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Earth Tech to Pursue Security Projects

Long Beach, Calif. (September 21, 2004) - Earth Tech Inc., a business unit of Tyco Engineered Products & Services, and global provider of consulting, engineering and construction services, has added two senior executives to support business development efforts with the U.S. government to implement rebuilding projects in developing nations and homeland security projects domestically.

Richard G. Larson, a decorated, retired U.S. Army major general, will serve as vice president, director of special projects.  Marko Bourne, former acting director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Incident Management System Integration Center, will serve as director of business development for Homeland Security.

"Dick and Marko will be important assets for Earth Tech as we pursue our strategy to expand our business with the U.S. federal government," said Alan Krusi, Earth Tech president.  "Dick's extensive project construction management experience and Marko's knowledge of the homeland security area will complement and expand our existing capabilities to manage existing projects and win new ones."

Earth Tech is in the final phases of a major construction project at the An Numaniyah military base outside of Baghdad.  The $65 million contract, awarded to Earth Tech in January by the Air Force Center for Environmental Excellence involved the refurbishment of 45 buildings and related infrastructure services.

Larson will oversee the infrastructure projects Earth Tech currently has in progress.  He will also pursue new engineering and construction opportunities in the Middle East and assist with expanding business with federal agencies such as the Departments of Defense, State and Commerce.  He will report to Sandy Cuttino, Earth Tech USA president.

Larson brings to the position more than three decades of experience in construction, procurement, materials delivery and organizational management.  Most recently, he was the program manager for the 2.8 million square foot expansion of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.; the demolition of the former Cardiff Arms Park Stadium and construction of a 72,500-seat, multi-use Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales; and the design and management of temporary and portable facilities and equipment for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Ga.  Larson served for nearly 30 years in the U.S. Army, his final post being commander of the Military Traffic Management Command.

As director of business development, Bourne will be responsible for the development of Earth Tech's long-term homeland security growth strategy.  He will also be the company's liaison to the Department of Homeland Security and will work with other Earth Tech and Tyco teams on homeland security issues and opportunities.  He will report to Jane Penny, vice president of federal business development.

Bourne has more than 19 years in emergency services and emergency management experience, as well as in governmental and legislative affairs and marketing.

In his most recent position in the Department of Homeland Security, Bourne was responsible for the implementation of the National Incident Management System and the creation of emergency training programs that prepared federal, state and local government agencies and first responders nationwide to react to incidents.  In that capacity, he reported directly to Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.

Tyco International Ltd. is a global, diversified company that provides vital products and services to customers in five business segments: Fire & Security, Electronics, Healthcare, Engineered Products & Services, and Plastics & Adhesives.  With 2003 revenue of $37 billion, Tyco employs 260,000 people worldwide.  More information on Tyco can be found at www.tyco.com.

Frank Pollare
Earth Tech Inc.
(562) 951-2008