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Pentair's DeVilbiss Air Power Company Named Home Depot's 'Vendor Partner Of The Year' for its Pressure Washer Line
02.08.2002
ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb 8, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Pentair, Inc. (NYSE: PNR) announced today that its DeVilbiss Air Power Company (DAPC) subsidiary was named Home Depot's 2001 Vendor Partner of the Year based on the tremendous success of the DAPC Ex-Cell pressure washer program. One of thousands of manufacturers supplying products to the world's largest home improvement retailer, DAPC was one of only 10 vendors presented with the honor and was the only company within Home Depot's Paint Department to win the award.

The Vendor Partner of the Year award recognizes suppliers who demonstrate outstanding performance in the areas of store service, new product introductions, and high fill rates. The Home Depot noted that its relationship with DAPC led to unprecedented pressure washer sales increases in 2001, compared to those of the previous year.

"Pressure washers are the up-and-coming, must-have tool that can be used for a multitude of do-it-yourself cleaning jobs," said Gene Swacker, executive vice president of Pentair Tools. "Partnering with The Home Depot certainly affords us the best opportunity to address the fast-growing 'Do-It-Yourself' segment of the market."

DAPC ( http://www.devap.com ) is a leading manufacturer of air compressors, air tools, generators, nailer/staplers, and cold water pressure washers. The company employs 1,000 people and is headquartered in Jackson, Tenn., where it also has an extensive manufacturing and warehouse facility. A second DAPC manufacturing facility is located in Decatur, Ark.

Pentair is a St. Paul-based manufacturer whose core businesses compete in Tools, Water Technologies, and Enclosures markets. The company employs 11,500 people in more than 50 locations around the world.

For more information, please contact: Mark Cain for Pentair, Inc., 651-639-5278.

SOURCE Pentair, Inc.

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


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