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ROYAL APPOINTS MICHAEL J. MERRIMAN CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

 ROYAL APPOINTS MICHAEL J. MERRIMAN CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
 CLEVELAND, March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Appliance Manufacturing Co. (NASDAQ: RVAC) announced today that Michael J. Merriman has been appointed chief financial officer. Merriman will assume the duties of chief fianancial officer, treasurer and secretary on May 1, and will report directly to John Balch, president.
 "Mike Merriman brings with him tremendous expertise in managing fast-growth companies and that's exactly what we need while Royal is still in our 'rocketship phase'," said Balch. "We found someone with the right chemistry, and someone who will easily pick up where Rick Goebel left off. I'm very pleased to bring him on board.
 Royal will continue to be served by the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. Merriman will replace Rick Goebel, who is leaving for another opportunity.
 Merriman, 35, has spent the past 14 years with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Cleveland, where he was admitted to partnership in 1990. Merriman was a part of Arthur Andersen's Enterprise Group, consulting with small to mid-sized, rapidly growing companies, some with operations overseas. He also headed the Cleveland office's Business Systems Consulting division, and specialized in auditing, operational productivity and mergers and acquisitions.
 Merriman was assigned by Arthur Andersen as senior auditor on the Royal account in 1981. It was then that he met Balch. "He made a lasting impression on me," Merriman said. "I knew then that John was turning around what was a sleepy company by focusing on his customers, introducing new products, and promoting them in a first-rate fashion. Now I'll be part of his team."
 Merriman added, "I look forward to maintaining the impressive financial organization and continuing the fast-paced growth that Royal is experiencing."
 Merriman graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from John Carroll University in 1978. A certified public accountant, Merriman serves on the board of directors of the Ohio Society of CPAs. He also serves on the community board of the West Side Ecumenical Ministry, as well as the United Way allocations board. Merriman, his wife Libby, and their three children reside in Bainbridge, Ohio.
 Royal Appliance, which became publicly held in August 1991, manufactures the popular line of Dirt Devil(R) vacuum cleaners. Founded in 1905, it is one of the oldest vacuum manufacturing companies in America. The company, which grew from $6 million in sales in 1982 to more than $273 million in 1991, expects sales to be around $350 million in 1992.
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 /CONTACT: John Balch, president of Royal Appliance Manufacturing, 216-449-6150, or Edward Stevens of Dix & Eaton, 216-241-0405, for Royal Appliance/
 (RVAC) CO: Royal Appliance Manufacturing Co. ST: Ohio IN: MAC SU: PER


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