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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez Tour Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc. Los Angeles Manufacturing Plant

- - Site Visit Marks One of Two California Companies Selected as Part of Invest in America Week Events; Hitachi Automotive Only Company Selected in the State in its Industry - -

TORRANCE, Calif., May 12, 2008 – Today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and United States Secretary of Commerce, Carlos Gutierrez toured Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc.- Los Angeles Plant, a subsidiary of Hitachi America, Ltd., which distributes and remanufactures electrical and electronic automotive components and service parts for major OEM, industrial and high performance aftermarket customers. The visit marked one of two California companies that were selected and included as part of Invest in America Week, May 5-9, featuring events spanning the United States.

Invest in America Week highlights the importance of foreign direct investment (FDI) for U.S. jobs and economic growth through a series of events in 12 states across the country. Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc., was the only automotive company selected in the state to participate in Invest in America Week events.

The plant tour with Governor Schwarzenegger and Secretary Gutierrez was led by Taiji Hasegawa, Chairman for Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc.

Following the tour of the 85,000 square-foot remanufacturing plant, a press conference was held with Governor Schwarzenegger and Secretary Gutierrez. Also, private tours were conducted with community leaders and Junichi Ihara, Consul, Consulate General of Japan for Los Angeles and Naoyuki Kawagoishi, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Japan for Los Angeles

Commenting on the tour, Mr. Hasegawa said, “We were honored to host Governor Schwarzenegger and Secretary Gutierrez at our facilities and be selected as a company committed to foreign and direct investment in the United States and recognized as an environmentally responsible company.”

“Hitachi takes great pride in being a global and cutting edge innovative leader. Furthermore, we believe in environmental preservation and economic growth, all with a primary focus on our society as a whole.”

Additionally, Mayor Frank Scotto, City of Torrance attended the event and declared May 12, 2008 as “Hitachi Day” in Torrance.

Hitachi Automotive Products (USA), Inc. remanufactures starters, alternators, ECU’s (electronic control units), mass air flow sensors, electronic throttle bodies, and distributors. The company remanufactures parts from OEM and aftermarket customers. The parts are disassembled, cleaned, reassembled and tested to OEM specifications. Material cores that do not pass the specifications before, during or after the assembly process are recycled.