Hexagon Metrology and Morris Group Announce Strategic Partnership

Morris Group Divisions will become Authorized Distributors of Hexagon Metrology Products

North Kingstown, RI – November 20, 2009 – Hexagon Metrology, Inc. of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, the world’s largest supplier of metrology equipment and software, and Morris Group, Inc. of Windsor, Connecticut, one of the largest fully integrated suppliers of Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machine tools and related engineering and support services in North America, have signed an agreement to form a strategic partnership.

Under the terms of the agreement, six key distributor divisions of Morris Group, Inc. encompassing ten regional offices and covering 24 states will become authorized to sell Hexagon Metrology’s dimensional measurement products. Hexagon Metrology products are used in quality control applications for manufacturing and include programmable coordinate measuring machines, portable articulated arms and software under the Brown & Sharpe, Sheffield, ROMER and PC-DMIS brand names.

"We are very excited to have engaged with Hexagon Metrology across our corporation. Our expertise lies in developing unique engineered solutions for our customers using the most advanced technology available. Hexagon’s broad- based, superior quality multi-dimensional measuring equipment is a perfect fit with what we do best!” said Bradley R. Morris, president of Morris Group, Inc.

“We are extremely pleased to add Morris Group to our North American distribution network,” said Angus Taylor, president and CEO of Hexagon Metrology, Inc. “Their competence in the industrial market and geographic coverage are an ideal complement to our existing network. As our range of products and services has broadened significantly in recent years, we recognized the need to expand our distribution to ensure that we have more local coverage in key markets. Morris Group is the ideal fit for us in this key territory.”

This strategic partnership enhances the abilities of both companies to meet the technologically sophisticated needs of manufacturers competing in the world economy for production of complex, precision parts.

About Hexagon Metrology

Hexagon Metrology is part of the Hexagon AB Group and includes leading metrology brands such as Brown & Sharpe, CimCore, CogniTens, DEA, Leica Geosystems (Metrology Division), Leitz, m&h, PC-DMIS, QUINDOS, ROMER, Sheffield and TESA. Hexagon Metrology brands represent an unrivaled global installed base of millions of CMMs, portable measuring systems and handheld instruments, and tens of thousands of metrology software licenses. Hexagon Metrology empowers its customers to fully control manufacturing processes that rely on dimensional precision, ensuring that products manufactured precisely conform to the original product design. The company offering of machines, systems and software is complemented by a wide range of product support, aftermarket and value-added services. More information can be found at www.HexagonMetrology.us

About Morris Group, Inc.

Morris Group, Inc. of Windsor, Connecticut is a privately held company. It owns and operates fourteen divisions which supply CNC manufacturing technology and related engineering and support services to manufacturers throughout the U.S. Its import, distribution, tooling and finance companies comprise one of the largest fully integrated networks of manufacturing resources in North America. Morris Group, Inc.’s distribution territories are concentrated in the eastern half of the U.S., a region accounting for 65% of all CNC machine tools sales in the country. .For more information, visit www.morrisgroupinc.com.

COMPANY CONTACTS
Hexagon Press Contact: Belinda Jones, HiTech Marketing LLC
(860) 399-1147, Email Contact

Hexagon Marketing Contact: Bill Fetter, Hexagon Metrology, Inc.
(920) 906-7514, Email Contact

Morris Group, Inc. Marketing Contact: Jeff Boulden, Morris Group, Inc.
(860) 687-3450, Email Contact

Morris Group, Inc. Marketing/Communications Contact: Jane S. McAlpine, Morris Group, Inc.
(860) 687-3451, Email Contact


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