THREE GENERAL CABLE PLANTS ARE FINIALISTS IN INDUSTRYWEEK’S 2005 BEST PLANTS COMPETITION

ALL ARE COMPETING TO BE ONE OF THE 10 BEST MANUFACTURING PLANTS IN NORTH AMERICA

Highland Heights, Kentucky – June 21, 2005 – General Cable’s (NYSE: BGC) has been advised by INDUSTRYWEEK, the leading manufacturing management magazine, that three of its 19 North American plants have been selected as finalists in the publication's annual Best Plants competition. The Company’s Indianapolis, Indiana; Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada; and Tetla, Tlaxcala, Mexico plants received this manufacturing excellence honor.

“To have three General Cable plants represented on the INDUSTRYWEEK Top 25 list in a single year is an outstanding achievement,” said Larry Fast, Senior Vice President, North American Operations. “The introduction of Lean Manufacturing over five years ago, combined with Six-Sigma quality improvement tools, continues to drive major improvements throughout our Company.”

To be considered in this prestigious competition plants throughout North America documented and reported practices and performance in such categories as: benchmarking; community involvement; customer and supplier relations; employee relations; environmental and safety programs; inventory management; manufacturing operations and flexibility; market results; productivity; quality; and use of technology. Only 25 were chosen. It is from this list of 25 finalists that INDUSTRYWEEK will select the 10 winners of the 2005 Best Plants competition, which will be officially announced in the magazine’s October issue.

A press release recently issued by INDUSTRYWEEK stated, “The 2005 Best Plants finalists demonstrate a wealth of common characteristics including outstanding performances and a dedication to continuous improvement that starts but doesn't end at the plant floor.”
“This manufacturing excellence achievement recognizes the world-class manufacturing capabilities of the Company’s Indianapolis, Moose Jaw and Tetla plants as well as a mindset of continuous improvement shared by all General Cable associates worldwide,” continued Fast. “These three outstanding manufacturing facilities named this year join General Cable’s Malvern, Arkansas and Altoona, Pennsylvania plants as honorees. The Malvern plant received this recognition in 2001 and 2002. Our Altoona plant achieved it in 2003, and went on to earn the title of One of the Top 10 Plants in North America.”

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency. Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Visit our website at www.GeneralCable.com


Release No. 0472
06/21/05