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FAYETTE TUBULAR PRODUCTS APPOINTS MANAGING DIRECTOR TO HEAD NEW EUROPEAN MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS; EUROPEAN SALES REPRESENTATIVE ALSO APPOINTED

 TROY, Mich., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Fayette Tubular Products, Inc. (FTP) has announced an international expansion program involving a new manufacturing facility in England, and the appointment of David A. Brightwell as managing director of the new European operations.
 Also appointed to assist Brightwell as European sales representative is Mike Bainbridge, a veteran sales engineer with more than 20 years' executive-level experience in supplying the European automakers.
 FTP is a leading supplier of engineered automotive air conditioning hose and tube assemblies, with world headquarters, research and development and product engineering facilities located in Troy.
 According to George Mach, vice president of sales and marketing, the new British-based operation will develop and supply air conditioner hose and tube assemblies and related products for customers throughout Europe.
 Current plans call for FTP's European product design center, and prototyping and sampling facility to be in operation early this fall.
 FTP's manufacturing facility will become operational early in 1994 to service an existing major customer on continental Europe, Mach noted.
 Brightwell is a well-known automotive air conditioning engineering specialist, who has spent the past 26 years with Ford of Europe.
 For the past 10 years, he held key positions with Ford of Europe's Climate Control Operations, most recently as European product engineering manager.
 Prior to that, he was manager of simultaneous engineering, with responsibility for product and process design for all of the Ford Climate Control Operations products in Europe, including aluminum A/C hose and tube assemblies.
 Brightwell spent all of his career with Ford of Europe, except for a one-year assignment in the United States, as manager of the Ford Thunderbird/Mark VIII platform program in 1989-90.
 He holds patents issued in both Europe and the United States for products he has developed.
 Brightwell earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from North East London Polytechnic/East London University.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Powers, marketing associate, Fayette Tubular Products, 313-597-3609/
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