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Pentair Opens Chicago Enclosures Facility to Serve Communications Markets

April 24, 2000

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Pentair (NYSE: PNR) announced today that it has opened a new facility consolidating several of its Pentair Electronic Packaging operations and business activities in a new 150,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Des Plaines, Ill. The new comprehensive production center, near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, houses Pentair's precision stamping operations, cabinet manufacturing, and system integration services, expanding the Company's support for the fast growing telecommunications and data communications markets.

"Pentair Electronic Packaging's new Chicago area facility will help support the aggressive growth needs of our key telecom customers, such as Motorola, Dell Computer, Compaq, Tellabs, and Hughes," said John Abbott, president of Pentair Electronic Packaging. "This state-of-the-art production center will strengthen our customer partnerships and support the many exciting new contracts that we have been awarded by existing and new customers. This location will work together with our other strategic locations in North America and in Europe and Asia."

Mark Horita, who has been appointed General Manager of the Chicago facility, will continue to build upon his excellent background of supplying electronic assembly to original equipment manufacturers. The Des Plaines plant, which currently employs more than 240 people, consolidates Pentair Electronic Packaging operations formerly housed in Wood Dale and Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Pentair's Electrical and Electronic Enclosures Group generated global sales of $643 million in 1999. The Pentair Electronic Packaging ( ) division was formed in mid-1999 to focus on the data communications and telecommunications industries to capitalize on the growth these industries offer.

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 and currently as annualized sales exceeding $3 billion. The company's stock (PNR) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. SOURCE Pentair, Inc.

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