Hutchinson Technology Appoints Dale Ruzicka to Vice President of Operations

Hutchinson Technology Appoints Dale Ruzicka to Vice President of Operations

HUTCHINSON, Minn., Dec. 11, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hutchinson Technology
Incorporated (Nasdaq:HTCH) announced today that it has appointed Dale Ruzicka
to vice president of operations. In this position, Ruzicka will oversee the
company's global operations, including manufacturing, engineering, quality,
supply chain, and support functions.

Ruzicka joined Hutchinson Technology in 1982 and has held a variety of
technical and management positions. As quality manager, he was part of the
start-up team for the company's Sioux Falls operation and became its plant
manager in 1996.He served as director of Asia support operations from 2000 to
2006 and then as director of operations strategy. In 2008, he became plant
manager for the Hutchinson site components operation and has served as the
plant manager for the company's Eau Claire, Wisconsin, operation since 2011.

"Dale is a results-oriented leader with extensive knowledge of manufacturing
and quality disciplines," said Hutchinson Technology's president and chief
executive officer Rick Penn. "His vast operations experience, in-depth
understanding of our industry, and commitment to continuous improvement, makes
him well-suited to lead our global operations."

About Hutchinson Technology

Hutchinson Technology is a global technology leader committed to creating
value by developing solutions to critical customer problems.The company's
Disk Drive Components Division is a key worldwide supplier of suspension
assemblies for disk drives.The company's BioMeasurement Division is focused
on bringing new technologies and products to the market that provide
information clinicians can use to improve the quality of health care and
reduce costs.

CONTACT: INVESTOR CONTACT:
         Chuck Ives
         Hutchinson Technology Inc.
         320-587-1605
        
         MEDIA CONTACT:
         Connie Pautz
         Hutchinson Technology Inc.
         320-587-1823

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