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ROCKWELL'S SUSPENSIONS COMPANY NEARS COMPLETION OF NEW PLANT AND REPORTS NEW ORDERS

 ROCKWELL'S SUSPENSIONS COMPANY NEARS COMPLETION OF NEW PLANT
 AND REPORTS NEW ORDERS
 TROY, Mich., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International Suspension Systems Company (RISSC) said that it is completing construction and facilitization of a new automotive suspension systems plant. It also announced that the new unit has received new orders for torsion bars, stabilizer bars and suspension coil springs.
 The new 54,000-square-foot plant, located in Hopkinsville, Ky., will begin shipping torsion bars to several customers in June, according to J. Douglas Lamb, president of RISSC.
 The new facility complements Rockwell's existing torsion bar plant in Chatham, Ontario, Lamb noted.
 "We have been successful in earning new torsion bar orders which will keep both plants very active in the foreseeable future," Lamb said.
 "Initially, the Hopkinsville plant will supply torsion bars to light-truck customers which operate assembly plants within the region," he said.
 Orders for Tubular Stabilizer Bars
 Lamb said RISSC has received new orders to supply torsion bars, stabilizer bars and suspension coil springs to several major automakers in various programs that include some 1995-model-year vehicles.
 The new business includes several lightweight tubular stabilizer bars for suspension system applications on the Mazda MX6, 626 and Ford Probe, which are assembled at Mazda's plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
 RISSC also has begun supplying front and rear tubular stabilizer bar assemblies for Chrysler's new luxury sports car, the Viper.
 Another new tubular stabilizer bar program will be launched this year for the 1993 model of a popular performance vehicle.
 All of the tubular stabilizer bars are produced at the Chatham plant, using a friction welding process to fit and seal the bars with various bar-end attachments.
 Lamb also noted that RISSC has launched production of a new rear stabilizer bar assembly for 1992 Cadillac Seville and Eldorado models and the 1993 Cadillac Allante. Similar stabilizer bar assemblies will be phased in on other Cadillac models to cover the complete Cadillac lineup.
 Heavy-Duty Truck Stabilizer Bars
 RISSC also has been awarded contracts by three customers to supply stabilizer bars for heavy-duty truck, bus and military vehicle suspensions. The new programs give RISSC strong entry into the heavy- duty vehicle suspension systems market.
 The heavy-duty stabilizer bars are being developed and produced at the Chatham plant.
 Suspension Coil Springs
 Lamb also said that RISSC was awarded a contract to develop and supply all four suspension coil springs for the new Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee, which is now in production at Chrysler's all-new Jefferson North assembly plant in Detroit.
 The rear springs are part of a five-link coil suspension system, developed to provide smoother ride and handling. They are formed from alloy steel and have high-performance loadings to maximize efficiency.
 Lamb also noted that RISSC has been awarded 100 percent of the coil spring business for Chrysler's new L-H program, and will provide all four suspension springs for the new Chrysler New Yorker and Concorde, Dodge Intrepid and Eagle Vision models when they debut on the 1993 models this year.
 The suspension coil springs will be produced at RISSC's spring plant in Milton, Ontario.
 The Milton plant also is supplying high-performance suspension modules for all four wheels on Chrysler's new Viper luxury sports car. The modules include specially designed small-diameter suspension coil springs fitted over gas-charged shock absorbers.
 At the current time, Lamb said, RISSC is supplying suspension system products to virtually every North American automaker, including the newly established Japanese and Korean-affiliated vehicle manufacturers.
 Rockwell International Suspensions Systems Company is a Rockwell joint venture with Mitsubishi Steel Manufacturing Company, and operates as a unit of Rockwell's Automotive Body and Chassis Systems.
 Rockwell International (NYSE: ROK) is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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 /CONTACT: R.H. Pacini of Rockwell International, 313-435-1752/
 (ROK) CO: Rockwell International Suspensions Systems Company;
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