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 MERIDEN, Conn., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- CUNO Incorporated, an

international manufacturer and marketer of fluid purification systems, today announced plans to expand substantially its Connecticut operations.
 The company, a subsidiary of Ohio headquartered Commercial Intertech Corp. (NYSE: TEC), reported that it has entered into an agreement to purchase a 120,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Enfield, Connecticut Memorial Industrial Park. Scheduled to be operational in late 1992, the new facility will manufacture a number of water filtration systems, including the Aqua-Pure(R) brand, for drinking water and food service operations, and serve as CUNO's major domestic distribution center.
 Projected employment by mid-1993 will be approximately 125, comprised of 70-75 individuals transferred from CUNO's Talcottville operation and 50-55 new hires from the greater Enfield area.
 The Talcottville facility, originally constructed in 1802, will be sold, and all of its employees will be offered the opportunity to transfer to Enfield. Following completion of the Enfield and Talcottville actions, a small increase in employment may occur at the company's Stafford Springs facility. Employment at CUNO's third Connecticut operation located in Meriden will not be affected. The three current CUNO Connecticut operations employ more than 660 of the company's 1,205 total worldwide workforce.
 In making the announcement, Thomas N. Bird, president of CUNO, said, "The decision to relocate a significant part of our U.S. manufacturing and distribution to a larger and more modern facility is primarily the result of rapidly increasing demand for many of our water filtration systems. This demand translates into increased revenue for CUNO, and equally important, additional jobs for Connecticut.
 "For several months we have visited and evaluated many prospective states and cities for the location of this expanded facility. The state of Connecticut has been most cooperative and helpful, offering various types of assistance and a number of incentives that were extremely competitive and attractive. Connecticut has been 'home' for CUNO since the founding of the company in 1912. This latest decision to expand here indicates our commitment to Connecticut and our personnel, many of whom represent second and third generation CUNO employees," Bird said.
 Connecticut Economic Development Commissioner Joseph J. McGee said the decision by CUNO officials to take over the Enfield building for expanded operations is the result of months of work by state and Enfield officials.
 "Connecticut and its workers stand to gain from this decision by CUNO, which is another reflection of 'The New Connecticut' partnership between government and business," McGee said.
 "The state, thanks to the work of Governor Weicker and the state legislature, has the kind of climate that encourages businesses to stay and grow and the kinds of incentives that allow Connecticut to compete with the other 49 states," McGee said.
 McGee said the state's incentive package to the company is worth $2 million including:
 -- $600,000 grant from the Department of Economic Development for equipment purchases and labor training through the Manufacturers Assistance Act; and
 -- $1.4 million loan at 5 percent for seven years from Department of Economic Development under the Manufacturers Assistance Act.
 In addition, utility companies including Connecticut Light & Power and Yankee Gas are currently discussing utility rate incentives with the company. No agreements have been reached.
 Commenting on behalf of Enfield, Mayor Roxy Burke said, "The Town of Enfield is thrilled to have CUNO as a new member of our corporate community. CUNO represents an important addition to our tax base as well as additional employment opportunities for residents of Enfield. We welcome CUNO and look forward to a long and positive relationship."
 In addition to its domestic manufacturing facilities, CUNO has operations in France, Australia, Brazil, Singapore and Japan, and markets its fluid purification systems throughout the world.
 Commercial Intertech is a leading international manufacturer of Hydraulic Components, Fluid Purification Systems, and Metal Products. The company, which reported sales of $435 million in 1991, operates more than 25 production and assembly facilities in eight countries and markets its products throughout the world. COMMERCIAL INTERTECH
 - Stock listing - NYSE: TEC.
 - Principal Officers - Paul J. Powers, Chairman, President and CEO;
 Philip N. Winkelstern, Senior VP and Chief Financial Officer;
 Don E. Tucker, Senior VP and Chief Administrative Officer.
 - Headquarters - Youngstown, Ohio.
 - Business - International manufacturer and marketer of Hydraulic
 Products, Metal Products, Fluid Purification Systems. Founded in
 - Employment - Approximately 3500 people worldwide.
 - Operations - 27 facilities in nine countries.
 - 1991 Sales - $436,961,000; net income $11,103,000.
 - Locations of major facilities - Youngstown, Ohio; Kinngs Mountain,
 N.C.; Benton, Ark.; Hicksville, Ohio; Minneapolis; Orange, Calif.;
 Grantham, Liverpool and Gloucester, England; Diekirch and
 Lamadelaine, Luxembourg; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Port Melbourne,
 - Customers - Manufacturers of heavy-duty off-road equipment
 including construction, mining, and material handling machinery;
 processors of petrochemicals, coatings, foods, beverages and
 pharmaceuticals and consumer and commercial water filtration
 users; storage tank manufacturers and owners of buildings used as
 factories, hangars, supermarkets, and a myriad of other uses. CUNO
 - Headquarters - Meriden, Conn.
 - President - Thomas N. Bird.
 - Business - International manufacturer and marketer of fluid
 purification systems including filters for processing paints,
 coatings, commercial water filtration applications, and home water
 filtration. Founded in 1912.
 - Employment - Approximately 1200 people worldwide, 662 in
 - Operations - 10 facilities in eight countries.
 - 1991 Sales - $131,019,000; operating income $5,718,000.
 - Locations of major facilities - Meriden, Talcottville and Stafford
 Springs, Conn.; Norwood, Mass.; Marck, France; Kita-Ibaraki,
 Japan; Blacktown, Australia; Marinique, Brazil; Kowloon, Hong
 Kong; Singapore; Mainz, Germany.
 - Customers - Manufacturers and processors of petrochemicals,
 coatings, foods, beverages and pharmaceuticals and consumer and
 commercial water filtration users.
 -0- 9/11/92
 /CONTACT: Bruce C. Wheatley of Commercial Intertech Corp., 216-746-8011; or Joe Cohen, State of Connecticut Department of Economic Development, 203-258-4205/
 (TEC) CO: Commercial Intertech Corp.; CUNO Incorporated ST: Ohio; Connecticut IN: MAC SU:

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