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Vinnie Dasari and Thomas Dupaski Named to New Positions at The Timken Company.

CANTON, Ohio, July 6 /PRNewswire/ --

Vinnie K. Dasari has been named corporate vice president - manufacturing transformation at The Timken Company. In this new position, Mr. Dasari heads up the company's Manufacturing Strategy Implementation Team on a full-time basis. Previously, he also was serving as president - rail.

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Earlier this year the company entered Phase II of its transformation, emphasizing a strategic refocusing of its manufacturing operations. This refocusing of operations is the responsibility of the Manufacturing Strategy Implementation Team, which receives overall guidance and direction from a steering committee comprised of the business units and center heads.

"The change in Vinnie's title and responsibilities definitely reflects the importance we are placing on accelerating the pace of the second phase of our transformation," said James W. Griffith, president and chief operating officer. "The current economic situation reinforces the need for our transformation and its objectives: increasing global reach, strengthening customer centricity, accelerating innovation, reducing asset base and increasing growth. This is an exciting chapter in our history as we accelerate the transformation to better serve our customers, associates and stakeholders worldwide."

Thomas S. Dupaski has been named to succeed Mr. Dasari as head of the company's Rail business unit.

"An integral part of the second phase of our transformation is rationalizing operations to reduce our asset base and improve service to customers," said Jim. "Part of that process is the closing of our Columbus Railroad Bearing Plant. Tom will use his extensive manufacturing skills to face the current challenge of relocating the assets from the Columbus plant to other Timken facilities. This is a very critical time for the Rail business. We believe Tom can bring this fast-paced restructuring to a successful completion and get the business heading in a positive direction."

The relocation of rail assets will bolster the Rail business' ability to better serve customers by capitalizing on the synergy of shared manufacturing, technology and administrative services.

Mr. Dasari started with the company in 1992 as a senior bearing business analyst in Canton. He held positions of manager - cup operations - small industrial bearings - Canton and project manager - global industrial segment. In addition, Mr. Dasari also held positions of director - manufacturing and technology at Timken India Limited, in Jamshedpur, India, and managing director - Timken India Limited. Prior to joining the company, he spent five years with General Electric in various businesses focusing on manufacturing.

Mr. Dasari received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Louisville, a master's degree in engineering management from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and a master's degree in business administration from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mr. Dupaski started his career with the company in 1968 as an industrial engineering trainee in Canton. He held many positions there, including chief quality control engineer - Canton District, manager - product and process compliance - bearing operations and project manager - UNIPAC?PLUS development. In 1986, Mr. Dupaski was named manager of the company's Gaffney Bearing Plant in Gaffney, South Carolina. He also held positions of director-president - Timken do Brasil, managing director - Nihon Timken, vice president - Asia Pacific and vice president - global operations & technology - rail, his most recent position.

A native of Columbia Station, Ohio, Mr. Dupaski earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Ohio State University.

The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) ( ) is a leading international manufacturer of highly engineered bearings, alloy and specialty steels and components, as well as a provider of related products and services. With operations in 24 countries, the company employs about 20,000 people worldwide and recorded 2000 sales of U.S. $2.6 billion.

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