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March 12, 2012

ProTeam Announces Oldest Vac Contest to Kick Off 25th Anniversary

(BOISE, IDAHO) To kick off a 25th anniversary celebratory year in 2012, ProTeam® is giving away three new high-performance machines in exchange for the three longest-lasting vacuums out in the field. Running from March 1 to April 30, the Oldest Vac Contest gives ProTeam owners the opportunity to enter in basic information on their existing vacuum for the chance to trade up to their choice of a brand new ProTeam Super CoachVac HEPA or Super QuarterVac HEPA model. Three winners will be announced on Monday, May 14, after ProTeam determines the three oldest vacuum entries by serial number.

To enter, contestants should submit their name, phone number, email address and facility type, along with pictures of their ProTeam vacuum and its serial number, to the ProTeam Facebook contest page at www.facebook.com/ProTeamVacuums. Those without Facebook accounts can email entries to pt.contest@emerson.com. Full contest details and rules are available at www.pro-team.com/contest.

“Here’s to making lasting impressions. ProTeam vacuums, especially our backpacks, stand the tests of time and the cleaning industry,” said Jacalyn High, ProTeam Director of Marketing. “We are surprised at how often we see decades-old ProTeam vacuums still out in the field being used every day. So for our silver anniversary, and to reward those customers who have loved and cared for their vacs over the long haul, we want to seek out the oldest machines and trade them up for brand new models.”

ProTeam held a similar Oldest Vac Contest 8 years ago, when the company was 17 years old. A 17-year-old vacuum ended up in the winners’ circle. In the cleaning industry, when the lifespan of a heavily-used vacuum typically extends less than a year, “the fact that these vacuums are still in daily use is a remarkable achievement worthy of commemorating,” High noted.

“The entire year of 2012 will be an anniversary celebration in dedication to our fans, whose devotion to ProTeam vacuums has enabled our company to last a quarter of a century, while staying innovative and relevant,” said High.

ProTeam will continue to post updates and pictures on the company’s 25th anniversary year celebrations, contests and giveaways on the Facebook fan page (www.facebook.com/ProTeamVacuums) throughout the year.

ProTeam® (www.pro-team.com) became a global phenomenon in the commercial cleaning world in 1987 after introducing a game-changing design innovation, the lightweight backpack vacuum. Scientific studies and maintenance crews consistently find ProTeam vacuums save time, money and resources while improving indoor air quality. In 2009, Emerson—a diversified global manufacturing and technology company—acquired ProTeam, and the legacy of innovation continues with a full range of vacuums and floorcare tools designed to tackle every cleaning situation.

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion. For more information, visit (www.Emerson.com).