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This excerpt taken from the TFX 10-K filed Mar 9, 2005.
Strategic Initiatives and Recent Developments
     In 2004, we commenced a portfolio evaluation to identify businesses for divestiture, phase out or consolidation. We have engaged an investment banking firm to assist us in this process and to evaluate strategic alternatives for a major portion of the businesses that were identified as non-strategic in our evaluation process. As a result of the initial evaluations we completed the divestiture of six small, non-strategic businesses during the year — four in the Commercial Segment, one in the Medical Segment and one in the Aerospace Segment.
     On November 10, 2004, we announced the initiation of a restructuring and divestiture program designed to improve future operating performance and position us for earnings growth in the years ahead. The planned actions include exiting or divesting of non-core or underperforming businesses, consolidating manufacturing operations and reorganizing administrative functions to enable businesses to share services. In connection with the restructuring and divestiture program we announced plans to actively market and divest the automotive pedal systems business. For 2004 and comparable periods, the automotive pedal systems business has been presented in our consolidated financial results as a discontinued operation. We also announced plans to substantially exit the aftermarket services portion of the industrial gas turbine product line reported in our Aerospace Segment. In addition, we began a program to consolidate manufacturing facilities and continue to consolidate administrative functions to create shared services and further standardization of processes across the company.
     In January and February 2005, we completed the divestiture of three additional small product lines — one in the Commercial Segment and two in the Medical Segment. On February 28, 2005, we also completed a larger divestiture, the sale of our surface-engineering/ specialty coatings business. We anticipate recording a gain on the sale of $28-$32 million in the first quarter of 2005.



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