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Thomas J. Chaump
FCF Schmidt Public Relations



Parts, technical drawings available for maintenance and repair needs


February 19, 2003 (Norristown, PA) - Philadelphia Gear Corporation, a full-service provider of gearing and power transmission solutions, announces the availability of genuine renewal parts for Western Gear and WesTech gearing units.


Philadelphia Gear purchased the Western Gear and WesTech brands in 1996, and is the only proprietary source for genuine Western and WesTech parts. Western and WesTech gearing units are widely in use across the U.S., and can be found in virtually all heavy industrial and manufacturing applications.


"While many professionals are aware that Western Gear and WesTech

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are no longer in business, a large number of them are unaware that Philadelphia Gear owns the Western Gear and WesTech brands - including all renewal parts," comments Carl Rapp, President and CEO of Philadelphia Gear Corp. "Maintenance engineers -particularly those in the West Coast and Gulf Coast regions - can now have their Western Gear and WesTech units serviced using genuine parts, instead of relying on re-engineered parts."


Philadelphia Gear is also the only source for original drawings of Western and WesTech gearing units, allowing Philadelphia Gear engineers to better service and maintain Western and WesTech units. Digitally scanned versions of these drawings and bills of material will be available at each of Philadelphia Gear's five regional service centers by the end of 2003.


The inclusion of Western Gear and WesTech proprietary drawings represents an addition of over one million documents to Philadelphia Gear's already vast web-based library of electronic files. For more information on Western Gear and WesTech renewal parts, contact a Philadelphia Gear sales representative, or call 1- 800-766-5120.


A founding member of the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), Philadelphia Gear offers products and services found in use worldwide; from conveyor gear drives used in long wall coal mining operations, to emergency repair services critical to the power generation industries. 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, call 1-800-766-5120, fax 610-337-5637.




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