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Greatbatch, Inc. and Buffalo Bills Team Up to “Sack Heart Disease”

August 24 2010

Clarence, N.Y.― Greatbatch, Inc. announces that it is teaming up with the Buffalo Bills to support the American Heart Association. For each sack the Buffalo Bills record during each home game of the 2010 season, Greatbatch will donate $400 to the American Heart Association. The program, which kicks-off Sunday, August 28, 2010 when the Buffalo Bills play the Cincinnati Bengals, will run through the 2010 season.

“As Greatbatch celebrates 40 years of scientific advancements, it’s important for us to reflect on how far the industry has progressed, and the life-saving and life-enhancing improvements that have been made because of partnerships and programs like this.” said Mauricio Arellano, senior vice president of cardiac & neurology, Greatbatch Medical. “We’re excited to help bring awareness to and support people living healthier lives.”

“The Bills and Greatbatch share a partnership where we both strongly support the American Heart Association,” said Bruce Popko, Bills senior vice president of business development. “Through the Sack Heart Disease program, the Bills and Greatbatch have created a unique football-driven heart disease awareness campaign that will help increase donations to the American Heart Association.”

In addition to Greatbatch’s donation, fans will be able to donate online at the AHA web site: http://heartwalk.kintera.org/buffalony/sackheartdisease. Fans are encouraged to donate and for each donation to the program they will be entered into a drawing for a Bills-related prize.

At the end of the season, a check will be presented to the American Heart Association by a Buffalo Bills player at the Greatbatch’s Global Headquarters & Holmes R&D Center, located in Clarence, N.Y.

About the American Heart Association
Founded in 1924, the American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. To help prevent, treat and defeat these diseases — America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers — it funds cutting-edge research, conducts lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocates to protect public health. To learn more or join in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.americanheart.org.

About The Buffalo Bills
Founded in 1959, the Buffalo Bills are one of the most storied franchises in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills have won two American Football League (AFL) Championships (1964 - 1965) and won an NFL record four straight AFC Championships (1990 - 1993) that included four trips to the Super Bowl. The Bills are a progressive organization and pride themselves on the regionalization of their team. They hold their training camp in Rochester, NY and were the first NFL team ever to play a home game in Canada with the Bills Toronto Series that began in 2008. As Western New York’s top-rated sports and entertainment choice, the Bills annually entertain nearly one million fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium, produce the region’s number-one rated sports television programming, have one of the NFL’s largest fan clubs with the Bills Backers, and host the most visited team website in Western New York. Under the guidance of newly elected Hall of Fame member and original team founder, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the Bills will celebrate their 50th Season in 2009. For more Bills information, visit buffalobills.com or call (716) 648-1800.

About Greatbatch
Greatbatch, Inc. (NYSE: GB) provides critical technologies to industries that depend on reliable, long lasting performance through its brands Greatbatch Medical and Electrochem. Greatbatch Medical develops and manufactures vital technologies used in medical devices for the cardiac rhythm management, neuromodulation, vascular access and orthopaedic markets. Electrochem is a world leader in the design and manufacture of battery and wireless sensing technology solutions for industrial applications. For additional information on Greatbatch, visit www.greatbatch.com.

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Kathryn Tarquin
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