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Benchmark Restarts Thailand Facility

ANGLETON, Texas — Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading integrated contract manufacturing provider, announced that its Korat, Thailand facility has begun manufacturing operations.

On October 17, 2011, the Company announced that it began efforts to put the vacant Korat plant into operation after its main manufacturing facility in Ayudhaya was inundated with floodwaters. As part of the Company's Emergency Management Business Continuity Plan, the Korat plant was transformed in record time by an all out effort. The work included remodeling the buildings, moving or procuring manufacturing equipment and inventory, and transferring and hiring employees.

“This is a crucial milestone to support our customers' Q4 critical requirements and resuming full support for customer demands in Q1 of 2012,” said Cary T. Fu, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. “Our employees overcame overwhelming obstacles to rapidly restart the Korat facility. To bring a sophisticated electronics manufacturing plant to life in two weeks is a tribute to the team's skill, resourcefulness, and dedication. While much work remains, I am delighted with this important achievement.”

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