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Tecumseh Products Company Announces Acquisition of MDSI

Apr 17, 2002

Tecumseh Products Company (NASDAQ: TECUA)(NASDAQ: TECUB) today announced the acquisition of the assets of Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc. (MDSI), including the MDSI name. MDSI will operate as a subsidiary of Tecumseh Products.

Manufacturing Data Systems, Inc. supplies Internet-enabled, open- architecture software motion control applications that increase manufacturing flexibility and enable agile manufacturing for the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and General Motion Control (GMC) markets. Unlike traditional hardware or proprietary-based motion controls, MDSI's OpenCNC® software CNC uses no proprietary hardware or motion control cards. For more information, visit MDSI's web site at .

According to Todd W. Herrick, President and CEO of Tecumseh Products Company, "Tecumseh Products was one of the early pioneers to work with MDSI's software and we identified a strategic advantage to having MDSI's OpenCNC® open-architecture software CNC. OpenCNC enables machine tools and factories to communicate globally through web-based software and allows Tecumseh Products and the MDSI customer-base to have real-time control of the factory floor. We look forward to the business opportunities made possible by MDSI's unique technology, both in our own plants and to existing and future MDSI customers."

Tecumseh Products Company is a full-line independent global manufacturer of hermetic compressors for air conditioning and refrigeration products, gasoline engines and power train products for lawn and garden applications, and a diversified line of pumps. For more information, visit Tecumseh Products Company's web site at .


SOURCE: Tecumseh Products Company

Contact: Pat Walsh, Director of Investor Relations of Tecumseh Products
Company, +1-517-423-8455



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