Agere Systems Expands Presence in Longmont, Colorado; Storage Semiconductor Leader to Add New Jobs and Relocate to Expanded Facility

Agere Systems (NYSE: AGR) today announced plans to expand its presence in Longmont with a new facility and increased employee base. Long recognized as a global leader in storage semiconductors, Agere will use these improved resources to deliver advanced storage integrated circuits as well as outstanding customer support for hard disk drive developers.

Longmont, Colo. (PRWEB) July 8, 2005 -- Agere Systems (NYSE: AGR) today announced plans to expand its presence in Longmont with a new facility and increased employee base. Long recognized as a global leader in storage semiconductors, Agere will use these improved resources to deliver advanced storage integrated circuits as well as outstanding customer support for hard disk drive developers.

Agere, which is located at 1921 Corporate Circle, plans to move to a larger facility at that site in August 2005. This new 30,000 square-foot facility will offer twice the space of Agere’s current operations. In addition, Agere will continue to grow its local employee base at Longmont with new hires in 2005 and 2006. Agere currently employs 80 people at this design and technical support center.

"Agere has found Longmont to be a great place to do business," notes Joe Auer, director of customer operations for Agere’s Storage division. "There's an outstanding talent pool of experienced workers, and our presence here allows us to build and strengthen relationships with significant local customers like Seagate, Maxtor and Cornice."

"Semiconductor design companies have been an industry target for Longmont for several years, and many of the major industry players have facilities here," notes John Cody, CED, president and CEO of the Longmont Area Economic Council. "Agere is a great company that weathered the tech downturn and has found value in expanding here. We are proud to have them."

Agere Systems, based in Allentown, Pa., has been in Longmont since 1998 developing products for the top manufacturers of hard disk drives. In addition to Longmont, other major U.S. sites for Agere’s Storage division include Allentown, Pa., Mendota Heights, Minn., and San Jose, Calif.

Hiring at the Longmont site is expected to focus primarily on expanding Agere’s engineering staff, including those with experience with ASIC design and firmware.

Agere Systems recently became a Longmont Area Economic Council investor.

About Agere Systems
Agere Systems is a global leader in semiconductors for storage, wireless data, and public and enterprise networks. The company's chips and software power a broad range of computing and communications applications, from cell phones, PCs, PDAs, hard disk drives and gaming devices to the world’s most sophisticated wireless and wireline networks. Agere's customers include top manufacturers of consumer electronics, communications and computing equipment. Agere's products connect people to information and entertainment at home, at work and on the road – enabling the connected lifestyle. For more information, visit www.agere.com.

About the Longmont Area Economic Council
The Longmont Area Economic Council exists for the sole purpose of keeping the Longmont area economy strong. This is accomplished specifically by "actively supporting the creation and preservation of quality primary jobs." Primary employers are those who sell the majority of their goods and services outside the region. LAEC is a public/private partnership, governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from primary employers, the City of Longmont, and the business community at large. For more information, call (303) 651-0128, or visit www.longmont.org.

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