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DeVilbiss Air Power Company Hits Manufacturing Milestone: 10 Million Air Compressors

February 17, 2003
ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb 17, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Pentair (NYSE: PNR) today announced that its DeVilbiss Air Power Company unit produced its 10- millionth air compressor at its Jackson, Tennessee facility on February 13, 2003. Part of Pentair's Tool Group, DeVilbiss Air Power Company is a leading manufacturer of air compressors, pressure washers, and generators. The company has the ability to manufacture an air compressor every six seconds.

"Without the strong work ethic and dedication of the DeVilbiss' employees, this achievement wouldn't have been possible," said H. Eugene Swacker, interim president of the Pentair Tools Group. "This milestone is also a testament to the ever-improving efficiency of our operations and our supply chain."

DeVilbiss Air Power Company began manufacturing portable compressors at its Toledo, Ohio facility in 1978. From 1978 until August of 1989, the company produced 1.5 million compressors. DeVilbiss Air Power Company then relocated to Jackson in 1989 and, by 1992, had produced its first million compressors. Over the subsequent 10 years, the company added nine million more units to achieve the 10 million unit milestone.

The Pentair Tools Group, which employs approximately 2000 people, includes Jackson-based Delta International woodworking machinery and Porter-Cable power tools.

Pentair ( ) is a St. Paul-based manufacturer whose core businesses compete in tools, water technologies, and enclosures markets. The company employs 12,000 people in more than 50 locations around the world.

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

SOURCE Pentair