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    Giant Industries Gets Broadband

    Company anticipates reduced expenses and increased efficiency.

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giant Industries Inc., a refiner and marketer of petroleum products, has upgraded its satellite network, migrating to Hughes Network Systems LLC's Direcway broadband service at 127 of its retail locations.

    The upgrade will allow Giant to reduce the number of phone lines at each of its retail locations, eliminate the complexities of doing business with multiple vendors, reduce expenses associated with maintaining a dial-up Internet connection at each retail location and increase the speed and efficiency of communications from remote sites to corporate headquarters.

    Giant selected packetPointe Communications Inc. for the installation, monitoring and management of the broadband network.

    "We researched a number of solutions and ultimately decided to go with DIRECWAY," said Carol Tecklenburg, Giant's retail information systems manager. "Not only is Direcway cost effective, but it will also allow us to connect all of our remote sites with one technology and one vendor."

    Giant owns and operates one Virginia and two New Mexico crude oil refineries; a crude oil gathering pipeline system based in Farmington, N.M., which services the New Mexico refineries; finished products distribution terminals in Albuquerque, N.M., and Flagstaff, Ariz.; a fleet of crude oil and finished product truck transports; and a chain of retail service station/convenience stores in New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona. Giant is also the parent company of Phoenix Fuel Co. Inc., an Arizona wholesale petroleum products distributor.

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