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Pentair's Porter-Cable, Delta Tools Recognized For Performance, Features, and Value

March 16, 2000

ST. PAUL, Minn., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Pentair (NYSE: PNR) today announced that the editors of four national publications have recently recognized eight Porter-Cable and Delta tools for their superior performance, features, and value.

Popular Mechanics awarded Porter-Cable's Model 9884 19.2-Volt cordless drill its Editor's Choice award (February 2000 issue). Today's Homeowner named Porter-Cable's Model 9845 cordless saw as one of its Best New Products of 2000 (February 2000 issue). American Woodworker selected Porter-Cable's Model 7529 Plunge Router as an Editor's Choice (February 2000 issue) and named Delta's Model 22-560 and Model 22-540 Type 2 portable planers as Editor's Choice and Best Buy, respectively (April 2000 issue). Tools of the Trade named Porter-Cable's Model 7529 Plunge Router as its favorite among seven plunge routers tested (January/February 2000 issue), and chose Porter-Cable's line of 19.2-Volt cordless tools for its Editor's Choice award (May/June 2000 issue).

"We're pleased that the editor's of these fine publications have chosen Porter-Cable and Delta tools for the superior value they represent," said Jack Garlock, president of Pentair's Porter-Cable and Delta tool businesses. "The selection of our products for these prestigious awards reflects our ongoing commitment to build quality and innovation into every tool we make."

"Every year we give our Editor's Choice award for innovation and for providing new tools that improve the way we all work," said Rick Schwolsky, Editor of Tools of the Trade. "We've selected Porter-Cable this year for its leadership in cordless technology by developing its new 19.2-Volt line of cordless tools."

Porter-Cable is a leading manufacturer of portable electric and cordless power tools, air nailers/staplers/compressors, and related accessories for the woodworking, commercial/residential construction, plumbing, and electrical markets. Delta manufactures general-purpose stationary woodworking machinery, select contractor tools, homeshop products, and accessories for cabinet, case goods and furniture makers; commercial, residential, and industrial construction; and do-it-yourself/homeshop retailers. Porter-Cable and Delta are headquartered in Jackson, Tennessee, with manufacturing facilities in Jackson and Tupelo, Mississippi.

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.

CONTACT: Mark Cain of Pentair, Inc., 651-639-5278; or Todd Langston of
Porter-Cable/Delta, 901-394-0697.

SOURCE Pentair, Inc.

CONTACT: Mark Cain of Pentair, Inc., 651-639-5278; or Todd Langston of Porter-Cable/Delta, 901-394-0697/