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Porter-Cable Wins Popular Science's 2000 Best of What's New Award for Handheld Oscillating Spindle Sander

November 10, 2000

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Pentair (NYSE: PNR) announced today that editors of Popular Science Magazine have selected Porter-Cable's new handheld oscillating spindle sander (model 121) as a recipient of the magazine's 2000 Best of What's New Award. Porter-Cable's spindle sander was one of only two power tools chosen for this year's award. Porter-Cable is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pentair, a Minneapolis-based diversified manufacturer.

Speaking at an awards gala, exhibit, and luncheon held yesterday in New York City, Popular Science Senior Editor, Suzanne Kantra-Kirschner said, "Popular Science salutes Porter-Cable's Model 121 for its unique ability to take the tool to the work, rather than the work to the tool. That's why we chose the Porter-Cable spindle sander as one of only two power tools recognized in the 13th annual Best of What New Awards."

Porter-Cable's Vice President of Engineering, Matt Popik, said: "Each year, Popular Science editors review thousands of new products and technology developments and select only a select number of them for distinction as the Best of What's New. Popular Science is an excellent showcase for innovative power tools like the oscillating spindle sander. We're very proud to add this prestigious award to the growing list of accolades bestowed upon this unique product."

Porter-Cable received the Best of What's New Award in 1989 for introducing the first electric random orbit sander to the United States. The second award was presented in 1997 for the introduction of Porter-Cable's line of Whisper Series belt sanders. Porter-Cable's oscillating spindle sander, along with other 2000 Best of What's New award recipients, are featured in the December 2000 issue of Popular Science.

For more information about Porter-Cable's new handheld oscillating spindle sander, call 800-4-US-TOOL or access the Porter-Cable web-site at .

Porter-Cable Corporation is a leading manufacturer of portable electric and cordless power tools, air nailers/staplers/compressors, generators, and related accessories for the professional woodworking, commercial/residential construction, plumbing, and electrical markets. With its manufacturing operation centralized in Jackson, Tenn., Porter-Cable operates a manufacturing facility in Steinheim, Germany, where its products are produced and sold throughout Europe under the FLEX brand name.

Pentair is a diversified manufacturer operating in tools, equipment, water technologies, and enclosures markets. The company employs 14,000 people in more than 50 locations around the world.

Contact: Mark Cain of Pentair, Inc., 612-486-2761

SOURCE Pentair, Inc.

CONTACT: Mark Cain of Pentair, Inc., 612-486-2761/