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WENGER CORPORATION NAMES COVEY AS PRESIDENT

 WENGER CORPORATION NAMES COVEY AS PRESIDENT
 Jerry Wenger to Remain Chairman of the Board
 OWATONNA, Minn., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Jerry Wenger has announced the appointment of Timothy P. Covey as president of The Wenger Corporation. Covey succeeds Jerry Wenger, who will remain chairman of the board. Covey will assume this position Sept. 1.
 Since 1987, Covey has been president of Mayville Metal Products Company, a $75 million company based in Mayville, Wis., with branches in Arizona and North Carolina. As president, Covey increased sales, earned top quality control awards from IBM, AT&T and GE, created and staffed a marketing department, and planned and developed the manufacturing facility in Raleigh, N.C.
 From 1984 to 1987, Covey was president of the gaming division of Bally Manufacturing Corporation in Chicago, a leading manufacturer of legalized gaming equipment and agent lottery terminals with sales of more than $65 million. While he was president, he increased profits through reducing costs and introducing a new video product line, which secured significant market share in one year.
 Other positions include president of the Emergency One Division in Ocala, Fla., (1983-1984), and president of Signal Products Division in University Park, Ill. (1981-1983), both for the Federal Signal Corporation. He has also been vice president of operations for Fullerton Industries in Chicago, and held various management positions for Elkay Manufacturing and General Electric Company.
 "We're delighted to have Tim join Wenger Corporation," said Jerry Wenger. "He brings strong management skills demonstrated by the growth experienced by every company under his leadership. He also shares the principles and values that Wenger Corporation has held to for 46 years. Those qualities, in addition to his hands-on familiarity with manufacturing companies, make him a valuable asset for our company.
 "For some time now," added Wenger, "I have looked forward to finding a president to assume the management of Wenger. As chairman, I will continue to represent the Wenger family's ongoing commitment to the company."
 Jerry Wenger joined Wenger Corporation in 1960 and worked for five years in a variety of sales, personnel, manufacturing and research-and- development positions. He was named general manager in 1965 and executive vice president in 1968. He succeeded his father and the company's founder, Harry Wenger, as president in 1970 and chairman of the board in 1983.
 Jerry Wenger was responsible for managing the company from a small direct-mail company with less than $1 million in sales to an international company employing more than 300 people with sales in excess of $30 million. He continued his father's tradition of inventiveness by remaining active in the research-and-development department of the company throughout his presidency.
 Wenger Corporation, based in Owatonna, is the world's leading manufacturer of furniture and equipment for music education and the performing arts, manufacturing more than 100 different products. Wenger Corporation has facilities in Owatonna and Blooming Prairie, Minn., as well as facilities in Canada and Belgium.
 Wenger's customers include most high schools and colleges in the United States, as well as performance halls, auditoriums and arenas. In the Twin Cities metropolitan area, customers include the World Theatre, the Ordway Music Theatre, Orchestra Hall and the Mall of America. Wenger has many other world-renowned customers such as the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera and London's Royal Albert Hall.
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 /CONTACT: Kari Wenger of The Wenger Corporation, 507-455-4100; or Helen Metz of Ketchum & Metz, 612-349-2727, for The Wenger Corporation/ CO: The Wenger Corporation ST: Minnesota IN: SU: PER


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