Symmetry Medical Confirms Minor Fire at Sheffield, UK Manufacturing Plant

WARSAW, Ind., March 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Symmetry Medical Inc. (NYSE:SMA), a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, confirmed published reports that a minor electrical fire occurred at its Sheffield, UK manufacturing plant during the evening of Saturday, March 8, 2014. The fire was confined to the temporary Acid Shop, with damage limited to 3 tanks of a line of 9 tanks. Local authorities have confirmed that the temporary Acid Shop's structure remains intact and sound. Further, there was no damage to any other section of the plant. No Symmetry employees or first responders were injured as a result of the fire, which was controlled quickly.

The Acid Shop functions in conjunction with the Company's forging operation at the Sheffield Plant. Post forging, parts are immersed in acidic baths to facilitate removal of material from the forging process. Accordingly, the fire will not impact the forges or other operations at the plant, although throughput may be delayed as the new tanks are validated. Refurbishment work has already begun, and it appears that the line will be repaired, validated and operational in early April. The Company projects little financial impact beyond a delay in revenue from first quarter 2014 to second quarter 2014 of approximately $1 million.

Thomas J. Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Symmetry Medical, stated, "Thanks to the rapid response of our security team and the local fire brigade, this minor fire was contained to one of the lines in our temporary Acid Shop. Sheffield customers were notified on March 10th, we are working to minimize customer disruption through our business continuity plan, and all customers will continue to receive timely updates from the Symmetry team. We expect to have the line back in service within a relatively short period, pending any necessary customer validations."

About Symmetry Medical Inc.

Symmetry Medical Inc. is a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays. The Company's thousands of Teammates provide design, development and worldwide production capabilities for these products to customers in the orthopedic industry, other medical device markets, and specialized non-healthcare markets. Symmetry's trusted reputation and brands, broad Intellectual Property portfolio and commitment to innovation enable it to collaborate with hundreds of global medical device manufacturers as well as thousands of hospitals to provide solutions for today's needs and tomorrow's growth.

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CONTACT: Symmetry Medical Inc. Fred L. Hite Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer (574) 371-2218 Investors: The Ruth Group Zack Kubow (646) 536-7020 zkubow@theruthgroup.comSource:Symmetry Medical Inc.