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ProQuest Company Launched from Base of Bell & Howell e-Businesses

     - Webcast to Update Investors on Company's Evolution, Expectations -

    ANN ARBOR, Mich., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- When the New York Stock Exchange
opens tomorrow, ProQuest Company (NYSE: PQE) becomes the new name and new
listing for 94-year-old Bell & Howell Company.  ProQuest Company is composed
of the companies formerly known as Bell & Howell Information and Learning and
Bell & Howell Publishing Services and is led by Jim Roemer, who had been Bell
& Howell's chairman, president and CEO.  Its 2000 sales for continuing
operations were $374.3 million.
    To create ProQuest Company and focus on e-learning and e-publishing, Bell
& Howell has sold or is selling its mail and messaging technologies and
imaging businesses.
    "We chose ProQuest as the company's new name to capitalize on the strong
brand reputation of one of our most popular and powerful brands," Roemer said.

    ProQuest Linked With Innovative, High Quality E-Resources
    "We believe the name ProQuest(R) resonates with customers across all
markets we serve.  That's because it has been strongly associated with
innovative, high-quality electronic resources.  Under the ProQuest name, we
will continue our commitment to serving the 'quest' for valuable information
by automotive and powersports dealers and manufacturers, libraries,
educational institutions, distance learners and other customers," Roemer said.
"And taking full advantage of our technology, content and market expertise,
we'll continue to explore extensions and new ventures beyond our traditional
    Since the early 1990s, the name ProQuest has been applied to a suite of
electronic databases serving the library and educational community.  Today,
the ProQuest Web-based online service reaches more than 10 million students
through the libraries of North America's 4,000 colleges and universities and
handles more than 2.5 million pageviews per day.
    Roemer and New York Stock Exchange officials will observe ProQuest
Company's launch by ringing the ceremonial bell to close the Big Board at
4:00 p.m. EDT today.  Then a webcast to brief investors on the company's
evolution from Bell & Howell to ProQuest and to provide an update on the
company's performance expectations will start at 4:30 p.m. EDT.  It can be
accessed at or .

    About ProQuest Company
    ProQuest Company was born of Bell & Howell Company's two highly respected
information access businesses.  Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., ProQuest Company is
a leader in e-learning and e-publishing, with more than 2,400 employees and
more than $370 million in sales.  For its customers in the academic, library,
automotive and powersports industries, the company provides access to a body
of content that is unmatched in breadth and depth.  For more information,

    About Information and Learning
    Information and Learning transforms information contained in periodicals,
newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books and other scholarly material
into easily accessed answers.  The company collects, creates, organizes and
distributes information and develops learning products for professors,
students and lifelong learners in universities, classrooms, libraries and
homes.  The company possesses the world's largest commercial archive of
content, including 7,000 newspapers and 20,000 periodicals, 1.5 million
dissertations and a microfilm vault containing nearly 6 billion pages of
information.  This information is then made available through subscriptions
via the Internet, CD and microform.  For more information, call 800-521-0600
(U.S. and Canada) or 734-761-4700, or visit .

    About Publishing Services
    Publishing Services provides electronic content and e-commerce
applications for dealerships that require immediate access to technical
information and diagrams related to parts, service and business operations.
Customers include more than 35,000 automotive, motorcycle and marine dealers
and more than 30 auto and powersports manufacturers.  These services help
dealers improve business operations by transforming complex technical and
performance measurement data into easily accessed answers.  This information
in turn helps manufacturers, dealerships or service networks more effectively
manage their businesses.  For more information, call 800-443-6910, or visit .

     Investor Relations
     Dwight Mater
     ProQuest Company
     (734) 761-4700

     Media Relations
     Bill Hammons/Scott Redick
     The Reynolds Communication Group
     (847) 675-8100

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