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Rich Bardellini Promoted to General Manager of NHBB Astro Division

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April 6, 2015 (Laconia, NH): New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. (NHBB) and the Rod End and Fastener Business Unit (REF BU) are pleased to announce the promotion of Richard Bardellini to executive vice president of R&S North America and general manager of the NHBB Astro Division in Laconia, New Hampshire.

As of April first, Bardellini is directly accountable for Astro’s business performance plus he is overseeing the Division’s integration into the REF BU. He is also responsible for ensuring Astro’s cooperation with the commercial and compliance activities of New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. under the leadership of the new president, Dan Lemieux.

This formal succession follows the transfer of NHBB Astro to Minebea’s Rod End and Fastener Business Unit, which took place on July 1, 2014. The move consolidated Minebea’s entire rod end bearing operations in Japan, Asia, Europe, and the United States under the same management structure, which is intended to strengthen and expand the business by taking advantage of the comprehensive strengths of these operations.

Bardellini has worked for NHBB for twenty-two years. For the past seven years, he served as vice president of manufacturing and was responsible for operations at NHBB’s three manufacturing divisions, which, in addition to the Astro Division, includes the HiTech Division in Peterborough, New Hampshire and the Precision Division in Chatsworth, California. Prior to his promotion to VP of manufacturing in 2007, Bardellini was operations manager of the Astro Division.

Bardellini holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of New Hampshire, and a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from Six Sigma Qualtec.

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