CRAIN COMMUNICATIONS TAPS KEITH CRAIN

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DETROIT — The Crain board of directors has named Keith E. Crain chairman of Crain Communications Inc.

Keith Crain becomes the third chairman in the company's 81-year history. Founder G.D. Crain Jr. served until 1973, followed by his wife, Gertrude R. Crain. Gertrude Crain passed away in July 1996. Rance Crain continues as company president.

The Detroit-based company publishes 30 business, trade and consumer publications, including Plastics News, Advertising Age and Automotive News, and operates two radio stations from 16 offices worldwide.