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KING BEARING ENTERS CHICAGO MARKET;

 CHICAGO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- King Bearing, Inc., part of America's leading independent distributor of plant maintenance and repair products, today announced it will enter the Chicago market with a chain of branches positioned to deliver new levels of service and capability to local industrial companies.
 "Chicago is the very heart of American manufacturing, and its requirements for replacement components are among the most demanding anywhere," said President and Chief Operating Officer John C. Robinson. "Our philosophy is to help make these plants more efficient and competitive by going the extra mile to keep them running.
 "Bearings, motors, belting and simie?nts are what we sell. But our real product is the productive 'uptime' of the factories that use them."
 King Bearing's first local branch will open Tuesday, July 6, at 281 South Frontage Rd., near the intersection of I-55 and Illinois 83, in Burr Ridge. The 17,500-square-foot location will include a fully stocked inventory of replacement bearings, power transmission components and related specialty items, as well as a convenient retail display area offering tools, caulks, sealants and other everyday maintenance supplies.
 In October, a second branch is scheduled to open at 1500 Higgins Rd., near I-90 and Illinois 83, in Elk Grove Village. In all, up to six Chicago area branches are planned for the next two years.
 "Beyond our actual physical locations, we will be out in the field serving customers throughout Chicagoland," Robinson said. "We recognize how costly and destructive plant downtime can be. So King Bearing representatives will be in constant contact with our branch-based computer systems to find the right part wherever it may be, and then have it rush delivered to a customer's location."
 As a reflection of this philosophy, King has adopted the slogan "Makin' It Work In Chicago" for its business here. "Keeping plants running, keeping companies competitive and keeping Chicagoans productively employed is what it's all about," said Robinson. "We intend to be our customers' partners in success."
 Aside from fully stocked inventories and quick delivery, King services will include applied-knowledge technical assistance for customers; 24-hour emergency availability; in-plant stocking of commonly needed parts; and sophisticated computerized searching for rare and unusual components.
 King's Chicago staff will be headed by Henry R. Bourassa, director of operations. He will be supported by Dave A. Cummins, territory sales manager, Mark Burchett, district operations manager, and Jay W. Ohlinger and Chris W. Duval, account representatives.
 King Bearing -- with branches in California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico -- is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bearings, Inc. (NYSE: BER). Headquartered in Cleveland, and publicly traded on the NYSE (BER), Bearings, Inc. will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 1993. Bearings, Inc. also operates as Dixie Bearings and Bruening Bearings. The company's sales in 1992 exceeded $817 million. The 3,900 BI employees serve their customers through 320 branch locations, seven regional distribution centers and 18 shop locations in 37 states.
 Nationwide, the company's branches stock more than 500,000 individual parts and components made by more than 500 manufacturers.
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 /CONTACT: Richard C. Shaw of King Bearing, 216-881-2838, or Jim Sluzewski of Liggett-Stashower Public Relations, 216-348-8500, for King Bearing/
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