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ELKHART, IN - September 2004 -- Crown International was recently named first runner-up for the U. S. Senate Productivity Award for 2003. The award is given annually and is sponsored by U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar, the Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA), and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). The award recognizes outstanding productivity gains or methods, which may be utilized by other Indiana companies to improve Indiana's overall productivity. Larry Coburn, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing for Crown commented: "We are very proud to have received this award. This recognition by our peers in the Manufacturing community is extra special because they understand the hard work we have done to improve our processes and products."

As a result of their efforts toward productivity improvement, Crown was able to cut fabrication and board assembly aggregate lead times by 90 percent, increase line efficiency by 30 percent plant-wide, reduce inventory by 20 percent and free 32,000 square feet of floor space. "These changes have also improved the work environment for our employees, by helping us better provide a clean, safe place to work," noted Coburn, who will be awarded with the runner-up plaque and will present Crown's success story at a public forum held by the IMA in October in Indianapolis.

Crown International manufactures amplifiers, microphones, and systems control products for professional audio markets worldwide, with corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana. For more information, visit Crown online at Crown is a member of the Harman Professional (HPro) group of Harman International companies. Other HPro audio brands include AKG, AMEK, BSS Audio, dbx Professional, Lexicon Pro, JBL Professional, Soundcraft, and Studer.

Harman International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR; is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the consumer and professional markets.