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Press Release

Itron Wins Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award

Managing Automation Recognizes Itron for Operational Excellence

LIBERTY LAKE, Wash.—March 16, 2011—Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) announced today that it is a recipient of a Progressive Manufacturing 100 Award (PM100). Manufacturing Enterprise Communications, the parent company of Managing Automation, selected Itron as a winner in the operational excellence category for its innovative use of advanced technologies and effective business management.

Every year, Managing Automation recognizes 100 groundbreaking manufacturing companies from around the world. The winners are chosen based on their successful completion of projects that deliver demonstrable competitive advantage.

"Itron has invested in sophisticated technology to automate our production lines, streamline processes and increase production in order to meet customer demand, and to be acknowledged for operational excellence is a true honor for us,"said Mike Higgins, Itron general manager of operations in Oconee, South Carolina.

The PM100 winners will be presented with their awards at the Progressive Manufacturing Awards Gala on May 11, 2011 at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida.

"The projects that enabled these companies to become PM100 winners reflect great creativity and inventiveness, a determined willingness to take risks and an enduring resilience to continually improve every aspect of their business. These companies are leading the way to a better future," said David R. Brousell, editor-in-chief of Managing Automation Media, a Thomas Publishing Company, LLC publication.


About Itron

Itron enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working with our customers to ensure their success, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Itron is dedicated to creating a more resourceful world. Join us: www.itron.com.

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