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Quartet of Tools From Pentair's Porter-Cable Win Top Magazine Awards

September 6, 2001
ST. PAUL, Minn., Sep 6, 2001 /PRNewswire/ -- Four new power tools from the Porter-Cable unit of Pentair, Inc. (NYSE: PNR) were awarded top ratings this summer from editors of leading trade publications, Frank J. Feraco, president and chief operating officer of Pentair's Tools Group, announced today.

"Porter-Cable has a long history of product innovation," Feraco said, "and although we have devoted much of our attention this year on the restructuring and revitalization of our tools business, we continue to make substantial investment in new product development. The discriminating editors of some of our industry's most prestigious publications have carefully evaluated Pentair's new power tools and, judging from their reviews, our product quality and innovation have cutting-edge advantages in a highly competitive marketplace."

Among the Porter-Cable awards:

-- The model 9290 router -- the world's first cordless router -- received the Editor's Choice award from Popular Mechanics during the National Hardware Show and will be featured in the December issue of the magazine.
-- The model BN200V12 cordless brad nailer was given the Retailer's Choice Award from Do-It-Yourself Retailing, also at the National Hardware Show, and the Innovation Award from Handy magazine. Both of these magazines are expected to feature the BN200V12 in upcoming editions.
-- The model NS150A narrow crown stapler won top rating in its category in Tools of the Trade magazine. Commenting on model NS150A, the magazine's editor said, "... the Porter-Cable stapler rises to the top."
-- The model 557 biscuit jointer was given a top choice award in the September/October edition of Fine Woodworking magazine.

"As evidenced by these awards, innovation and product quality remain the hallmarks of the Porter-Cable brand," said Bob Kibbe, Porter-Cable's vice president and general manager. "We have reinforced our research and product development capabilities and will accelerate the introduction of new, breakthrough products in the years ahead. For Porter-Cable customers who appreciate top-quality, innovative tools, the best is yet to come."

Pentair, headquartered in St. Paul, produces a wide range of tools under several well-known brand names, including Porter-Cable, Delta, and ExCell. In addition to tools, the company's core businesses include water technologies and enclosures. Pentair ( ) employs 12,500 people in more than 50 locations around the world.

For more information, contact Mark Cain of Pentair, Inc., +1-651-639-5278.

SOURCE Pentair, Inc.

CONTACT: Mark Cain of Pentair, Inc., +1-651-639-5278