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Thomas J. Chaump
FCF Schmidt Public Relations
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PHILADELPHIA GEAR CREATES MARINE
PROGRAM BUSINESS UNIT

Jules DeBaecke, General Manager, to oversee growth of marine program business

 

February 1, 2002 (Norristown, PA) - Philadelphia Gear Corporation, a full-service provider of gearing and power transmission solutions, announces the creation of its Marine Program Business Unit, as well as the promotion of Jules DeBaecke, 57, to the position of General Manager for this new unit.

 

DeBaecke is responsible for the profitability and growth of marine program business, maintaining and enhancing Philadelphia Gear's leadership role within the industry. This is consistent with Philadelphia Gear's goal of providing customers with a broad offering of power transmission equipment lifecycle support products and services.

 
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DeBaecke is responsible for the profitability and growth of marine program business, maintaining and enhancing Philadelphia Gear's leadership role within the industry. This is consistent with Philadelphia Gear's goal of providing customers with a broad offering of power transmission equipment lifecycle support products and services.

 

"Jules DeBaecke's wealth of experience in the marine industry - both with Philadelphia Gear and through his work with the U.S. Navy - makes him the ideal candidate to manage this new business unit," comments Carl Rapp, President and CEO, Philadelphia Gear Corporation. "I am confident Jules will utilize this expertise to ensure our continued success in the industry."

 

DeBaecke joined Philadelphia Gear in 1981 as Engineering Design Manager for the Synchrotorque (hydroviscous clutch) and Marine Divisions, as well as Manager of Production Engineering for all products. Since then, his expertise in the marine industry has benefited him in positions as Product Manager for the marketing and sales of Marine, Hydroviscous Clutch, Test Stand, Material Handling and High Speed product lines; Marketing Manager; and Vice President of Engineering.

 

Prior to 1981, DeBaecke was employed by the Naval Ship Engineering Center, Philadelphia Division, where he was responsible for research, development, testing and evaluation of U.S. Naval main propulsion equipment, as well as fleet machinery maintenance worldwide for this equipment. At the project level, he was recognized as the U.S. Navy's clutch expert for equipment installed on Naval vessels including gas turbine driven cruisers and destroyers, nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers.

 

DeBaecke holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife in Upper Providence Township, Pennsylvania.

 

A founding member of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), Philadelphia Gear products can be found in use worldwide; from enclosed gear drives used in the oil fields of Saudi Arabia, to speed reducing units helping power the cable cars of San Francisco. The company serves thousands of customers across the globe from its regional service and manufacturing facilities in New Castle, DE; Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; and Los Angeles, CA. Philadelphia Gear is headquartered in Norristown, PA.

 

For more information on Philadelphia Gear Corporation, call 1-800-766-5120, or fax 610-337-5637.

 


 

   
 
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