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Pentair Names Walter Podbelski to Lead Telecommunications Growth Initiatives at Pentair Electronic Packaging

February 2, 2000

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Pentair (NYSE: PNR) today announced the addition of Walter Podbelski to its Pentair Electronic Packaging management team as director of Telecommunications Business Development. Podbelski will lead Pentair's growth and business development initiatives in the telecommunications market.

"The addition of Walter to our management team is another key step in our growth in telecommunications. He will provide a high level of focus for this strategic segment. Walter has the leadership skills to support our customers' strong expectations for growth and flexibility for which we have become known in our short time as a company," stated John Abbott, president of Pentair Electronic Packaging. "We are very confident that our growth will continue to accelerate in the Telecom market under Walter's leadership," stated Abbott.

Podbelski is rejoining Pentair after spending the last two years in a sales leadership role with Chatham Technologies, a competitor to Pentair in the Telecom market. Prior to joining Chatham, he spent five years with Pentair's enclosure group in sales and market development positions supporting the data communications and telecommunications markets. Podbelski holds a Bachelor's degree from Westfield State College in Westfield, MA and an MBA from Oregon State University.

Pentair's Electrical and Electronic Enclosures Group generated global sales of $643 million in 1999. Pentair Electronic Packaging ( ) was formed in mid-1999 to focus the Enclosure Group's initiatives on the data communications and telecommunications industries to capitalize on the growth these industries offer. The company has strong relationships and programs with most top-tier telecom equipment providers, including Lucent Technologies, Motorola, Ericsson, Nortel Networks, Cisco Systems, and Tellabs.

Pentair ( ) is a diversified manufacturer operating in three principal markets: professional tools and equipment, water and fluid technologies, and electrical and electronic enclosures. The company employs 14,000 people in more than 50 locations around the world.

For more information contact Mark Cain of Pentair, Inc., 651-639-5278.

SOURCE Pentair, Inc.

CONTACT: Mark Cain of Pentair, Inc., 651-639-5278/