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Seagrave Deploys Mentor Graphics VeSys Software to Help Design, Manufacture and Service Fire Trucks for FDNY

WILSONVILLE, Ore., September 25, 2008 – Mentor Graphics Corporation (Nasdaq: MENT) today announced that Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC, manufacturers of heavy duty emergency fire and rescue vehicles, has used the Mentor VeSys® Electrical Series software to design, simulate and service the electrical wiring systems on its M2-FDNY model fire truck. Seagrave will deliver more than 70 of these trucks to FDNY over the next three years. The strong service documentation functionality of the VeSys software has helped Seagrave meet stringent FDNY specifications for electrical service manual documentation and after-sales service.

“Accuracy of service documentation is critical to this contract. VeSys not only helps us efficiently design and manufacture these trucks but the service functionality allows us to provide accurate service documents in full color, which is crucial,” said James Wilkinson, electrical engineering manager for Seagrave. “Typically there are around two miles of wiring in a fire truck, making it a huge design and engineering task. VeSys makes the design, engineering and servicing of these wiring systems easier and quicker while further improving quality.”

As a single source manufacturer, Seagrave integrates design, construction and assembly under one roof. The VeSys software helps Seagrave eliminate many hours of traditional engineering and prototyping activities to deliver its products to market faster.

“Seagrave’s application is an excellent example of design automation software bringing tangible business benefits to a company making products of value to the community,” said Nick Smith, product marketing director, Mentor Graphics Integrated Electrical Systems Division. “This project is an excellent example of how VeSys can reduce time to market and help to provide quality after sales service.”

About Mentor Graphics
Mentor Graphics Corporation (NASDAQ: MENT) is a world leader in electronic hardware and software design solutions, providing products, consulting services and award-winning support for the world’s most successful electronics and semiconductor companies. Established in 1981, the company reported revenues over the last 12 months of about $850 million and employs approximately 4,500 people worldwide. Corporate headquarters are located at 8005 S.W. Boeckman Road, Wilsonville, Oregon 97070-7777. World Wide Web site: http://www.mentor.com/.

About Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC
Seagrave Fire Apparatus, LLC offers one of the broadest lines of heavy duty custom fire fighting and rescue apparatus including aerials, aerial platforms, tractor-drawn aerials, pumpers and rescue units. Seagrave is used by many of the country’s largest fire departments, including New York City, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
Corporate headquarters are located at 105 East 12th Street, Clintonville, Wisconsin 54929 World Wide Web site: http://www.seagrave.com/.

Mentor Graphics and VeSys are registered trademarks of Mentor Graphics Corporation. All other company or product names are the registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:
James Price
Mentor Graphics
503.685.1778
james_price@mentor.com
Suzanne Graham
Mentor Graphics
503.685.7789
suzanne_graham @mentor.com

 
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