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RELIANCE ELECTRIC PICKS HENDRIX FOR NEW POST

 RELIANCE ELECTRIC PICKS HENDRIX FOR NEW POST
 CLEVELAND, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Reliance Electric Company


(NYSE: REE) announced today that its board of directors has elected Leon J. (Bill) Hendrix Jr., executive vice president, to the additional post of chief operating officer effective today.
 Hendrix, 50, will be assuming responsibility for all operating units within the company except the Commercial Motion Control business. Hendrix will continue to report to John C. Morley, president and chief executive officer of Reliance. Hendrix has been with Reliance Electric for 19 years.
 Reporting to Hendrix in his new post will be Dudley P. Sheffler, Reliance vice president of operations and president, Reliance Comm/Tec; Albin A. (Al) Muren, vice president and general manager, Electrical Group; Joseph D. (Joe) Swann, vice president and general manager, Mechanical Group; and E. Scott Dalton, vice president, human resources and community affairs.
 Morley said, "With our recently completed initial public offering of common stock, we have confirmed our long term strategic direction to be an independent, publicly held, investment grade company. We are excited about the company's orientation and commitment to significant future growth and feel that these organizational changes will support that objective."
 Reliance Electric Company, headquartered in Cleveland, designs, manufactures, sells, and services a broad range of industrial and telecommunications equipment. Reliance operates 48 manufacturing plants worldwide, in nine countries, and employs approximately 14,000 people.
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 /CONTACT: P. Kelly Tompkins of Reliance Electric, 216-266-5809/
 (REE) CO: Reliance Electric Company ST: Ohio IN: TLS SU: PER


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