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WILSON GREATBATCH FIRM WANTS TO CHANGE ITS NAME
CLARENCE FIRM'S NEW NAME WILL BE GREATBATCH INC.

Wilson Greatbatch Technologies, the Clarence medical device maker that was founded 35 years ago by pacemaker inventor Wilson Greatbatch, wants to change its name to Greatbatch Inc.

The name change, which will be voted on by the company's shareholders at its May 24 annual meeting, is designed to reflect the firm's broadened line of medical and commercial products, while maintaining a link to its founder, the company said.

If approved, the name change would be the second in the last eight years for the company, which was known as Wilson Greatbatch Ltd. until 1997, when it was acquired in a management buyout that led to the adoption of its current name, Wilson Greatbatch Technologies.

"The board has concluded that Wilson Greatbatch is more closely associated with his invention of the implantable cardiac pacemaker and related implantable batteries," the company, in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"The board believes that the name Greatbatch Inc. is more representative of the company's current broad technology offerings, while also sustaining the important link to Mr. Greatbatch," the proposal said.

Neither company officials nor Wilson Greatbatch could be reached to comment on Monday.

Over the years, the company has broadened its product offerings beyond making batteries for pacemakers, but also for other medical devices, such as implantable cardiac defibrillators.

The company also makes other components used in medical devices, such as capacitors, filtered feed throughs and enclosures. It also makes batteries and battery packs for commercial uses.

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