Hutchinson Technology Appoints Dale Ruzicka to Vice President of Operations

HUTCHINSON, Minn., Dec. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hutchinson Technology Incorporated (Nasdaq:HTCH) announced today that it has appointed Dale Ruzicka to vice president of operations. In this position, Ruzicka will oversee the company's global operations, including manufacturing, engineering, quality, supply chain, and support functions.

Ruzicka joined Hutchinson Technology in 1982 and has held a variety of technical and management positions. As quality manager, he was part of the start-up team for the company's Sioux Falls operation and became its plant manager in 1996. He served as director of Asia support operations from 2000 to 2006 and then as director of operations strategy.  In 2008, he became plant manager for the Hutchinson site components operation and has served as the plant manager for the company's Eau Claire, Wisconsin, operation since 2011.

"Dale is a results-oriented leader with extensive knowledge of manufacturing and quality disciplines," said Hutchinson Technology's president and chief executive officer Rick Penn.  "His vast operations experience, in-depth understanding of our industry, and commitment to continuous improvement, makes him well-suited to lead our global operations."

About Hutchinson Technology

Hutchinson Technology is a global technology leader committed to creating value by developing solutions to critical customer problems. The company's Disk Drive Components Division is a key worldwide supplier of suspension assemblies for disk drives. The company's BioMeasurement Division is focused on bringing new technologies and products to the market that provide information clinicians can use to improve the quality of health care and reduce costs.

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         Hutchinson Technology Inc.
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         Hutchinson Technology Inc.
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