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TTI, Inc. Inspires Next Generation of Engineers as a Diamond Supplier of the FIRST Robotics Competition

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – January 7, 2009 – TTI, Inc. announced today that it is joining forces with the not-for-profit organization, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, FIRST, founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

TTI, provided a variety of resistors, capacitors and connectors for the 2009 FRC kit of parts which recently were distributed to more than 1,680 teams of high school students.

“TTI’s participation as a Diamond Supplier furthers our goal to inspire energy and enthusiasm for science and technology,” said FIRST President, Paul R. Gundonis. “It clearly demonstrates their commitment to play a leadership role in workforce development by helping students develop the technology and life skills that will help them succeed in their future careers.”

By providing components for the competition, FIRST suppliers are putting the latest technology in the hands of students, giving them the opportunity to apply the same tools used by scientists and engineers and ultimately helping them learn real-world skills they will carry into the workplace.

“The future of the electronics industry is directly impacted by advancement in engineering. TTI, along with FIRST, is dedicated to increasing education and awareness in the fields of math, science and technology. Education in these areas is vital to the next generation of engineers. TTI is extremely pleased to be chosen to participate in this program,” commented Mike Morton, TTI Senior Vice President, Corporate Product and Operations.

Since 1992, FIRST has brought the excitement of a sporting event to science and technology via robotics competitions. On January 3, the organization unveiled the annual engineering challenge to teams, who also received a kit of parts that included motors, batteries, a control system and a mix of automation components - but no instructions. Working with mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program and test their robots in preparation for regional events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of students.

More than 42,000 students from 10 countries will design and build robots to compete in regional events with winners advancing to the FIRST Championship in Atlanta, Georgia, later this year. Participating students are eligible to apply for more than $9 million in scholarships offered by leading universities, colleges and corporations.

About TTI, Inc.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, TTI, Inc. is a specialty distributor of passive, interconnect and discrete components. TTI is the distributor of choice for industrial and consumer electronic manufacturers worldwide. TTI’s extensive product line includes: resistors, capacitors, connectors, potentiometers, trimmers, magnetic circuit protection, electromechanical and discrete semiconductor devices. TTI is recognized as the industry’s leader in service and quality and provides a broad array of supply chain services to its customer base. TTI employs 2,000 with more than 50 locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information about TTI visit