SOURCE: Plantronics, Inc.

Plantronics, Inc.

May 26, 2011 08:00 ET

Plantronics Thanks the Santa Cruz Area for Fifty Years of Support With a Community Celebration

SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) - Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) today announced it is hosting a community celebration at its Santa Cruz headquarters to thank the people and businesses of the surrounding area, as well as company employees, for their many years of support and community involvement. The event, which coincides with the company's 50th anniversary milestone, is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, and will feature prominent guest speakers from state and city government, area non-profit groups, and other local organizations.

For five decades Plantronics has helped people stay connected and simply communicate; from the headset worn by the first man on the moon to next generation mobile communication solutions that allow people to converse from nearly anywhere. In addition to special guest speakers, the festivities will also include tours of the corporate facility and a welcome reception hosted by Plantronics' President and CEO, Ken Kannappan.

"Plantronics is proud of its heritage and is happy to share its continued success with the community," said Ken Kannappan, president and chief executive officer, Plantronics. "The values and strengths that Plantronics has gotten from the community here have played a large role in our success. This event is Plantronics' way of opening its doors to those supporters in thanks, gratitude and celebration."

Scheduled speakers include Ryan Coonerty, Mayor of Santa Cruz; Willy Elliott-McCrea, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County; Virginia Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of Ecology Action; the Honorable Joe Simitian, California State Senator; and David Yager, Dean of the Arts, University of California, Santa Cruz. Immediately following the guest presentations, event attendees will have the option to take a tour of the corporate offices, including its renowned industrial design center, and its new solar panel installation.

As part of its ongoing commitment to the community, Plantronics regularly participates in activities such as food drives, product donations, employee fundraising, and volunteerism, in addition to making cash donations. These efforts benefit organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank, the United Way, Ecology Action, and numerous other local non-profits.

Additionally, Plantronics has made a major commitment in support of the environment with its recent installation of solar panels. Now fully operational, the company's solar installation is the largest in Santa Cruz County, and approximately 80% of the company's corporate site utility bill is expected to be offset by the energy it generates. On a related note, the company has also installed sun tubes throughout its headquarters which collect and redirect sunlight to provide more natural light within the building.

Also part of Plantronics' 50th anniversary milestone was the company's recent launch of new products designed to address evolving work styles and simplify workplace communications during an event at the New York Stock Exchange. The event, which included a webcast, featured customers, analysts and partners, who spoke about the changing communication needs of business professionals and their evolving work environments; including the emerging trend of offices and cubicles being replaced with flexible and mobile work environments. A replay of the event can be found here.

For press or others interested in attending the community event, advanced registration is required. Please contact Russ Castronovo as noted.

About Plantronics
Plantronics is a global leader in audio communications for businesses and consumers. We have pioneered new trends in audio technology for 50 years, creating innovative products that allow people to simply communicate. From Unified Communication solutions to Bluetooth® headsets, we deliver uncompromising quality, an ideal experience, and extraordinary service. Plantronics is used by every company in the Fortune 100, as well as 911 dispatch, air traffic control and the New York Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit or call (800) 544-4660.

Plantronics is a registered trademark of Plantronics, Inc.

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