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BENTZ NAMED OMC VICE PRESIDENT

 WAUKEGAN, Ill., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Outboard Marine Corp. (NYSE: OM) (OMC) today announced that L. Earl Bentz has been elected a vice president of the corporation. He will retain the title of president of the OMC Fishing Boat Group, and will continue to have responsibility for manufacturing and marketing of OMC's Stratos, Javelin, Hydra-Sports and Quest brands of boats. He will continue to report directly to Robert D. Randolph, OMC's executive vice president and chief operating officer.
 Bentz joined OMC in 1987 when the company acquired Stratos Boats, Inc. Bentz was president of Stratos, which he founded in 1983.
 In 1988, he launched the Javelin bass boat line. The Stratos and Javelin brands together make OMC the largest manufacturer of these boats. Bentz expanded Stratos into production of offshore fishing boats in 1989. He was named president of the OMC Fishing Boat Group in 1991.
 Bentz entered boat manufacturing in 1975 in product development at Hydra-Sports Boats, then a privately held company specializing in bass boats. In 1977, he was instrumental in Hydra-Sports' entry into the offshore fishing boat market, which subsequently became the company's most important market segment. He was named vice president and general manager of Hydra-Sports in 1980, a position he held until he left the company in 1983.
 Bentz and his family reside in Nashville, Tenn.
 Outboard Marine Corp. is a leading international marketer of marine engines, boats, accessories and services.
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 /CONTACT: Ronald C. Kuykendall, manager-corporate communications of OMC, 708-689-5642/
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