochester, N.Y., is the leading U.S. supplier of kiosk enclosures, specializing in creative design, engineering and manufacturing. The MicroTouch Specialty Products Group in Austin, Texas, focuses on the development of analog resistive and digital matrix resistive touchscreens. MicroTouch operates TouchStore.com, an Internet-based electronic commerce site devoted exclusively to the sale of touchscreen monitors and related products. Founded in 1982, MicroTouch reported sales of $144.4 million in 1998. The company's Web site is www.microtouch.com/info.

About Industry Week

Now in its 28th year, IndustryWeek (IW) helps senior executives and decision-makers in manufacturing and it's supporting industries manage their organizations more productively, more profitably, and more humanely. More then 800,000 readers worldwide regularly use IW to learn how to better manage people, technology, and resources in an increasingly competitive global business environment.

IW's cross-media product offerings include IW's Web Site --www.industryweek.com -- and IndustryWeek Management Development Conferences including America's Best Plants Series and the Managing for Innovation conference.

IW is published by Penton Media Inc. (NYSE:PME - news), a diversified business media company that publishes magazines and electronic information products, produces trade shows and conferences, and provides marketing and business development products and services, including direct mail lists, research, and custom publishing. Penton serves the design/engineering, electronics, food/hospitality, government/compliance, information technology, leisure, management, manufacturing, mechanical systems/construction, and supply chain/aviation markets.


Contact:
     MicroTouch Systems, Inc.

     Jennifer J. Finn, 978-659-9350

     jfinn@microtouch.com
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