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Ipswich firm takes safety precautions

PUBLISHED: 15:30 13 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:31 03 March 2010

AMERICAN-based Agilent Technologies has increased security at all of its facilities in response to the tragic events in New York City and Washington, DC.

AMERICAN-based Agilent Technologies has increased security at all of its facilities in response to the tragic events in New York City and Washington, DC.

The company which has a major complex at Whitehouse in Ipswich, is not shutting down facilities company-wide but it has taken safety precautions.

Business travel in the United States has been cancelled until further notice and any decisions regarding travel outside the country will be determined and communicated locally, said Ned Barnholt, chief executive officer of the group.

Speaking from America, Mr Barnholt, said that from information available at this time, no Agilent employees were on any of the four planes that crashed.

"We do not have any information about Agilent family members, however. We will try to return to normal working conditions as soon as possible.

"The tragic news about the terrorist attacks New York City, Washington DC and elsewhere have shocked and saddened the world and all of us at Agilent." Mr Barnholt added.

Site manager at Ipswich, John Ure, said: "The management and staff at Agilent Technologies are deeply saddened and shocked by the tragic events of Tuesday. Everyone is trying to come to terms with what has happened, and out thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."

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