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Ball Aerospace Names Tim Harris Vice President and General Manager for National Defense

September 11, 2012

BOULDER, Colo., September 11, 2012 - Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has selected Tim Harris to lead its national defense strategic business unit. As vice president and general manager for national defense, Harris will oversee programs and direct new business pursuits.

Harris has more than 30 years of design, manufacturing, project and systems engineering and program management experience. Since joining Ball Aerospace in 1996, he has served as director of business development for defense programs, and program director for several demanding mission areas including the Space Based Space Surveillance program, a Ball satellite launched in 2010 to track space debris. He has been instrumental in establishing Ball as an industry leader in space missions, space-based sensors and high performance star trackers.

“Tim has been a major contributor to Ball’s success in recent years,” said Rob Strain, Ball Aerospace’s chief operating officer. “He has developed significant new business opportunities, led strong program performance and enhanced customer relationships, proving that he’s the right person to lead the company’s national security space programs.”

In 2011, Harris was recognized with the Gabe Award, the company’s highest honor, to acknowledge his continuous outstanding professional service and successful ability to enhance competitiveness while producing an exemplary body of work. A former Ball Aerospace president, R.H. ‘Gabe’ Gablehouse is credited with spearheading the company’s significant growth in the 1970s and 1980s.

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. supports critical missions for national agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft, advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more information visit www.ballaerospace.com.

Ball Corporation (NYSE:BLL) is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com.


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This release contains "forward-looking" statements concerning future events and financial performance. Words such as "expects," "anticipates, " "estimates" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Key risks and uncertainties are summarized in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Exhibit 99.2 in our Form 10-K, which are available on our website and at www.sec.gov. Factors that might affect our packaging segments include fluctuation in product demand and preferences;
availability and cost of raw materials; competitive packaging availability, pricing and substitution; changes in climate and weather; crop yields;
competitive activity; failure to achieve anticipated productivity improvements or production cost reductions; mandatory deposit or other restrictive packaging laws; changes in major customer or supplier contracts or loss of a major customer or supplier; political instability and sanctions; and changes in foreign exchange rates or tax rates. Factors that might affect our aerospace segment include: funding, authorization, availability and returns of government and commercial contracts; and delays, extensions and technical uncertainties affecting segment contracts. Factors that might affect the company as a whole include those listed plus: accounting changes; changes in senior management; the
recent global recession and its effects on liquidity, credit risk, asset values and the economy; successful or unsuccessful acquisitions; regulatory action or laws including tax, environmental, health and workplace safety, including U.S. FDA and other actions affecting products filled in our containers, or chemicals or substances used in raw materials or in the manufacturing process; governmental investigations; technological developments and innovations; goodwill impairment; antitrust, patent and other litigation; strikes; labor cost changes; rates of return projected and earned on assets of the company's defined benefit retirement plans; pension changes; uncertainties surrounding the U.S. government budget and debt limit; reduced cash flow; interest rates affecting our debt; and changes to unaudited results due to statutory audits or other effects.

 

 

 

 

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