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WICKES COMPANIES INC. NAMES DAVID J. MCKITTRICK VICE CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 WICKES COMPANIES INC. NAMES DAVID J. MCKITTRICK VICE CHAIRMAN
 AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
 SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- David J. McKittrick has been named vice chairman and chief operating officer of Wickes Companies Inc. McKittrick is currently senior vice president, chief financial officer of James River Corp.
 James R. Birle, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer of Wickes, said, "We are delighted to bring a top-notch financial executive like Dave McKittrick on board. In his capacity as chief operating officer of Wickes, Dave will focus on the near-term issues affecting the company and will pursue any financing opportunities that may arise to further strengthen the company's balance sheet. The existing operating management structure of the company's four principal business units, Collins & Aikman Textiles and Wallcoverings, Kayser-Roth Hosiery, Builders Emporium and Wickes Engineering, will remain unchanged." According to Robert B. McKeon, co-chairman and co-chief executive officer, "This will permit Jim Birle and me to focus on longer term strategic issues of the company." Birle and McKeon will continue to serve as co-chairmen and co-chief executive officers of Wickes.
 Wickes Companies Inc. is a broad-based specialty manufacturing and retailing company whose businesses serve the automotive and industrial products, home improvement and wallcoverings and textile markets.
 Wickes Companies Inc. is indirectly jointly owned by Blackstone Capital Partners L.P. and Wasserstein Perella Partners L.P.
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 /CONTACT: James R. Birle, co-chairman and co-CEO, 212-836-9847 or 310-452-9550, or Robert B. McKeon, co-chairman and co-CEO, 212-969-2750, both of Wickes Companies/ CO: Wickes Companies Inc. ST: California IN: REA SU: PER


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