Announcement--Middleby Philippines Corporation


THE MIDDLEBY CORPORATION
2850 W. Golf Road, 
Suite 405
Rolling Meadows Il. 60008
Tel. 847-758-3880
Fax 847-758-3883


Rolling Meadows, IL, December 21, 1999 - The Middleby Corporation (NASDAQ: MIDD)
today announced that The Middleby Philippines Corporation (MPC) will
become part of the Middleby Cooking Systems Group with Marvin Norona,
General Manager, reporting directly to Selim Bassoul, Group President, Middleby
Cooking Systems Group. 

"The consolidation of our global manufacturing activities under our Group
President will significantly enhance our world wide mission to be a
regional manufacturer.  Additionally, and equally as important, will be
Middleby's ability to rationalize all manufacturing for best costs, product
development and customer service", said David P. Riley, President and Chief
Executive Officer. Middleby's domestic companies continue to set
records for sales and profits.  "This change will further add to their
growth and expand their international opportunities", said Riley

For further information about Middleby, visit the Company’s World Wide Web site,

http://www.middleby.com.

Contacts:

David Riley, President, 847-758-3880, or Timothy Fitzgerald
847-758-3885, of The Middleby Corporation.
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