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ArvinMeritor Announces Intention to Close Cleveland, Ohio, Parts Distribution Facility
Remains committed to the Euclid brand

TROY, Mich., Sept 06, 2005 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) has announced its decision, through a letter of intent, to close its Mayfield Village (suburb of Cleveland), Ohio, commercial vehicle aftermarket distribution facility to streamline its North American parts distribution system. The closure is anticipated to be completed by June 2006.

All 79 of the facility's employees will be offered positions in the company's main parts distribution warehouse in Florence, Ky.

The 200,000 sq. ft. facility joined the ArvinMeritor family when the company acquired Euclid Industries in 1998 to broaden its aftermarket product and brand offerings. The Euclid parts brand -- highly-recognized by its yellow logo and packaging -- maintains one of the industry's strongest reputations for being the 'most trusted name in truck parts.'

"To remain the number one commercial truck-trailer parts supplier, we had to make this tough consolidation decision," stated Joe Mejaly, vice president and general manager of the company's Commercial Vehicle Aftermarket business. "Our first focus is our workforce at the Cleveland warehouse, who will be offered the opportunity to stay with the company, and second is to support and bolster our strong Euclid parts brand. Euclid is and will remain a mainstay of our aftermarket offerings, as we proudly serve thousands of loyal distributors."

Mejaly emphasized that the facility's closure will not impact the delivery of parts to its customers. "Neither our customers nor our entire dedicated workforce will accept one ounce of degradation in our customers' order fulfillment," he added.

During the next ten months, the company will begin transferring warehouse and operations processes to maintain the strong customer support.

The company also operates aftermarket facilities in Florence and Plainfield, Ind.; along with Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Europe.

ArvinMeritor's Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) business group posted more than $3.2 billion in sales during fiscal year 2004, and employs more than 8,500 people at 65 facilities in 19 countries. CVS is one of the industry leaders in supplying technologically advanced axle-braking and suspension systems solutions as original equipment for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, trailers, buses, coaches and specialty vehicles worldwide.

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier $8 billion global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and related aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 31,000 people at more than 120 manufacturing facilities in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at: http://www.arvinmeritor.com .

SOURCE ArvinMeritor, Inc.

Media Inquiries: D. Mike Pennington
+1-248-435-1933, mobile: +1-248-670-5736, david.pennington@arvinmeritor.com
or Investor Inquiries: Brian Casey, +1-248-435-0015, brian.casey@arvinmeritor.com
both of ArvinMeritor, Inc.

 
 
 
 
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