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Thomas J. Chaump
FCF Schmidt Public Relations



New equipment, key employee additions strengthen repair and maintenance capabilities


July 30, 2003 (Hueytown, AL) - Philadelphia Gear Corporation, a full-service provider of gearing and power transmission solutions, announces the upgrading of its Southeast Service Center to include grinding and gear checking capabilities. The facility, located in Birmingham, now offers full-service and maintenance capabilities for Philadelphia Gear customers throughout the southeastern United States.


The Birmingham facility, the newest of Philadelphia Gear's five regional service centers strategically located across the U.S., will continue to provide the rapid repair and overhaul response the facility was previously offering, in addition to full-service maintenance capabilities.

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New to the facility are a Hofler 1250 gear grinder and a Maag 130 electronic gear checker, as well as several accompanying support pieces of equipment. Existing technical capabilities include 14,000 square feet of workspace and a 25-ton crane capacity. These additions, along with the hiring of several key employees, will put the Birmingham facility at the forefront of the aftermarket gear repair industry while reinforcing Philadelphia Gear's mission of complete customer service and satisfaction.


The driving force behind the equipment and personnel upgrades has been a team commitment to supplying engineering solutions, manufacturing and technical services, all while focusing on reducing customer downtime and long term operating expense. "The end user is beginning to recognize the value of higher quality and more serviceable pieces of equipment - this equates to more reliable, less expensive operations of drives and components," said Greg Stephenson, Engineer Manager for Philadelphia Gear.


The Birmingham location affords Philadelphia Gear access to the many manufacturing and industrial centers throughout the South, as well as faster, more timely response to business opportunities that in the past would have been sent to Philadelphia Gear facilities in New Castle, DE, or Houston, TX. The facility services several regional companies, including Drummond Coal, Lehigh Portland Cement, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, National Cement, USX, and Alabama Power.


The facility, like all other Philadelphia Gear regional service centers, has Internet-based access to Philadelphia Gear's world-class Engineering and Technical Center in Norristown, PA and its vast library containing millions of drawings, engineering standards, and manufacturing process standards. <


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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