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BUXTON SUCCEEDS NUGENT AS CHAIRMAN OF PENTAIR

 ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Directors of Pentair, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: PNTA), the St. Paul-based manufacturer of industrial products and paper, today announced Winslow H. Buxton, 53, has been named chairman of the board. Buxton, elected chief executive officer in August 1992, succeeds D. Eugene Nugent, 65, who retired from active management in December 1992 in accordance with Pentair's policy for senior management. Nugent continues as a member of the Pentair board of directors.
 Buxton was elected Pentair's president and chief operating officer in July 1990. He served as vice president of Pentair's Paper Group from January 1989 and was president of Pentair's Niagara of Wisconsin paper business from 1987 to 1989. Buxton's 30 years of experience includes operations, engineering, marketing and other senior management positions at Willamette Industries, Boise Cascade and Publisher's Paper. He is a 1961 graduate of the University of Washington and holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering.
 Pentair, Inc. is a St. Paul-based company comprised of 10 businesses which manufacture woodworking equipment, electric power tools, sporting ammunition, electrical enclosures, automotive service equipment, industrial lubrication systems, material dispensing equipment, pumps and paper. Pentair common stock is quoted on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol PNTA.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Cain of Pentair, 612-636-7920/
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