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TENNECO UNIT ANNOUNCES MAJOR RESTRUCTURING

 TENNECO UNIT ANNOUNCES MAJOR RESTRUCTURING
 HOUSTON, Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TGT) announced


today that its J I Case farm and construction equipment unit has reorganized its North American business into: Sales and Marketing, Manufacturing, and Engineering.
 "This is part of Tenneco's $2 billion action plan designed to help turn Case around and put this company on firm footing for the future," said Robert J. Carlson, Case chairman and chief executive officer.
 "Our ongoing restructuring efforts will reduce costs, improve customer service, streamline the organization and help us be more responsive to market dynamics," Carlson said. "By simplifying the overall structure of the company, we will dramatically improve accountability, communication and operational control, which should yield significant competitive advantages and help us achieve our goal of financial viability."
 The company said the new alignment is based on functional areas of responsibility rather than along divisional or product lines. The new structure replaces Case's two primary business groups -- Agricultural Equipment and Components, and Construction Equipment and Parts.
 The new organization positions Case to operate more effectively immediately, as well as when its restructuring is complete by the end of 1992.
 Tenneco announced last year that Case would eliminate 4,000 positions from its work force by the end of 1992 in addition to 5,000 positions reduced since late 1990. The action plan also includes plant closings and product line changes to be announced later. Tenneco recorded a restructuring charge in the third quarter to cover the costs of these measures.
 Named to manage the newly created functions are:
 -- Richard M. Christman, 41, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing - North America;
 -- Thomas E. Evans, 40, senior vice president, Manufacturing - North America; and
 -- Kenneth Q. Kessler, 60, senior vice president, Engineering - Worldwide.
 In addition, Theodore R. French, 37, was promoted to senior vice president and chief financial officer.
 Christman, Evans and Kessler report to Edward J. Campbell, Case president. French reports to Peter Menikoff, executive vice president.
 Tenneco Inc. is a Houston-based diversified industrial corporation with major business interests in natural gas pipelines, farm and construction equipment, shipbuilding, automotive parts, packaging, chemicals and minerals.
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 /CONTACT: Christine LeLaurin of Tenneco, 713-757-2761, or Richard C. James Jr. of J I Case, 414-636-6668/
 (TGT) CO: Tenneco Inc.; J I Case ST: Texas, Wisconsin IN: MAC SU: RCN


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